Bouvier des Flandres


Bouvier des Flandres
/booh vyay" deuh flan"deuhrz/; Fr. /booh vyay day flahonn"drddeu/, pl. Bouviers des Flandres /booh vyayz" deuh flan"deuhrz/; Fr. /booh vyay day flahonn"drddeu/.
one of a Belgian breed of dogs having eyebrows, a mustache and a beard, and a rough, wiry, tousled coat ranging in color from fawn to pepper-and-salt, gray, brindle, or black.
[1930-35; < F: lit., cowherd of Flanders, from their use with cattle]

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▪ breed of dog
French“cowherd of Flanders”
 cattle-driving dog noted for its working ability. The breed originated in southwestern Flanders and the northern hills of France. It served as an ambulance dog and messenger in World War I. In Belgium it must win a prize in police work or as a guard or army dog before it can gain the title of champion. The bouvier des Flandres is characterized by a rugged appearance and compact build. It has a thick, wiry, tousled-looking coat and may be brown, black, gray, mixed gray and white (salt-and-pepper), or brindle. It stands 23.5 to 27.5 inches (60 to 70 cm) and weighs, ideally, about 88 pounds (40 kg).

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