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Description: A French herding breed known for centuries in western Europe, their ancestry may be part of the Doberman. Beaucerons are used as a herder and guard dog, and relative to the Briard. They are distinguished by their long tail and double dewclaws on their hind legs. They resemble Dobermans in that they are mostly black with the same tan markings. They are large, muscular dogs that have ears that are usually cropped. The Beauceron is one of the most popular dogs in France, as well as the Briard. They have been exhibited since 1897. Beaucerons are good tempered, easy to train, but are wary of strangers. The Berger de Beauce is said to respect only its master, and is not recommended for the weak-willed. Beaucerons are considered the world's most versatile working dog.
Other Names: Berger de Beauce, Beauce Shepherd, French Shorthaired Shepherd, Red Stocking, Bas Rouge
Type: Herding Dog
25 - 28 inches; Females: 24 - 27 inches.
and tan, or a black and tan merle (black, grey and tan). Known for their "red
stockings", red on the legs, under tail, and on face.
are loyal, protective, patient, will defend vigorously. They are courageous
but calm. It is said that if you need to discipline your child, remove the Beauceron
from the room first, as it will protect the child at all costs.
Care and Training:
Beaucerons need minimum grooming. Weekly bushing of his short coat will suffice.
Extra attention is needed during shedding. Needs regular daily exercise which
should include long walks and free run off the leash. Enjoys stimulating activity
such as an agility class. Early training and socialization is needed. Both physical
and mental exercises are needed, as well as long walks.
Activity: High. Beaucerons
needs a lot of exercise, best with a job to complete.
Health Issues: Hip and elbow dysplasia, gastric torsion (twisted stomach), and bloat. Bloat is a health issue common to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer, but Beaucerons can be particularly susceptible to it because of their deep chests.
Life Span: 11- 14 years
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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