Dog Breeds Gallery

We've brought together dog breeds from all over the world including Australia so you can learn more about their history, habits, personalities, and unique abilities. The more you know about dogs, the more you love them. Browse the dog breeds list below to read more about your dream dog.

Bouvier Des Flandres

Bouvier Des Flandres
The Bouvier des Flandres or "Cattle Dog of Flanders" originated in the low-lying areas of what is now Belgium and Holland. It is virtually impossible to pinpoint the breed's exact origins, but it probably evolved from the hardiest farm and country dogs. Modernisation of farm equipment has put a stop to the Bouvier’s original use as a working dog and nowadays serves principally as a guardian of farm and family or, in some countries, as a working service dog for the Police and Defence forces.


This breed of dog usually lives up to 12 years of age but can live to 14 years with the proper care and diet.


The Bouvier des Flandres dog varies between being a natural clown capable of befriending almost anyone, and being a reserved, one-man dog. The way in which their personality develops depends very much on the amount of love and care provided. Ideally, they should be calm but alert companions with a tendency to become deeply attached to their family.


The Bouvier des Flandres has a dominant nature and likes to be "top dog" in the home. Bouvier puppies adapt well to older dogs or cats in the home, but older Bouviers can be more difficult to integrate into a new home with existing pets. Bringing a new dog into the home after your Bouvier has ruled the roost for some time may lead to conflict, but careful obedience training will soon control this behaviour.


The Bouvier des Flandres is a double-coated dog. It has an outer coat of rough and harsh hair and an undercoat of fine and close hairs. The shaggy coat of the Bouvier requires a great deal of maintenance to ensure that the loose hairs are not retained by the undercoat and it needs to be combed for a minimum of 30 minutes per week to prevent matting.


The Bouvier Des Flandres makes an excellent companion provided owners can accept a dog with an independent nature. Due to its size, this breed is ideal for those people who can give it strong leadership and plenty of exercise.


If you have decided that the Bouvier des Flandres is the dog for you and you are aware that it requires a lot of maintenance, then contact one of the groups listed below:

Canine Clubs

  • Australian Capital Territory:
    Dogs ACT
    (ACT Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 815
    Dickson, ACT 2602
    Tel: 02 6241 4404
    Fax: 02 6241 1129
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • New South Wales:
    Dogs NSW
    (Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
    PO Box 632
    St Marys, NSW 1790
    Tel: 02 9834 3022
    Fax: 02 9834 3872
    (Details current as of 10/10/2013)
  • Northern Terrority:
    Dogs NT
    (North Australian Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 37521
    Winnellie, NT 0821
    Tel: 08 8984 3570
    Fax: 08 8984 3409
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Queensland:
    Dogs Queensland
    (Canine Control Council (Queensland))
    PO Box 495
    Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
    Tel: 07 3252 2661
    Fax: 07 3252 3864
    (Details correct as of 14/12/2017)
  • South Australia:
    Dogs SA
    (South Australian Canine Association Inc)
    PO Box 844
    Prospect East, SA 5082
    Tel: 08 8349 4797
    Fax: 08 8262 5751
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Tasmania:
    Dogs Tasmania
    (Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
    The Rothman Building
    PO Box 116
    Glenorchy, Tas 7010
    Tel: 03 6272 9443
    Fax: 03 6273 0844
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Victoria:
    Dogs Victoria
    (Victorian Canine Association)
    Locked Bag K9
    Cranbourne, Vic 3977
    Tel: 03 9788 2500
    Fax: 03 9788 2599
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
  • Western Australia:
    Dogs West
    (Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
    Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
    Southern River, WA, 6110
    Tel: 08 9455 1188
    Fax: 08 9455 1190
    (Details correct as of 10/10/2013)