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Our Mission » Bouvier Health Foundation - Bouviers des Flandres Breed

Our Mission

The Bouvier Health Foundation was created with two purposes in mind. First, BHF is to acquire and distribute information that would benefit Bouvier breeders and owners alike. Secondly, we must raise the money to fund research projects.

Ignorance and or fear have acted as a curtain when dealing with the health issues that face our breed. Until almost five years ago we believed that hip and elbow dysplasia were the Bouviers prime afflictions. Even when we discovered the simplicity of our error, many refused to be convinced. Unfortunately, the evidence is overwhelming. SAS and glaucoma have frequently affected our beloved animals. Hypothyroidism appears in Bouviers, not to mention cancer and countless other problems which are also present.

Modern veterinary science with the aide of more sophisticated equipment is only now beginning to research these problems. If all of us, breeders, owners & veterinarians, are willing to face the health issues, together we will slowly be able to see each other as helpmates not adversaries.

BHF hopes you will support our fundraising activities and find gifts and items here that please you throughout the year.

Latest News

Canine Health Information Center

Canine Health Information Center
www.caninehealthinfo.org
Provides a source of health information for owners, breeders, and scientists that will assist in breeding healthy dogs. Bouviers were enrolled in CHIC in 2007
CHIC works with parent clubs to identify health screening protocols appropriate for individual breeds.
CHIC operates an informed consent database. All information regarding test results remains confidential unless the owner specifically authorizes release of the information into the public domain

Club National Specialty Schedule

American Bouvier des Flandres Club National Specialty. Check for updates on the Specialty Schedule for health testing details at: www.Bouvier.org

Banking to Benefit the Bouvier

The CHIC DNA Repository collects and stores samples of canine DNA, together with corresponding genealogical and phenotypic information, to facilitate future research and testing for reducing the incidence of inherited disease in dogs.