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The region of Flanders, which shared an artificial border between France and Belgium dating from the treaty of Utrecht in 1715, has preserved the characteristics common to this region. This is particularly so in the extensive agricultural area found around the cities of Lille, Gent and Antwerp. In the 19th century, in this rural region intersected by the Lys and the Escault, the Bouvier developed its proficiency as a farm guard dog, and was bred to watch over cattle. He was also a draft dog, pulling carts of milk or coal.

Multifaceted, the Bouvier inherited tracking ability from the dogs used by tobacco smugglers between Belgium and France. Bouviers also worked with customs officer.


bouvier_art_02.pngAt the beginning of the 20th century,the Bouvier des Flandres began to represent in the canine exhibitions in Belgium and in the North of France. Thus in 1912 the "Saint Hubert Club of North" (FCI Club) organized with the agricultural committee of the North a competition of "Dogs used in agriculture" where Bouvier was present. The war of 1914-1918, the battle fronts of which crossed trough the geographic zone of Bouvier's origin, put the breed seriously in danger the extinction. Breeding kennel developed again after the war.


bouvier_art_04.pngThe official name "Bouvier des Flandres", accepted in 1928 in Belgium and in 1931 in France, brought about a common standard in 1938. Beginning in 1946, the Bouvier des Flandres has takenon an international dimension. Bouviers are present in the all of Europe and in America.

In 1965, The Belgian and French clubs, met in Lille and adopted one unique standard for this Franco-Belgian breed, "which was created over time and dedicated by the time - the breed is tied to my country as the most more faithful traditions" Justin Chastel.

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