Tags: herding, Kid-friendly, Protective guardian, Requires firm, dedicated training
If the French wanted their version of the German Shepherd (a dog that excels in military and police work, search-and-rescue, handicapped assistance, canine sports of all kind and, of course, herding and guarding sheep and cattle) they certainly got that in the Beauceron. We were developed in France in the 1500s from other kinds of French herding dogs -- breeds from other countries need not apply -- and even today we're not well known outside of France and Belgium. In the 1800s our breeders declared separate names for the shorter-haired shepherds; they had been calling us the Plains Dogs and even Bas Rouge because the color of our legs looked like we were wearing red socks. That's how we became the Berger de Brauce, the Beauceron. And our longhaired, close cousins became the Berger de Brie, the Briards.
- Affectionate, devoted family friend
- Agile and active
- Born to run, happy to walk
- Busy is better than bored
- Confident and self-assured
- Courageous canine
- Males are dominant over other male dogs
- Intelligent and ready to learn
- Lives to work
- Loves kids and vice-versa
- Outdoors enthusiast
- Perfect protector
- Caters to the country, tolerates town
- Training must be firm, patient, consistent
What to expect
Please find something to keep me active and well exercised -- Agility, Schutzhund, French Ring, Obedience, Tracking, or even Skijoring (I'll happily pull you on skis). Then I'll come home and relax with the family.
Generally a healthy, hardy breed but watch for hip dysplasia, bloat, and some vision disorders.