The breed was imported into the United States from Europe by American fanciers until World War II; and in 1963, the American Bouvier des Flandres Club was established. Coat requires extensive maintenance grooming wise. The Bouvier Des Flandres is a thick and heavy coated dog with a distinctive beard and mustache. Most people don’t even know what a Bouvier is. They are rather reserved and not an extremely playful breed once they fully mature at three years of age although they get along well with children. Undercoat is soft and dense, while outercoat is rough and harsh. The Bouvier des Flandres originated as a distinct breed at the end of the 19th century, in the agrarian communities of western Belgium (Flanders).
The Bouvier des Flandres is a good watchdog and guard dog although they are not prone to aggression.
These dogs are fierce protectors and great family dogs. A Bouvier is a herding dog, just like the German Shepherd dog, but the Bouvier is not overbred.
The Bouvier des Flandres is a powerfully built, compact, short-coupled, rough-coated dog of notably rugged appearance. They are calm in the house and yet on guard for intruders, so I feel they are the best for family protection. Their sheer size and intimidating look is usually enough to keep unwanted people away.
Harsh, rough, and shaggy looking hair is dry and somewhat crisp. While the Bouvier has not enjoyed much popularity in this country, it is well-known at dog shows, and it has been known for its use in search and rescue efforts and as a guide for the blind.
The Victoria, B.C., police department has also used Bouviers on its dog squad.