Breed Description +

The Beauceron is a courageous breed that will generally prefer rural environments to city life. They are generally strong, alert, self-confident, physically active dogs that require daily mental and physical activity to prevent boredom and difficulty in handling. The Beauceron will require firm, consistent obedience training and socialization to prevent reservation with strangers and to ensure the dog is controllable in all situations. They can be very wary of cats and other small pets and may react to strange dogs, especially those of the same sex, but this can be reduced through early socialization.

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  • Common Name(s):

    Bas Rouge, Berger de Beauce, Beauce Shepherd

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  • Observed Weight:

    57 - 88 lbs

  • Show Weight:

    60 - 80 lbs


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 24 - 28 inches


The Beauceron is a herding breed from the "La Beauce" area around Paris in France. Although traditionally used as a farm dog to herd cattle and guard livestock, it was used in both the world wars for carrying messages, tracking people, finding wounded and carrying equipment. This versatile breed of dog is still being used in military and police work. Probably ancestrally related to the longer-coated Briard,  the breed was developed solely in France and has only recently gained popularity in America, where it is recognized by the American Kennel Club as a Herding group breed.

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