OT -- I'm behind on things, too. Internet was down at work for me for over a week and I can't get near the computer in the evenings at home.
You aren't familiar with the breed because bouv people like it that way. Not because we're snobby, but because we're protective of something very special. The last thing we want is for bouvs to become puppymill/pet store dogs. This is the breed's national homepage: http://www.bouvier.org
and this is the Southern CA version: http://scbdfc.com/
Bouviers are wonderful dogs, with a very steady temperment. But if you aren't comfy being Alpha, forget it. Go to Amazon and look up "Your Purebred Puppy: A Buyer's Guide" by Michele Welton. Everything you wanted to know about every breed recognized by the AKC. Then, for the fun of it, read this article: http://www.bouviers.net/info/dontbuy.html
For people serious about a dog, bouviers are great. They do everything from police work to herding, carting and therapy work. But if you're not willing to add what amounts to a furry, eternal toddler to your household for up to 13 years, get a fish.
Opera in English...about as sensible as baseball in Italian. H. L. Mencken