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The Bouvier des Flandres in Brief

The legacy of the Bouvier has produced many admirable qualities in this breed. He is a square, powerfully built dog, rugged and formidable in appearance. His harsh double coat protects him in all types of weather; his keen sense of smell and watchful gaze make him a most suitable farm dog. (He thrives on plenty of room to work and exercise, but he is not an "outdoor dog"; he must live with his loving people -- his "flock," his "pack".) He is agile, alert and intelligent, with character of great spirit and fearlessness; yet, he is serene in disposition, and has an even temperament.

Today, the Bouvier des Flandres acts as a farm dog, family friend, protector, shepherd, and guide dog for the blind or hearing impaired. His intelligence, sense of threat discrimination and keen scent qualifies many Bouviers to excel in police work, tracking and drug detection.

Owning a Bouvier, like many dogs, requires patience, love, a lot of grooming, a willingness to exercise the dog and pay for regular health care, a desire to have a companion who follows you around the house keeping an eye on you, and a commitment to complete at least one set of good obedience classes.

Taken from History of the Bouvier des Flandres - Origin: Belgium

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Karen Jean Brown
April 19, 1955 – December 23, 2015

Karen BrownKaren Jean Brown was the type of woman that once you met you didn’t forget.  Her sparkling eyes, beautiful smile and poise were what you noticed first.  As you spent more time around her you were impressed with her knowledge, wit, generosity, empathy, optimism and love of dogs. She was the calm in any storm or crisis, the person to formulate a plan and execute it. She had a quiet, calm way of living that was unmatched.  She never raised her voice to dogs or people, perhaps her left eyebrow, but not her voice.  When faced with her final insurmountable challenge she remained stoic like her beloved breed.

The only thing more important to Karen than her dogs and friends was her family.  She would have moved heaven and earth for anyone of them. She will always be watching over her husband (and love of her life) Randy, her first born son Brandon and his wonderful wife Jen, their gorgeous daughter, Finnley Claire (Karen’s first grandchild), and her second son, Mason.

Karen started her B. Witchn line with CH Rombo Inca B Witch, a beautiful black bitch born in 1984 bred by Rick and Diane Gschwender.  Inca went on to become Top Producing dam in 1989. She was also the #1 Top Producing Herding Bitch and #2 All Breeds Top Producer. She became Karen’s first bitch to attain, the sought after, Register of Merit status with four more of her bitches earning this special honor and three of them also being named Top Producing dam.

B. Witchn dogs have garnered in excess of 50 championships and many top wins, including but not limited to Specialty BOS, WB, WD, BOF, AOM, Top 20 qualifiers plus many performance titles.

In her limited breeding program she strived to produce dogs with four desired qualities in mind – the Breed Standard, health, temperament and longevity. Her line is proof that quality will beget quality.

Karen was a 29 year member of the ABdFC serving as President in 1991 and 1992 and as a board member. She was also a charter member of the RMBdFC and served on their board for many years. She was one of the original founders of ABRL and served as an area coordinator. Her passion for the welfare of all dogs led her to the Colorado All Breed Rescue Network where she served as an officer and board member and also to the Colorado Federation of Dog Club’s Board of Directors.

She served as a mentor to anyone lucky enough to own a Bouvier and to anyone seeking a knowledgeable teacher. She gave free grooming clinics for any Bouvier owner and was the “go to” health guru for dog owners. She even made her kennel and whelping room available for others, anything to help.

Her business card says B. Witchn Bouviers “Fall Under Their Spell” and many did and under Karen’s as well.

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American Bouvier des Flandres Club Carting Tests

"Permission has been granted by the ABdFC Carting Committee for the holding of these events under the ABdFC Carting Test Regulations.”

Hosted by: Medina Swarm Agility Club, Shane McConnell, President
Saturday, May 14, 2016 and Sunday, May 15, 2016
Memorial Park in Wadsworth, Ohio
Judges: Steve and Dori Likevich and Chris Jurey

Entries will be accepted until April 29, 2016. All Entries must be received by the Test Secretary via USPS by this date.

Click here for more information and the PREMIUM LIST

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The Columbia Bouvier des Flandres Club Proudly presents 2 All Breed Carting Events

Friday, June 3, 2016
Willamette Mission State Park
Wheatland Rd NE, Salem OR 97303

Friday Morning:
American Bouvier des Flandres (ABdFC) Carting Test
Judge: Kathe Vasquez
Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America

Permission has been granted by the ABdFC Carting Committee for the holding of this event under the ABdFC Carting Test Regulations.
There will be a limit of 10 entries for this Carting Test (Pass/Fail Test)

Friday Afternoon:
North American Working Bouvier Association (NAWBA) Carting Trial
Judge: Teresa Bradley
American Rottweiler Club

There will be a limit of 10 entries for this Carting Trial (Scored Trial with Placements)

Click here for more information and the PREMIUM LIST

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2300 Lincoln Highway East (Route 30)
Lancaster, PA 17602

Toll Free: 1-800-233-0121

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