Breed Organization United Kennel Club (UKC) Website: http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country Belgium Other Names Bouvier des Ardennes Life Expectancy Approximately 11-14 Years Litter Size No litter information available. Breed Group No breed group information available.
Breed Appearance The Bouvier De Ardennes can come in any color except white. It is usually found in brindled or peppered variety. It has medium
length, coarse, wiry hair, with a "beard" and "eyebrows". This dog is naturally tailless and is around 24 inches at the shoulder. Ideal weight is between
55–65 lbs. This dog has short, prick ears and a keen eye.
Breed Description Head: Massive, relatively short. Stop not pronounced. Short,
broad muzzle with goatlike beard. Tight-lipped jaws. Ears: Not cropped. Flat ears are not permissible. Erect ears
breaking forward and semi-prick folding to the side are permitted. Eyes: Dark color. Gold color or walleyes not permissible. Body: Medium size. Short, thick neck. Broad forechest. Broad,
deep chest. Ribs well sprung. Belly not tucked up. Topline (back,
loin, croup) powerful, broad, and horizontal. Tail: Naturally tailless or docked to one vertebra. Hair: Rough, mussed, 5 cm long. Must be shorter on the head
and legs. Very thick undercoat. Coat: All colors permitted. Size: Approx. 60 cm. Weight: 22 to 25 kg.
History Some believe that the Bouvier des Ardennes was the result of a cross
between the Belgian Cattle Dog and the Picardy Shepherd. Others
maintain that it is a native breed, probably developed around the
eighteenth century by crossing several local sheepdog breeds.
In the past, all the dogs that worked with cattle were called Bouvier (bovine herder). Each region
throughout the area had its own type. From ancient rough-coated stock, these dogs were prized guardians
and drovers. As the motorized age arrived, the need for driving cattle to the market was gone and so was
the call that helped with the drives.
The Bouviers were almost eliminated after the bloody fighting
of World War I. Many of the rarer types were lost altogether. The breeds that are a memory include: Bouvier de
Roulers, Bouvier de Moerman, and Bouvier de Paret. Still remaining are the Bouvier de Ardennes and Bouvier des
Flandres. Both France and Belgium have claimed the dog of Flandres, and the FCI has actually dubbed it "Franco-Belgian".
Behavior This rustic breed is accustomed to living outdoors, tough guard
work, and herding cattle, at which it excels. This tough,
hard-working dog is always on the alert and is wary of strangers. He
is affectionate with his owner and very obedient. They are good with children they have known
from puppyhood. Socialization is imperative. Obedience training and socialization will not be a
problem as these dogs are obedient and easy to train. When the dog is performing its herding duties,
the slightest sign of command from the master will be acted at once by the dog.
Health No health information available.
Advice This dog is not made for city living. He needs space and a lot of
exercise. Regular brushing is required.