Beauceron Dog Breed Profile
by Dr. Chris
AKC Group: Herding Group
The Beauceron is a highly trainable animal and when properly trained, is considered one of the most impressive breeds of dogs.
Beauceron is one France's most primeval and beloved dogs. It dates back to the 16th century and has played a vital role in several major wars of the 20th century. But is mainly prize for its peaceful place in everyday countryside life. Developed exclusively in France, is among the most purebred dogs in the world. There was no crossbreeding among the Beauceron and the dogs of other nations. The dog really comes from the region of Brie where it is still revered and popular. But since there already was a dog breed called "Briard", the misleading name of "Beauceron" was adopted for herding dogs in 1898.
The Beauceron is an extra large, muscular dog which bears a resemblance to the German shepherd. It stands about 24-28 inches in height and weighs about 100 pounds. The dog may appear threatening but it is loyal, noble and generally friendly. It possesses a lot of energy for working and herding. The coat is coarse and short and its gray undercoat is totally covered; the coat is generally black and tan. It has tan on its muzzle, legs, and chest and near its tail. The teeth form a scissor like bite. One of the trademarks of Beauceron is its "dew club" on each foot, i.e. 6 toes. Its ears are imposing whether cropped or uncropped.
The Beauceron is quick to learn and highly trainable. Be consistent and creative to achieve the best results. Playful; it can learn to play and be induced to play. It is an affectionate pet which enjoys pleasing people. A good protector, not only will it protect its flock, but also it will protect against any intruders into the house.
Common Health Problems
Hip dysplasia, Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA); gastric torsion/bloat (must be treated quickly). Signs of gastric torsion include retching, drooling, and attempts to vomit; take to the vet right away.
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