Nobleair Kennels

Nobleair Kennels has a 30 year tradition of home-raised Bouvier des Flandres. Our young ones are part of an extended family of people and dogs, old and young, large and small. Balanced, well-socialized dogs are our breeding stock and we welcome families wishing to learn more about the Bouvier to visit our home and personally experience the charm and dignity of these wonderful dogs.

Good health being so much of a concern, we give our Bouviers every chance to attain their full potential by providing a hearty, fresh meat and vegetable diet, plus cereals, herbs and vitamin supplements. This provides for healthy bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles to 'hold it all together'. Also the dogs stay light on the fresh food diet, big pluses towards good hips, strong hearts and longevity. Our track record in this category is excellent. The obvious, shining health of our dogs attests to the benefits of feeding this way.

We strongly encourage & recommend that our Bouvier families feed the fresh-food diet, especially those who have endured the heartbreak of prematurely losing beloved companions to hip dysplasia and cancers, where nutrition plays such an important role. We gladly share our experience and know-how with families and will set them up with all the necessary provisions.

Bernard has done advanced Obedience and Schutzhund training with Bouviers and has a deep understanding of the breed which he applies to their training. This experience provides an excellent resource person for our families to refer to with the sometimes stubborn Bouvier des Flandres. We sincerely hope that our Bouv families will stay in close touch with us. We can help avoid needless problems, both behavioral and healthwise. Letting us know what's going on permits us to be the resource persons that Bouvier breeders should be. Vets and trainers work with many breeds and know each moderately well. An experienced Bouvier breeder knows his breed in and out, and gets his people and dogs off on the right track.

Our Kennels

From July 2007, we moved to our new home on the Madawaska River, at Griffith. We have 100 acres right on the river with lots of room for the dogs to run. We love to have visitors, but you must call ahead of time. Being off the beaten path, we may arrange to meet you part way, depending on the time of year.

The Mom and pups have their own quarters. New Moms will not accept other dogs near their newborns, and can be nasty. To prevent fights that could cost precious puppy lives, we keep the other dogs out of the puppy room until the pups are up and going, usually around 3 weeks. (Sometimes the others keep vigil nearby. Grace and Titan guarded Quintie and her pups day and night with her 2005 litter. Grace even had milk in her titties, making us realize that in nature, other females may act as surrogates if pups are orphaned.)

The pups are born in a whelping box. The high sides keep pups from crawling off and getting cold, but Mom can come and go as she likes. A special border around the sides prevents Mom from accidentally crushing a pup. We are careful to monitor the pups comfort. A heat lamp keeps them cozy for the first weeks and drafts are protected against. The room is like a comfy cave. We set our bed next to the whelping box, and sleep there for the first 4-5 weeks. When a pup cries or whimpers, by just lifting our heads we can see into the box and settle an unhappy pup. It is especially important to help out a new Mom or one with a large litter. A new pup, forgotten off to the side, can quickly die of hypothermia, -a terrible loss.

Young puppies are completely deaf and blind at birth. Their eyes stay sealed shut until the first wee cracks reveal their Sapphire blue eyes at around 10 days of age. Their ears remain sealed until about 3 weeks of age, making them look like wobbly drunks as they stumble around. At this time we carry them up into the nearby kitchen each day to start getting them used to normal household noises and the comings and goings of family, friends and soon to be puppy parents.

Bouvier des Flandres Characteristics:

The Bouvier des Flandres is a robust, working dog from the herding group. Bred to escort and protect cattle on their way to market in the flat, open region of Flandres in Belgium and France, he had to be hardy and faithful, powerful and tireless, of stout heart and fearless. He had to make life and death decisions regarding his charges independantly and quickly. These qualities brought him into heavy service for the Allied cause during both World Wars and resulted in the near loss of the breed by the end of the Second World War. 

Today's Bouvier no longer herds cattle, but his heritage makes him a commendable family dog. The human family-group becomes his 'herd'.

This is a dog that fulfills its potential when included in the families' life. A buddy through thick and thin, he will protect his family faithfully. The Bouvier des Flandres is not a dog to be left alone outside on a chain. He needs his people and he needs to be needed. This is a true companion, a dog that loves a challenge, advanced obedience and protection training, herding, agility, pet therapy, carting and dogsleding are some of his favorite activities. The bond the dog shares with his people is cemented by this time and pleasure together. The capabilities of the Bouvier des Flandres never cease to astound us!


All content and images on this website remain the property of the website owner. HTML and other code or creative elements used in the development of these pages are the property of the website developer.
John Lister Website Consultant