Beauceron’s ancestry is assumed to come from the Doberman. This breed is known as the French shepherd dog and has a history dating back to 1500. Known to have originated in La Beauce, the Beauceron is not restricted to this region, but is found throughout northern France, and is well known in Western Europe. The red markings on the Beauceron have given it the name Bas Rouge or Red Stocking.
Up to 27½” tall, the Beauceron is muscled and powerful. Muzzle and skull of the same size; horizontal and slightly oval eyes that can be anything from dark brown to dark hazel; high set ears can be either cropped or natural; firm and pigmented lips; teeth meeting in scissors bite; tail forming a J; and coarse and dense coat in combinations of Black & Tan or Gray, Black & Tan; these are the physical characteristics of the Beauceron.
Black/Tan is the only acceptable color. Various alternate colorings, including Gray and Gray/Black, are not considered viable under the Beauceron breed standard.
Highly intelligent and easy to train, the Beauceron is friendly and good with children, their size being the only deterrent. An excellent herding and watch dog, the breed is fearless, vigilant and patient. It has a natural talent of understanding its master’s desires and commands quickly and sometimes without even being told. Beauceron loves working out especially in large, open spaces. Early socialization helps them cope with new people or pets easily.
A healthy and tough dog, the Beauceron does well if exercised amply. However, its size and weight can lead to hip dysplasia.
UKC, NKC, ACR