American Bouvier des Flandres Club

2018 National Specialty

Purina Farms | St. Louis, MO
ABdFC National Specialty (October 6-12) | NIBdFC Regional Specialty (October 13)

2018 ABdFC National Specialty

Carting Test

The Carting Tests of the American Bouvier des Flandres Club (ABdFC) are a series of exercises designed to develop and demonstrate the natural abilities of the Bouvier des Flandres in a cart-pulling environment with a handler. While working in a capacity involving hauling, the dog and handler must demonstrate teamwork skills. The Bouvier des Flandres has historically functioned as a carting dog in various capacities and the performance of these exercises is intended to demonstrate skills resulting both from natural ability and training that are applicable to realistic work situations.

Dogs must be willing to work with their handlers and the exercises must be accomplished efficiently. The goal of each handler is to maintain control while encouraging his/her dog’s natural independence; together, they demonstrate teamwork. Since a dog can perform carting work only in cooperation with a person, each handler must demonstrate an understanding of carting work with the dog’s ability, training, and equipment.

Levels Offered

  • Novice Draft Dog—NDD
  • Novice Draft Dog-Veteran—NDD-V
  • Draft Dog—DD
  • Draft Dog-Veteran—DD-V
  • Novice Brace Draft Dog—NBDD
  • Novice Brace Draft Dog-Veterans—NBDD-V
  • Brace Draft Dog—BDD
  • Brace Draft Dog-Veterans—BDD-V
These Carting Tests will be open to Bouvier des Flandres, dogs of other breeds, and mixed breed dogs, at least twenty-four months of age. Bouvier des Flandres will be given preference at the close of entries, should entry levels be filled.

Entry Limit: There will be a limit of 20 entries for each Carting Test.
Download: Carting Premium (PDF/90KB)
Deadline: All Entries will be accepted by the Test Secretary until 5:00 p.m. CDT on September 12, 2018.
Questions?: Contact Kate Schallert at

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