The Beauceron Dog Breed at a Glance
The Beauceron is a dog that somewhat resembles the Doberman, and was indeed one of the breeds used in creating the Doberman Pinscher. It is also known as the French Shorthaired Shepherd, Berger de Beauce, Bas-Rouge, and Beauce Shepherd. One of its physical characteristics is its double dewclaws on its hind legs. It is a difficult dog to train, so it is not ideal for first-time dog owners. It is a great watchdog and will react fearlessly against any aggressors to protect its family. However, it is affectionate and playful with children.
HISTORY of the Beauce Shepherd
Known for centuries in France and in western Europe, the Beauceron were used to herd both cattle and sheep. It was additionally helpful in protecting families from wolves in the northern part of France. The Beauceron also served as a messenger dog, a landmine detection dog, and more in the two World Wars!
Expect a loyal and protective dog with the Beauceron breed. It is courageous yet friendly and intelligent. It is known to bark occasionally, but is still good with kids. However, it is not cat friendly.
Physical Characteristics of the Beauceron Dog Breed
The common colors of the Beauceron are black and tan, black, and grey. Its coat is dense, rough and harsh, water repellent, and medium length.
The Beauceron dog breed weighs between 65 and 85 pounds, meaning it’s one of the heaviest of all the dog breeds. It stands between 25 and 28 inches tall.
Shedding is to be expected with the Beauceron. Regular brushing can help, but frequent vacuuming will be required. It is not a hypoallergenic breed.
HEALTH and CARE of the Beauceron Breed
The life expectancy of the Beauceron is between 10 and 12 years, which is slightly shorter than the average for large breeds, according to statistics.
Common Health Concerns
Each breed is susceptible to certain conditions and diseases, with some more than others. In general, the Beauceron is a long-lived breed of dog. The Beauceron is at a medium risk for developing the following: Cardiomyopathy, Gastric Dilation Volvulus or Bloat, Hip Dysplasia, and Osteochondrosis
The Beauce Shepherd can adapt to both cold and hot climates and needs daily exercise to stay fit. It is a very active dog.
Feed your Beauceron between three and 4 cups of dry dog food each day.
The Beauceron is a low maintenance type of dog when it comes to its grooming needs.. Only infrequent grooming is necessary, but again, routine brushing is a must.
The Beauceron was recognized by the AKC in 2007.