Beauceron

Beauceron

This herding breed from the North of France is known for centuries in Western Europa. The Beau Shepherd is one of the breeds used to create the Doberman Pinscher. The Beau Shepherd had several jobs in both world wars and served as messenger dog, land mine detection dog, supply transport dog, search dog, rescue and police dog.

The Beauceron is an athletic and muscular dog with a very agile body and strong jaws. It was bred for herding in France and therefore has double dewclaws on its hindlegs which are a breed trademark. Its coat is short, dense, weather-resistant outer coat and a warm undercoat. Its standard colouring is black and tan or grey, black and tan. Other colours are banned by the breed standard.

Personality

These are very intelligent dogs that need mental stimulation. They have high energy and need rigorous exercise every day. They are perfect family dogs if trained right as they make loyal and reliable family members. If not well trained, they can be domineering and destructive. They are reserved towards strangers and unfamiliar dogs. The Beau Shepherd is a great natural guard dog and with its athletic body the breed is also used to herd cattle and sheep. This healthy breed is very intelligent, eager learners, fearless, and calm and be trained to a high level.

Breed Characteristics

Type:Pure
Family:Herders
Function:Working
Origin:Europe
Preferred Climate:Any Climate
Group:Herding
Life Span:10-12 Years
Nicknames:Beauceron, French Shorthaired Shepherd, Berger de Beauce (sheepdog from Beauce), Bas Rouge (Red Stocking)
Hypoallergenic:No

Beauceron Build Information

The Beauceron is an athletic and muscular dog with a very agile body and strong jaws. It was bred for herding in France and therefore has double dewclaws on its hindlegs which are a breed trademark. Its coat is short, dense, weather-resistant outer coat and a warm undercoat. Its standard colouring is black and tan or grey, black and tan. Other colours are banned by the breed standard.

Size:Large
Length (Male):22-27 in.
Length (Female):22-24 in.
Weight:> 65 lbs
Litter Size:5 - 10 Puppies
Tail Dock or Crop:Cropped

Behaviour and Personality

These are very intelligent dogs that need mental stimulation. They have high energy and need rigorous exercise every day. They are perfect family dogs if trained right as they make loyal and reliable family members. If not well trained, they can be domineering and destructive. They are reserved towards strangers and unfamiliar dogs. The Beau Shepherd is a great natural guard dog and with its athletic body the breed is also used to herd cattle and sheep. This healthy breed is very intelligent, eager learners, fearless, and calm and be trained to a high level.

Activity Level:Very Active
Affection Level:Very Affectionate
Aggressiveness Level:Moderate
Barking:Moderate
Dominating or Submissive?:Dominating
Energy Level:Very Active
Good to Other Pets:Friendly
Guardian Skills:Yes
Independant:Yes
Kid Friendliness:Friendly

Appearance

The Beau Shepherd is a low maintenance dog. The Beau Shepherd's short coat does not require extensive grooming, weekly brushing and a bath now and then is enough to maintain his coat.

Colors:Black, Black & Tan, Gray, Tan
Shedding:Moderate
Grooming:Low Maintenance
Coat Type:Dense

Beauceron Common Health Conditions

Hip dysplasia and bloat are the most common health concerns in Beau Shepherds.

Beauceron Pet Insurance

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Breed Talents and Facts

Beau Shepherd dogs seem to be movie stars as they appeared in several movies, such as Hotel for Dogs, the Bear, the Wild Child and Marmaduke. Double dewclaws are a characteristic of the Beau Shepherd. The Beau Shepherd is an athletic, muscular dog and has an agile body and strong jaws. Its outer coat is harsh and his undercoat wooly, thick, and weather-resistant.

Training:Hard
Hunting Companion:No
Jolly for Jogging:Yes
Sighting Capabilities:No
Ideal for Tracking:Yes
Retrieving Skills:No
Pointing Breed:No
Herding Skills:Yes
Dutiful Watchdog:Yes
Security Guard Capable:Yes
Police Performer:Yes
Wet Water rescues:No
Assist Disable Owners:No
Dog Sledding:No
Able to Perform Dog Carting:No
Agile/Zippy:Yes
Fun with Lure Coursing:No
Obedient:Yes
Possible Schutzhund Work:Yes
Trainable for Tricks:No