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Bouvier Des Flandres

As published in Canadian Dogs Annual
Bouvier Des Flandres
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Appearance
23-28" (59-70 cm) 60-100 lb (27-45 kg) Tousled-looking, weatherproof double coat. Outercoat is thick and rough. Innercoat is soft and thick. Moustache and beard. Shades ranging from fawn to black. May have white markings.
Champion European/Canadian lines combining loving temperament with genetic soundness. Bred/Owned by Victoria Wellwood, Breugel Perm. Reg’d. Roberts Creek, BC V0N 2W5
History

In the plains of Flanders, Belgium, people needed a dog that could do it all. The Bouvier was expected to herd and drive cattle, act as a watch and guard dog, kill vermin, pull a cart, and be a family companion. By 1910, there were four different varieties of Bouvier in Flanders. Because of their brave and willing spirit, Bouviers were used as messenger and ambulance dogs during the First World War, but the breed was decimated and only preserved through the efforts of Belgian army veterinarian, Captain Darby. By the end of the war, the four varieties of Bouvier had been combined, creating the Bouvier des Flandres. The dogs continued their military duties in the Second World War, where their keen noses made them suitable for scenting land mines and ammunition dumps.

Arriving in North America in the 1920s, these versatile dogs also work as seeing-eye dogs, therapy dogs, search and rescue dogs, police dogs and more.

Personality

Big and initially intimidating, the Bouvier des Flandres is actually a loyal family dog. He is even-tempered and loves his people. His keen nose and intelligence mean he can be trained for a variety of jobs, and he loves to work. It is important he is well socialized and has basic training when young; his large size can make it more difficult when he matures.

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Bouvier Des Flandres Breeders

Alberta Bouvier des Flandres Club
Alberta

Alberta Bouvier des Flanders Club, Cheryl Gilliam – Secretary. Edmonton, AB. (780) 435-8835; albertabdfc@xplornet.ca; www.albertabouvierclub.ca

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Breugel Perm. Reg’d
British Columbia

Breugel Perm Reg’d., Victoria Wellwood. Committed to the preservation of this magnificent breed. Happy, healthy, social home-raised puppies bred for temperament, health, and conformation.  Breeding dogs are 5-star health tested.  2-year written health guarantee.  Stud services available.  Visitors welcome by appointment. Roberts Creek, BC. (604) 886 7629; wellwoodv@gmail.com; www.breugelbouviers.ca

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Tearanook Reg’d
Ontario

Tearanook Reg’d, Denice Cranston. Breeder of Bouviers for over 25 years. President of the Ontario Bouvier des Flanders club. All breeding stock are OFA certified. Puppies are particularly bred for easy going temperaments and come with a 3-year health guarantee. Breeder of 5 Service dogs in active service across Canada and featured on CMT’s Pick a Puppy, Season 3 Ep. 36 “All in the Family”.  Angus, ON. (705) 424-2801; tearanook@hotmail.com

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