Breed Organization The American Beauceron Club Website: http://www.beauce.org Native Country France Other Names Berger de Beauce, Beauceron, Bas Rouge, Red Stocking, French Shorthaired Shepherd Life Expectancy Approximately 10-12 Years Litter Size Average 6-7 Puppies Breed Group Herding
Breed Appearance The Beauceron is an old and distinct French breed of herding dog, developed solely in France with no foreign crosses.
Dogs were bred and selected for their aptitude to herd and guard large flocks of sheep as well as for their structure and endurance. Beaucerons
were used to move herds of 200 to 300 head traveling up to 50 miles per day without showing signs of exhaustion. The ideal Beauceron is a well
balanced, solid dog of good height and well muscled without heaviness or coarseness. The whole conformation gives the impression of depth and
solidity without bulkiness, exhibiting the strength, endurance and agility required of the herding dog. He is alert and energetic with a noble
carriage. A formidable dog with a frank and unwavering expression, he always demands respect wherever he goes. Dogs are characteristically larger
throughout with a larger frame and heavier bone than bitches. Bitches are distinctly feminine, but without weakness in substance or structure. The
Beauceron should be discerning and confident. He is a dog with spirit and initiative, wise and fearless with no trace of timidity. Intelligent, easily trained,
faithful, gentle and obedient. The Beauceron possesses an excellent memory and an ardent desire to please his master. He retains a high degree of his inherited
instinct to guard home and master. Although he can be reserved with strangers, he is loving and loyal to those he knows. Some will display a certain
independence. He should be easily approached without showing signs of fear.
Breed Description Head: Long (2/5 of height), chiseled, with a flat skull. Stop not pronounced. Slightly convex forehead. Muzzle neither
straight nor pointed. Ears: Set on high. Naturally drop, short and flat, but not close against the head. Carried erect if cropped. Eyes: Round, dark color. Frank regard. Body: Solid, powerful, well-developed and muscled, but not heavy. Muscular neck. Broad, deep chest. Straight back. Croup
barely sloped. Broad loin. Tail: Carried straight down reaching the hocks and forming a slight J-hook. Slightly bushy. Hair: Flat on the head. Heavy and dense, lying close to the body (3 to 4 cm long). Slight fringing on thighs and along
underline. Very short, fine, dense, soft undercoat preferably of slate color. Coat: - Black and tan (bi-color), Beauce Shepherd (most common). Glossy black. Tan is squirrel red. Tan markings: spots above
the eyes, on sides of muzzle, throat, and under the tail. Tan extends down legs to feet and wrists (coloration pattern
forms a "sock" whence the name Beauce Shepherd, or Red Socks).- Harlequin: Gray, black, and tan (tri-color): even amounts of
gray and black in spots with the same characteristic tan spots. Size: Dog: 65 to 70 cm. (25.6-27.5 in).Bitch: 61 to 68 cm (24-26.7 in). Weight: 27 to 37 kg. (60-82.8 lb).
History The Berger de Beauce is descended from the "Plains Dogs" that guarded the flocks near Paris. At the end of the 19th century,
the short-haired "Plains Dogs" were named Beaucerons; long-haired varieties were named Briards. E. Boulet (best known for
his Griffons) introduced the breed and helped set up the French Shepherd Club in 1896. In 1911, the Friends of the Beauceron
Club was founded. The name "Beauce Shepherd" was given to the Beauceron because of the tan markings on its legs, that look like
socks (bas). Breed selection has vacillated between working dogs, show dogs, dogs bred to compete in guard and defense events.
Nevertheless, the Berger de Beauce is above all a herder. Very popular in France, this breed is almost unknown in other
countries, except Belgium.
Behavior This breed is forthright, courageous, fast, hardy, and alert, and has amazing dissuasive powers. He is wary with strangers
and not easily won over.This dog is loyal to his owner and gentle with children. He bonds to the entire family, but guarded
when strangers are present. Owners are warned that this breed openly exerts its dominance over other male dogs. His
well-developed sense of smell is used to sniff out truffles. A wise breed, he is forthright, dynamic, and courageous when
working, yet is obedient and easy to handle.
Health The Beauceron is generally a healthy, hardy breed. Some lines are prone to bloat and like any breed over 40 pounds,
Beaucerons are prone to hip dysplasia. Ninety-five percent of all breeders in the U.S. breed only hip certified stock.
Advice This hardy "country gentleman" needs space to run and is not suited to apartment living. Do not leave him leashed; he cannot
tolerate being closed in. This dog needs firm training, discipline, and lots of exercise to burn off energy. He matures late.
Two to three brushings per month are sufficient. Dewclaws must be trimmed regularly.
Function Due to their great versatility, Beaucerons are utilized in a variety of areas. They are an eager and willing worker, whose
intelligence and obedience, make them an extremely versatile and superior working dog. Today's Beauceron is being used much in the same fashion
as the German Shepherd dog in this country. While still tending sheep and cattle, the Beauceron is utilized for military and police work, Search & Rescue,
handicapped assistance work, canine sports such as Agility, French Ring, Schutzhund, Obedience, Tracking, Skijoring, and of course as a family companion.