As far back as the 1500s, the
Beauceron was used to hunt wild boar but now herds and guards sheep and cattle on French
farms. He also served with distinction during both world wars, carrying
messages, food, and ammunition on the front lines. Beaucerons today work
as police dogs, drug dogs, personal protection dogs, and as herders of
Standing up to 27 3/4 inches at the shoulder,
the Beauceron has a short, thick coat that may be black and tan or
harlequin grey. The reddish tan colour appears over the eyes, on the
throat, chest, legs, and under the tail. The Beauceron has been called
"Bas Rouge" or "Red Stockings". He possesses double dew claws on both hind
legs - a unique feature.
Beauceron is a
superb watch dog and guardian for the family. He is fearless, bold,
vigilant, and courageous. Although territorial, the Beauceron is tolerant
of other dogs he knows and cats as well if introduced to them as a puppy.
Absolutely loyal and eager to please, the Beauceron bonds closely with his family,
and tends to become a one-person dog. He will not be happy in a kennel environment. Calm and even-tempered, the
Beauceron is gentle with children.
high intelligence, and possessing an excellent memory, the Beauceron is so
sensitive to his master's wishes that many consider the bond to be almost
psychic. Not the dog for the first time dog owner, the Beauceron requires
a strong, confident master. Because of his assertive nature, obedience
training and socialization
should begin early. A high energy dog, the Beauceron does best in a
country environment where he can get plenty of exercise.