Beauceron, an imposing shepherd devoted to his master

Affectionate, endearing, loyal, the Beauceron is totally devoted to his master. Protective, imposing and powerful, he is much appreciated as a deterrent watchdog but also knows how to be a great playmate for children.

The Beauceron, an imposing Beauce shepherd
Beauceron, an imposing Beauce shepherd devoted to his master

Origin of Beauceron

the Beauce Shepherd or from Lower Red comes from a line of French sheepdogs who are bold in the task of protecting and controlling herds. It was not until the 19th century that the breed became official in dog shows after multiple selections made it possible to reduce its aggressiveness and facilitate its training.

Beauceron Standard

Beauceron is fine framed, muscular but without heaviness. The body is longer than it is tall with a height between 63 and 70 cm for a weight of 32 to 45 kg.

The dress is short, the hair is thick and hard, fringed on the underside of the tail. The color of Bas-Rouge is black and tan, this is the most common. The more rare Harlequin Beauceron is tricolor: gray, black and tan.

The oval, horizontal eyes are brown to black. The triangular ears are placed at the top of the head, semi-erect or drooping forward.

The tail is carried low.

Beauceron behavior

Very intelligent, affectionate, courageous, attached to his master, the Beauceron is a dog whose education must be in place early and very seriously. Firmness, consistency and gentleness without ever employing aggression are the keys to success with this dog who will otherwise do as he pleases.

Very sporty, needing space, he has kept his skills as a sheepdog, so he is a very good working dog with great ability to defend.

Reserved, observant, he remains very suspicious of foreigners which gives him good childcare.

Active, he will not support life in the city or in an apartment if you can provide him with long daily outings. The ideal being to offer him a life with a garden where it can be spent at leisure. Very playful, enthusiastic, he gets along well with older children who can help him use up his excess energy.

Robust and solid, the Beauceron has a average life expectancy of 11 years.

Beware of weight gain facilitated by a too sedentary life and its greedy tendency.

Beware of hip or elbow dysplasias that are quite common in this breed, and also beware of stomach torsion syndrome.

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