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January 31, 2013

Meet the Breed: The Beauceron

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Overview:

  • Height: 24"-27.5”
  • Weight: 66-100 pounds
  • Historical function: Herding, guarding
  • Modern function: Herding, agility, and police work
  • AKC classification: Herding

Physical Characteristics:

The Beauceron is a large, muscular dog that is slightly longer than it is tall. The ears may or may not be cropped. Their coats are usually black and tan but a harlequin version is available as well. An unusual feature about this breed is that they have double dewclaws on the back legs that are part of the breed standard.

History of the Breed:

The Beauceron is an old breed of herding dogs developed in France. A long-haired version became known as the Briard, and the short-haired version is the Beauceron. The breed was also helpful as war dogs as they are very determined, focused, and calm. The Beauceron is still rare in the U.S.

Temperament:

A well-trained Beauceron is obedient, vigilant, calm, hardy, and patient. They are natural guard dogs. This breed is not for the novice dog owner as they require adequate mental and physical stimulation due to their high intelligence. Without proper active outlets and training, this breed can become destructive and overly assertive. May have a tendency to herd children, so the dog must be trained not to do this.

  • Best suited for: Active families, for ranch living, police and military work including search and rescue.
  • Preferred living conditions: These lively companions do best with a job and with a diligent trainer who has the patience to train a dog that matures slowly. Needs at least a large yard.

Care and Health:

  •  Grooming requirements: Easy-care coat that requires brushing particularly through the shedding seasons. Moderate shedder.
  • Exercise needs: Daily, extensive mental and physical exercise.
  • Life expectancy: 12-15 years.
  • Health concerns: May be prone to hip dysplasia.

Breed Club Links: The American Beauceron Club

Have any stories about a Beauceron? Please share!

Photo courtesy of Stefan Schmitz.

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