Tuesday, August 14, 2007



The Beauceron breed is the largest sheepdog breed of France.
Beaucerons share the same ancestry as Briards. They have been
described as one of the most versatile dogs for their ability to adapt
to any task at hand.

The Beauceron's Behavior
Source: Wikipedia, Beauceron Club of Canada

Recommended for: pet, working dog

The Beauceron dog breed is a very active breed and is known for its
herding instincts, which is what it was bred for. They have been
described as reserved and intelligent. Their history of interactions
with humans has made Beaucerons very protective of their masters,
especially children. They are quick to learn and understand
instructions and will not hesitate to carry it out. As herders they
are vigilant, courageous, and hardy. They get along well with other
animals if they are introduced to them at a young age. They require
close supervision when still young and training. Untrained, they will
be assertive. Being herders, they will require plenty of exercise.
They are not suitable as kennel dogs or to live in apartments.

Remember that breed only provides a general clue as to any individual
dog's actual behavior. Make sure to get to know dogs well before
bringing them into your home.

The Beauceron's Physical Characteristics
Here are some of the characteristics of the Beauceron breed as
determined by the American Kennel Club's published breed standard.

Size: males 25 1/2 - 27 1/2 inches, females 24 - 26 1/2 inches
Coat: Outer coat: straight, coarse, dense; Undercoat: dense
Color: bicolor black and tan
Eyes: horizontal, set well apart, large, slightly oval, dark brown
Ears: set high, length is 1/2 of head's length, straight
Muzzle: not narrow or pointed, dry, close to jaws, no folds at corners
Nose: black, slightly convex towards end, well-opened nostrils
Tail: carried down, no deviations to left or right, without curvation
The Beauceron's Origins and History
Source: Wikipedia.

Country/Region of Origin: France

Original purpose: herding

Name: derived from Beauce of France ; also known as French Shorthaired
Shepher, Beauce Shepherd, Berger de Beauce, Bas Rouge

Historical notes: Beaucerons originally came from Brie but since there
was already a Briard that claimed the name, Beauce was picked. The
Beauce and the Briard share the same ancestry. The Beaucerons were
once used to hunt down wild boar in France. They saw service in both
world wars as messengers, supply carriers, and mine detectors.

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