Developed in France in the 1500’s, the Beauceron is a large sheepdog that was used by farmers to protect cattle, sheep and the homestead. This dog breed was used as messengers by the French military during World Wars I and II. The breed is also prized for their ability to detecting mines and follow trails and directions. Today, this dog continues to be used by the military and police forces. This breed also makes a fine companion dog.
This dog breed is a powerful, strong, and well-balanced. They are tireless and intelligent. They move effortlessly and fluidly, with grace, giving the impression that they are gliding.
This dog breed is well known for their loyalty and devotion. The Beauceron is a gentle, calm, courageous and intelligent dog. Because of their natural herding instinct, they are not well-suited to homes with small children, but the breed gets along very well with older children. They are a protective breed and make outstanding watch dogs. The breed is wary of intruding dogs or strangers. As a rule, this breed gets along with other dogs, especially those they were raised with.
This dog breed requires brushing at least twice a week. They are a seasonal shedder and extras brushing may be required during these times. To preserve the natural oils of the coat, this dog should only be bathed when absolutely necessary. This breed is susceptible to CHD and gastric torsion.
This dog breed has a double coat that is course and climate-resistant. The under coat of this breed is fluffy and wooly in texture and the outer coat is rough, straight and of medium length. The tail is fringed.
This dog breed requires early obedience training and socialization. They can tend to be dominant and this breed needs to know who the “boss” is. They are highly trainable dogs and training should be performed with fairness, firmness and consistency.
This dog breed thrives on physical and psychological stimulation. When bored, the Beaucerons tend to become destructive. Because of their loyalty and devotion, this breed does not do well as an outside pet. Daily training and exercise are essential. The breed takes pleasure in free play and lengthy walks. Provided they are sufficiently stimulated and exercise, the dog adapts well to most environments, but a large fenced yard is preferable.