Herding Dogs: Bouvier Des Flandres And Briard

These two herding dogs, the Bouvier des Flandres and Briard were not good in cattle driving but also made their mark in history as war heroes as well.

Bouvier des Flandres

Initially a cattle driver in Belgium, the Bouvier later acquired fame as a police and army dog in his native land. The breed was almost destroyed during World War I; those that survived aided in restoring the Bouvier. Here is a powerful dog, noble, short in back, medium-long in head, with mustache, beard, and shaggy eyebrows. The tousled body coat is rough and hard, while the tail is docked. The rough-coated

ears are triangular-shaped when cropped.

WEIGHT: 60-90 pounds
HEIGHT: males 24 1/2-27 1/2 inches; females 23 1/2-26 1/2 inches
COLOR: fawn to black, passing through salt and pepper, gray and brindle.


Named after the province of Brie, the Briard is an ancient breed, dating

back to the 8th century, when he was portrayed in tapestries. He guarded his charges against wolves and poachers in former times. He has been in America during the Revolution, having been brought to this continent by Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette. Square and strong, the Briard has a short back, a relatively large and long head, and heavy hair falling over the ears, eyes, and muzzle. His ears are semi-erect, and his tail is long, low, and well-feathered. The coat is long, somewhat wavy, and coarse in texture. His hind legs have double dewclaws.

WEIGHT: 70-85 pounds
HEIGHT: males 23-27 inches; females 22-25 1/2 inches
COLOR: uniform colors, except white. Dark colors—black, gray, brawny—preferred.

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