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Bouvier des Ardennes
Bélgica FCI 171 - Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Boyero de las Ardenas

The Bouvier des Ardennes He is distrustful with strangers but very faithful to its owner.



The Bouvier des Ardennes It is a rare breed of dog originating in Belgium.

Since its inception, the Bouvier des Ardennes, He was raised to take care and drive cattle. It is still used for such purposes today., but also often seen as a pet. Although his passion of live outdoor continues it as an excellent dog for work in general on the farm, for driving of herds and the custody of private farms.

Formerly, was known as "cow dog in the Belgian Ardennes", the harsh climate and the rugged relief, coupled with the poverty of the region, They carried that are very strong and resilient dogs, since only the healthiest and strongest specimens survived.

In the 19th century, it was used by poachers to round up deer and wild boar, became, years. At that time, during the two world wars, in the Hound of the illegal Hunter.

It is the 27 in April of 1903, in an exhibition of Liège, such a teacher Reul discover "Tom", the first dog with dog type Bouvier ideal format. In the 1913 the " is foundedSociety liejesa for the improvement of the dog of the province of Liège and the Ardennes boyero”, It draws up a draft standard. The final text was formalized by Belgium in 1923 and published by the F.C.I. the 16 in June of 1963.

In the past, All the dogs that worked with the cattle were called "Bouvier” (Dog of the bovine species). Y, in each region there was a different variety of pstor dog, while retaining common features. They were very much appreciated by the ganaderon dogs, muleteers and merchants. As civilization evolved, vehicles appeared, for example, and the needs in the agricultural world varied, traders were not used dogs as transport, for example. To this we must add, devastating was the bloody struggle of the first world war, where most of theBouviers" they were eliminated. Many of the rarer types have become extinct altogether, as the Bouvier Roulers, the Moerman Bouvier, and the Paret Bouvier.

[stextbox id=”info” float=”true” width =”340″]The disappearance of numerous estates in the Belgian Ardennes, coupled with the decline of dairy herds (product of the war), considerably reduced the number of dogs, taking it almost on the verge of extinction.

The varieties that still remain are the Bouvier des Ardennes and the Bouvier de Flandres. Both France and Belgium have argued that the dog of Flanders is his native, and the FCI registered with the dubbed “Franco-Belge”, to prevent discord.

In the year 1990, breeders are dedicated to breeding dogs that come as close as possible to the typical characteristics of the standard, on the basis of this lineage of the Ardennes.

Physical characteristics

The Bouvier des Ardennes is a large dog, males have a height of 56 to 62 cm., and females in 52 to 56 cm.. The weight of the males is of 28 to 35 kg and females in 22 to 28 kg.

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The coat is adapted so that they can live outdoors and care and drive herds, regardless of the inclement weather, According to the seasons of the year, very extreme in their region of origin.

The hair of the surface should be dry, rough and tangled. It measures each 6 especially the body cm, but it is shorter and more smooth on the skull. It notes the presence of short bangs on the back of the forearm. The back of the thighs is covered with long hair as a shawl. The outside of the ears is covered in short hairs. The inner layer of hair, is dense in all seasons, It is most abundant in winter.

All colors are accepted, except for the White. The color of the background hair varies depending on the color of the surface hair. Although it is not desirable, accepted a white mark on the backsplash or white at the tip of the fingers. The fur is often gray hairs, intermingled black or fawn. There is also a grey fur, that goes from light grey to dark grey, and Brown fur, Red or straw-colored.

Character and skills

Now is an excellent dog family companion, where has your daily dose of exercise and good walks in the open air. It will always be happy when you have a job to do, as for example, care of children.

He is distrustful with strangers but very faithful to its owner.

Observations and tips

He is only known in his country of origin.

Characteristics "Bouvier des Ardennes"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed "Bouvier des Ardennes" you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, you must take into account his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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Images Bouvier des Ardennes

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs).
  • Section 2: Sennenhund Dogs.. With proof of work..



FCI breed standard "Bouvier des Ardennes"

FCIFCI - Bouvier des Ardennes
Cattle dog

Alternative names:

1. Bouvier des Ardennes (English).
2. Bouvier des Ardennes (French).
3. Bouvier des Ardennes, Ardennen-Treibhund (German).
4. boieiro das Ardenas (Portuguese).
5. Boyero de las Ardenas (español).

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