Breed Group: Herding
Weight: Male: 75-85; Female: 65-75 lbs
Height: Male: 25-27; Female: 24-26 inches
Color(s): Black & Tan with specific tan markings; Harlequin with patches of gray, black, and tan
Developed in France during the 1500's, the Beauceron is a large sheepdog used by farmers to protect cattle, sheep, and family. This breed was used as messengers by the French army during World Wars I and II where they were prized for their abilities in detecting mines, following trails, and following directions. Today, the Beauceron continues to be used by the military and police and are fine companions.
The Beauceron breed is a powerful, solid, and well-balanced breed, the Beauceron is tireless and intelligent. Their movement and gait is effortless, fluid, and gives an impression of gliding.
Beauceron's are well known for loyalty and devotion. The Beauceron is gentle, calm, brave, and intelligent. They are not recommended for homes with small children due to their herding instinct. Beauceron's do best in a home with older considerate children. A protective breed, they make outstanding guard dogs, as they are wary of strangers. They do not get along with strange dogs. However, they will accept other animals they have been raised with. The Beauceron does not do well if left alone for extended periods of time.
The Beauceron requires brushing twice a week; more during times of shedding. Bathing should be done when necessary. Health concerns of this breed are CHD and gastric torsion.
The double coat of the Beauceron breed is naturally weather resistant. The undercoat is fluffy and wooly in texture. The outercoat is harsh, straight, and of medium length. The tail is fringed.
The Beauceron breed requires early obedience and socialization. Training must be done with fairness, firmness, and consistency. It is important that owners of this breed prevent the Beauceron from attempting to become the boss.
The Beauceron thrives on physical and mental stimulation. If they become bored they will become destructive. Due to their loyalty and devotion to the family, this breed does not do well as an outside pet. Daily exercise and activity are crucial. They enjoy free play in safe areas and long walks. The Beauceron will do okay in an apartment provided they are sufficiently and stimulated, although a large fenced yard is preferable.
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