We are French in origin and one of the best known sheepdogs in France. The Beauceron dog was originally bred for hunting wild boar, but later got used for herding and guarding. In France we can also be referred to as “Bas Rouge”, meaning “red stocking”. This is a reference to the tan markings on our legs and NOT, I repeat not, the fact that we like to wear stockings in private!
What do I look like?
You would be forgiven for mistaking us with a Dobernmann. In fact, our breed was one that was used to form their breed! Like them, we’re lean and muscular and typically (although not always) black or black and tan. Our head is long and domed and our ears are triangular. Unlike the Dobermann, you will find that our tail is kept long – theirs is usually docked. Our coat is smooth and flat with fringes on our flanks, legs and tail. If you are looking to use us as a show dog then an important feature of the Beauceron dog is the double dewclaw. In order to be shown, a Beauceron must have double dewclaws that form well-separated “thumbs” with nails on each rear leg.
What do I need from you?
The Beauceron is a natural herding dog so will need plenty of exercise and quite a lot of food. Like all shepherd dogs we are very intelligent and used to work. Our coat is easy to maintain so we do not need a lot of grooming or bathing. Our development is a little slower than many dogs – we only reach maturity at about 3 years of age. Therefore patience with our training and domestication is needed.
What I will give in return
We are better suited to family life than many shepherd breeds, being typically good-natured and gentle. We are therefore generally great with children – although care is obviously needed, particularly with visiting children. We are great guard dogs and can cope with sleeping outside – care must obviously be taken to ensure we can’t escape. We’re a lovely loyal dog and make great pets.
How big will I get?
Males will grow to about 28in (71cm) and 80lb (37kg); females will be slightly smaller and lighter.
How long should I be around for?
Our lifespan is anything from 10-13 years. Some of the common health issues associated with the Beauceron pet include hip dysplasia and bloat.
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