From: John Sullivan
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 21:07:20 -0500 (EST)




Justin Chastel's Bouvier

In a brochure published for the Centennial of the Royal Society of St. Hubert, the registration body for Belgium, Justin Chastel wrote the following introduction:

On the occasion of the Centennial of our Parent-Society, the St. Hubert, the Bouvier des Flandres Club decided to publish this booklet to present our breed to the general public.

In effect, we believe that the Bouvier des Flandres, despite its great diffusion during the past twenty years, is not always appreciated for its true worth.

All too often he is given a one-sided reputation, an intentional process.

We all have heard that this dog is ferocious, that he will become dangerous with age, along with other foibles of the same sort.

If you do some research, you will understand that such nonsense always comes from people who never owned a Bouvier. On the contrary, I've often heard: My parents owned a Bouvier when I was young, therefore I would like to own one today. Or: Once one owned a Bouvier, one would never consider another breed.

The Bouvier des Flandres is a guard-dog and of a brave defense type; massive and above average in size, without appearing clumsy; his appearance is rustic because of his disheveled and rough coat, but a closer look will reveal his intelligence, activeness, energy, passion and audacity.

Originally destined to assist animal herders, he is an excellent farm dog; solidly built, and with his rough coat, he is capable to withstand all types of weather during his strenuous travels.

Today, he has become an ideal companion, the guardian of the family, a dog for sport and companionship.

An ideal companion, dear reader, is what I wish for you to find in your future Bouvier.

Signed: Justin Chastel,     April 21, 1982

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