Beauceron Training and Temperament
The Beauceron is a faithful and highly intelligent dog. They make a natural guard dog. The Beauceron is happiest when it is working or exercising. They are calm, obedient and very loyal. They like to know who is boss and are happy to follow.
It has an aptitude for obedience training. They are instinctive herders unless trained to do otherwise. As with all dogs, Beauceron training should be started as a puppy. To prevent behavioral problems later in life, training should follow a recognized training regime.
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This is a large dog looking like a cross between a Doberman and a Rottweiler, although related to neither.
The History Of The Beauceron
The Beauceron is also known as Berger de Beauce and the Bas Rouge. They originated in France during the 1500's.
The Beauceron has double dew claws that enabled it to get a good grip in the sheep's wool as it clambered across their backs when herding. It is thought its original use was as a hunting dog. It is also used successfully as a police dog. This French herding breed is of a type known for centuries in Western Europe and may be part of the Doberman's ancestry. Almost unknown outside of its native France, the Beauceron nevertheless has a long history.
Description Of The Beauceron
Ears are cropped to a point and are held erect in the US. The long tail is not altered and carried low.
The breed averages 24 - 27 ½ inches tall and weighs 66 - 85 pounds
The Beauceron gives an impression of strength and mobility. The build is similar to the Belgian Malinois, except larger. The Beauceron is about the same size as a Doberman.
Coat & Grooming
The coat is short but rough. Two color patterns black with tan markings and black with grayish merle speckling which described as harlequin.
The coat of the Beauceron does not require much of attention. An occasional grooming is sufficient. Beauceron are average shedders.
Life Expectancy and Health
The average life span for a Beauceron is around 10-12 years.
The Beauceron is generally a healthy and hardy breed. Some lines can be prone to bloat and like any breed over 40 pounds they are prone to hip dysplasia. Happily 95% of all breeders in the U.S. breed only hip certified stock.
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Preferred Environment and Exercise Requirements
The Beauceron will be fine in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are active indoors and will prefer a large yard.
They should be given plenty of attention and exercise. Take it for regular long walks where it can run free off the leash and play.
For More Information on the Beauceron
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Popular in France, Belgium and Holland but quite rare elsewhere. Finding a puppy will be very difficult and probably costly.
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