Loyal companion and guard dog from France
Native to France and the Beauce region which lies around Paris, the Beauceron is an ancient French breed and the largest of all their native sheepdogs. They were solely bred and developed in France with no other breeds having been introduced into the mix which means they are one of the “purest” and most natural European breeds around. The first written record of the breed is thought to date back to 1578. They were bred as herding and guarding dogs but are described as being a “general-purpose” breed with a natural ability and instinct to guard and protect both flocks of sheep and cattle as well as properties and their owners. The Beauceron was used as a messenger dog by the French army in World War I and II, taking advantage of its abilities to follow directions, detect mines and follow trails. Even today, the Beauceron is used in police and military work, as well as to protect the home and family. It was in the 1960’s that the French Ministry of Agriculture laid down laws to protect the Beauceron because there was a scare that the breed might disappear thanks to different needs of modern day life. Thanks to the versatility and adaptable nature of the Beauceron, the breed soon became more popular both as family pets and companions in their native France.
OTHER NAMES – Berger de Beauce, Beauce Sheep Dog, Bas-Rouge
LIVING WITH THIS BREED
The Beauceron is known as a calm, intelligent and gentle dog and one that enjoys being in a family environment. They are agile, athletic and brave becoming totally devoted to their families and children. They can be a little wary and aloof around people they don’t already know, but rarely would a Beauceron show any sort of aggression towards strangers, preferring to just keep their distance until they get to know someone. Beaucerons mature slowly which has to be taken into account during their training, they don’t really reach their full mental maturity until they are around 3 years old. But they are intelligent dogs and therefore in the right hands and in the right environment, they are easy to train. They make wonderful family pets for people who lead active, outdoor lives and in households where at least one person remains at home when everyone else is out. They do not answer well to any sort of harsh correction or heavy-handed training methods. However, they do respond well to positive reinforcement which gets the best results from these sensitive, intelligent dogs.
This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources
|COUNTRY OF ORIGIN||France|
|PURPOSE BRED FOR||Herding, Guarding, Service|
|TEMPERAMENT||Gentle, Loyal, Intelligent|
|EXERCISE NEEDED||2 hours per day|
|HEIGHT – MALE||65-70 cm / 25.5-27.5 in (to shoulder)|
|HEIGHT – FEMALE||61-68 cm / 24-27 in (to shoulder)|
|COAT TYPE||Short, Double Coat|
|LIFE EXPECTANCY||10-12 years|
DID YOU KNOW?
- The tan markings on the legs earned them the colloquial title Bas Rouge – the Red Stockings.
- The Beauceron have double dew claws on their hind legs.
- They are one of the foundation breeds used to create the Dobermann.
- They are not the best choice for first time owners, unless the person is prepared to dedicate a lot of time to satisfy the needs of such a high energy, intelligent dog.
- Beaucerons are better suited to households with secure, well-fenced back gardens a dog can safely roam in whenever possible to really let off steam. They would not be happy being cooped up in an apartment for any length of time.
LINKS TO KENNEL CLUBS
Click the buttons below for more information about this breed. The French ‘Central Canine Society’ website has fantastic details and history of this breed. If you don’t understand French you can use Google translate.
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WEBSITES ABOUT BEAUCERONS
Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to this breed, please click to view them. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.
- About Beaucerons
- American Beauceron Club
- Beauceron Club UK
- Beauceron Club Netherlands
- Club Les Amis du Beauceron
- Beauceron Club – Switzerland
- Beauceron Club – Belgium
- Beauceron Club – Czech Republic
- Beauceron Club – Slovakia
- Beauceron Club – Austria
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