The Bouvier des Ardennes is considered a rare breed outside of its native Belgium. Originally used as a herding dog that moved cattle from field to field and then to market, the Bouvier des Ardennes forms close bonds with their family. However, they are wary of strangers and make fantastic watchdogs. Being a strong working dog, the Bouvier des Ardennes requires early socialization and training to ensure they become well-adjusted companions. They can easily develop separation anxiety when left alone for long periods of time. Any small pets in the home need to be closely watched around the Bouvier des Ardennes. Their prey drive is high and they can harm smaller pets.
Bouvier des Ardennes Dog Names In Pop Culture
The Bouvier des Ardennes is not well-known outside of their native Belgium, however, their cousin the Bouvier des Flandres is making waves throughout the world. Most recently with a victory at the 143rd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show on February 11, 2019 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Quiche’s Major League, or Lars as he is known at home, took first place in the Herding Group with his owner, handler, and trainer Elaine Paquette or Tecumseh, Michigan. Lars’ victory honored not just the Bouvier des Flandres breed but also the Bouvier des Ardennes. Throughout their history, it is believed the two breeds have been intertwined but this has not been proven through factual findings.
The Bouvier des Ardennes is an ancient breed, originating in the Ardennes region of Belgium before any type of record keeping system was implemented. Historians believe the breed may have first developed sometime during the 17th century and was used as a working dog to help around the farm, herding and guarding cattle. Later, the Bouvier des Ardennes was used as a hunting dog to track wild boar. During World War I, the Bouvier des Ardennes became a very valuable companion for families. They were used to hunt game of all sizes to provide much needed food for their starving families. After World War I the number of dairies began to decline and with them the number of Bouvier des Ardennes also sharply decreased. Many people claimed the breed became extinct, however, there was a small population found of purebred Bouvier des Ardennes. It is claimed that this small group of Bouvier des Ardennes was found when a group of scientists was visiting a Belgian farm to examine their milk production. The dogs living on this farm were recognized as the thought to be extinct Bouvier des Ardennes. Re-population of the breed began using these dogs as their foundation. But since the population of known Bouvier des Ardennes was so small, the gene pool was very limited until 1996 when another small population of purebred Bouvier des Ardennes was located and the gene pool was widened. Of the five original Bouvier breeds, only the Bouvier des Flandres and the Bouvier des Ardennes have survived. The Bouvier des Roulers, Bouvier de Paret, and Bouvier de Moermon are now completely extinct. The Bouvier des Ardennes is still popular on Belgium farms and is rarely kept as simply a companion dog, but rather a working dog and companion since they have such a desire to be in the fields doing the job they were bred to do.
Bouvier des Ardennes Dog Name Considerations
Even though the Bouvier des Ardennes has rebounded and gained its popularity back as an all-around great farm dog in its native Belgium, in the United States they are virtually unknown. Deciding between the two remaining Bouvier breeds might simply come down to availability, with the Bouvier des Flandres being an easier dog to locate. However, if your heart is set on a Bouvier des Ardennes, be prepared to import one in from Belgium. After finding your new Bouvier des Ardennes, it will be time to start your search for the right name for this interesting and rather rare dog that will be joining your family. Being found mostly in Belgium, you may begin your search there. Finding a plethora of Belgium names should be easy, but finding one that is easy to pronounce and fits your new friend might be a bit challenging. Take some time to get to know your new puppy before you settle on their name. Learn about their personality and their quirks that will make them unique. Many times a puppy will lend a hand in the naming process by simply being themselves. An energetic puppy may be named Julez which means youthful or young at heart. Or a Bouvier des Ardennes showing signs of being a great watchdog could be named Baz, which means an unwavering protector.