We no longer own or breed Bouviers. We have left these pages here for your enjoyment.
You can find breeder referrals & rescue information at www.cbdfc.org
My interest in Bouvier des Flandres came after much research into different breeds. My breed preference has always been in the Herding group because of their intelligence, loyalty and ability to adjust to their owner's activity level. I chose Bouviers because I was looking for a larger dog that would offer me personal security along with the other traits I enjoyed in my Shelties.
Bouvier des Flanders are sturdy, yet agile dogs. They are loyal and protective without a lot of fanfare. Grooming must be something an owner enjoys, because Bouviers require regular and thorough grooming and bathing if you want them as part of your household. The breed nickname of "Dirty Beards" is well earned because these dogs drag their faces through everything they encounter. Generally Bouviers are healthy and easy keepers. Adults require surprisingly small amounts of quality food to maintain their weight.
Shown here jumping the 24" spread is "Gader"
(Nat/Int'l & AKC CH. Frontier Ace's Renegade, CGC, HSAs, HTD-I, HRD-I)
owned and loved by my friend, Jill Lockhart.
OFA Cardiac (9/05) # BF-CA1663/29M/C-PI
CERF (9/05) #BF1624-2005-30
Shown here June 2003 learning about sheep and herding.
Click here to go to Walker's page for pedigree and more photos.
Click here to go to Mason's page and to learn how he lived and was loved.
He is no longer with me in body, but his gentle and loving spirit will be with me always. Mason was ten years old at the time of his death due to stomach cancer. He was bred by my good friend Jill Lockhart of Ace Bouviers and co-owned with my friend Cheryl Calm of Calm Bouviers during his show career. I personally showed Mason to both his American and Canadian Championship. Cheryl Calm then campaigned him as a Champion and received several Herding Group Placements and Best of Breeds. During his campaign he was rated #9 in the nation in conformation standings. Mason's passing also leaves a big hole in Jill and Cheryl's hearts.
Mason sired two litters. In 1996, when there was a scare about a cardiac defect in Bouviers, I took him to a veterinarian Cardiologist for screening. During routine vet exams no one had ever heard a heart murmur. Much to my surprise and dismay, Mason was diagnosed with mild Subaortic Stenosis. He was immediately neutered and all owners of his off spring were notified. Mason lead a normal life as my much-loved companion and protector. At 10 years old he was active, agile and happy. His quick and untimely death was devastating.
Click here to go to Phoebe's page
After encountering health problems in Bouviers I became part of the group that coined the phrase "Five Star Bouvier" and spearheaded a research project to find the genetic marker for SAS in Bouviers. Please go to my Dog Health & References pages for details on my health screening practices and what I recommend when you are looking for a dog to add to your family. Owning a purebred dog can be an exciting and rewarding thing. But disappointment can be a part of this experience when you have a dog that is unhealthy or unsound. Do your homework and buy from a reputable breeder and know what questions you want to ask before you start shopping. I am happy to provide references for breeders I believe to be responsible, but as always, "Buyer Beware."