Patrick & I got our first Bouvier in 1987. Pat had previously owned
Bouviers when he lived in Michigan. When we met I had an Irish Wolfhound,
but he always talked about the Bouviers, and how great they were. When the
Wolfhound passed on, we ended up getting Hendel.
Hendel was a great dog, who taught us a lot about what to look for in our
next Bouvier, and in particular in our next Bouvier breeder. The most
amazing thing about him was the fact that in spite of many health problems, his
Bouvier personality shown through bright enough to get me hooked on the breed!
After meeting other Bouvier folks on line through various email lists, we
started going to shows, meeting more folks and eventually got Scout.
When researching the breed, one thing that interested me was their working
heritage. I believe the only way I could get an understanding of that
working heritage, and correct Bouvier temperament that goes with it, was to
start working my dogs myself. I started training in just obedience, but
soon discovered French
Ring Sport. I think Ring Sport is one of the sports that shows the
correct Bouvier temperament. There are others - Schutzhund, KNPV, etc. -
but Ring is my sport of choice.
We work all of our dogs in French Ring or other sport venues in an effort to understand
their individual drives & temperament, and to be able to preserve the working
heritage of the Bouvier in our breeding program.
We also sometimes albeit rarely, show our dogs in the conformation Ring. We would like
to see Bouviers that look and work like the Breed's founders intended them to
Clubs we are Members of:
American Ring Association
Clubs we have been Members of but are currently not active
American Bouvier des Flandres Club
Bouvier Association (NAWBA)
Cascade Bouvier des Flandres Club
We support the following Rescue Organizations:
Seattle Purebred Dog