Bouvier des Flandres

USD $1500-$2000 Price Avg.

Working Dogs



Breed Type



10-12 years


Breed Information

Group Working Dogs
Popularity/Rank 85
Origin Belgium
Other Names Belgian Cattle Dog, Flanders Cattle Dog, Vlaamse Koehond
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $1500-$2000
How much does it cost to buy a Bouvier des Flandres?
Bouvier des Flandres are usually priced differently from breeder to breeder and from place to place. As a rough guide, you can expect to pay between $1500 to $2000 if you purchase your dog from a reputable breeder. The price will increase if the dog has a fantastic pedigree. Dogs that already have basic training maybe even more expensive. But, most Bouvier des Flandres can be adopted through a shelter for a lower fee.
Size Large
Weight Males 75-110 pounds (34-50 kg),
Female: 60-80 pounds (27-36 kg)
Height Male: 23-28 inches (58-71 cm),
Female: 22-27 inches (56-69 cm)
Lifespan 10-12 years
Recognized by AKC, FCI
The American Kennel Club in 1931 as a Herding breed. And FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledog
Purpose cattle herding
Date of Origin 1600s
Ancestry Beauceron, Griffon, Mastiff, Sheepdog

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Rough
Coat Colors Black, Brindle, Fawn, Gray, Pepper, Salt
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Blue, Brindle, Brown, Cream, Fawn, Gray, Red, Silver, White
Coat Length Medium
Coat Density Dense
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Deshedder, Nail Clipper, Pin Brush, Slicker Brush
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Defensive, Delicate, Familiar, Gentle, Intelligent, Loyal, Protective, Rational
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners No
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Cataracts, Elbow Dysplasia, Glaucoma, Heart Problems, Hip Dysplasia
Hypoallergenic Yes
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level Moderate
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 15 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 90 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 3 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day.
Cups Per Day 3 cups
Daily Cost $2.00 - $2.25
Monthly Cost $60.00 - $67.50


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Bouvier des Flandres have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 5-10 puppies (Once a year.)


The Bouvier des Flandres is a large, strong, and powerful dog breed that originated in Belgium. They are known for their intelligence, loyalty, and protective nature. The Bouvier des Flandres has a distinctive appearance with a thick double coat of fur that is usually black or gray in color. They have a broad head with small ears and dark eyes. Their body is muscular and well-proportioned with strong legs and feet.

The lifespan of the Bouvier des Flandres is typically between 10 to 12 years. They are considered to be medium-sized dogs, weighing between 55 to 90 pounds (25 to 41 kg). The height of the breed ranges from 22 to 27 inches (56 to 69 cm). The colors of the Bouvier des Flandres can vary from black or gray to fawn or brindle.

The personality of the Bouvier des Flandres is one of intelligence, loyalty, and protectiveness. They are very alert dogs who will bark at any unfamiliar noises or people they perceive as threats. They are also very loyal companions who will form strong bonds with their owners and families.

The Bouvier des Flandres is generally friendly towards other dogs, children, and other animals if they have been properly socialized from an early age. However, they can be wary around strangers so it’s important for them to be exposed to different people in order for them to become comfortable around them.

The temperament of the Bouvier des Flandres can vary depending on how they were raised but generally speaking they are calm yet alert dogs who enjoy being active outdoors but also love spending time indoors cuddling up with their owners or family members when given the chance!

When it comes to health issues the Bouvier des Flandres can suffer from hip dysplasia which can cause lameness in one or both hind legs as well as eye problems such as cataracts which may lead to blindness if left untreated so regular checkups at your vet should be done in order for any potential health issues like these ones mentioned above can be caught early on before becoming more serious problems down the line!

In terms of adaptability level this breed does quite well living both indoors or outdoors although it’s important that if you do decide on keeping your dog outside that you provide them with adequate shelter such as a kennel/dog house during cold weather months so that they don’t get too cold!

Overall having a Bouvier des Flandres as a pet has many benefits such as being an intelligent companion who loves spending time outdoors playing fetch or going on long walks/hikes while also being loyal guardians who will protect their family members when needed!


The Bouvier des Flandres is a large, rugged breed of dog that was originally used for herding and as a working dog on farms. The breed is thought to have originated in the Flanders region of Belgium, and its name means “cowherd of Flanders” in French. The Bouvier des Flandres is a descendant of the extinct Great Dane-like dogs that were once common in Europe. These dogs were used for hunting large game such as boar and deer, as well as for guarding property and livestock.

The Bouvier des Flandres nearly became extinct during World War I, when many of the dogs were killed in the fighting. The breed was saved by a few dedicated fanciers who began a breeding program to revive the breed after the war. The Bouvier des Flandres became popular in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s, when it was used as a working dog on police forces and in military service. The breed has also been used as a search-and-rescue dog, service dog, and therapy dog.

The ancestry of the Bouvier des Flandres includes several other breeds of large working dogs, such as the Briard, Beauceron, and Rottweiler. The first recorded mention of a “Bouvier” type of dog dates back to 1609, but it is not clear if this refers to the same breed we know today. The first documented use of the name “Bouvier des Flandres” was in 1874, when a Belgian breeder named Pierre Hubert de Pouly exhibited two dogs of this type at a show in Ghent.

The Bouvier des Flandres was recognized as a distinct breed by the American Kennel Club in 1929 and by the United Kennel Club in 1955. Today, the breed is still used as a working dog on farms and ranches, but it is also popular as a family pet.