The Beauceron is a guard dog and herding dog breed falling into the working dog category whose origins lie in the plains of Northern France.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Beauceron.
1) Unknown History
Little is known of the Beauceron’s history. The earliest mention of a dog that sounds like the Beauceron dates to 1578. The breed stands out for being the largest of the French sheepdogs. Besides sheep, he also herded cattle and guarded the home. His name comes from the area surrounding Paris known as La Beauce.
The Beauceron is a confident, smart, strong-willed dog. He is protective of his family and territory, and usually reserved with strangers. He is easily trained, but often shows his independent side. Though self-assured, the Beauceron should not be aggressive. He is gentle, but fearless.
The Beauceron is a large breed, averaging between 25 and 28 inches tall. Weight is usually between 65 and 85 pounds (30 to 38 kilograms). The dog is most distinguished by his long tail and double dewclaws. The coat is short but thick with a dense undercoat. Coloring of the coat is black and tan, or a blue merle. The beauceron is sometimes known as the "bas rouge" in his homeland. The name comes from the breeds red "stockings" on the lower portion of the leg.
4) Herding Dog
The Beauceron is used extensively in France on farms to herd sheep and other cattle. There are many sheep herding dogs in France, but the Beauceron is by far the preferred choice.
The Beauceron is an intelligent breed and a quick learner. They enjoy challenging activities and need a regular outlet for their energy. Daily walks are a must, or at least freedom to run in a large yard.
6) Around Kids
The Beauceron is loyal to his people. When he is raised with children, he can be good with them. Don’t forget that he is a herding breed and might chase or nip at children. This should never be permitted. He is best suited to a family with older children who can understand how to treat him with respect.
7) Around other Pets
The Beauceron might get along with cats. He has a strong prey drive and will likely chase cats or other small furry animals outdoors, but some Beaucerons can get along well with indoor cats if they have been raised with them. They can be aggressive toward dogs or other animals they don’t know.
8) Movie Star
The Beauceron is a movie star! It appeared in the James Bond Film "Moonraker". This is where the breed was first seen by many Americans.
When it comes to grooming, the Beauceron is an easy keeper thanks to his short, double coat. A bath every three to four months with a mild shampoo is all that is needed. Brush his sleek coat with a natural bristle brush or rubber hound mitt several times a week to remove dead hair.
10) Living With
The Beauceron is best suited for a farm or home with a large, fenced-in yard, to allow for its high energy. They can adapt to indoor or outdoor living, but do prefer the outdoors. They are intelligent dogs who enjoy a job to do. They will be a watchdog and will protect their people. Early socialization is best for them to be accepting of other pets and of children in the house. Minimum grooming is needed for the short coat, and weekly brushing is usually enough to keep the coat healthy and clean. They shed year round but do go through a heavier shedding period in warm weather.