The exact origin of the Bouvier is in question. Originating in the agricultural plain of Flanders, Belgium, the breed was used mainly for herding and driving cattle. When the breed was first exhibited in Belgium in 1910, there were four varieties. Two years later, purists founded a group to standardize the breed into a single variety. World War I dealt harshly with the Bouvier but a few breeders succeeded in keeping their dogs. The breed distinguished itself during World War II for carrying messages under fire and searching out the wounded.
Spirited he may be but the Bouvier tempers his vigour and daring with his steady character. Regular outdoor exercise is required for this compact and powerfully built dog.