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• High energy level
• High exercise needs
• Moderately playful
• Moderately Affectionate
• Shy towards other dogs
• Shy around other pets
• Shy around strangers
• Difficult to train
• Great watchdogs
• Very protective
• Low grooming requirements
• Medium tolerance to heat and cold


The Beauceron is a distinct breed of dog, highly prized for its ability to protect and guard, but also for its calmness and balanced personality. They excel in reasoning, learning and memory, which make them perfect for police training, and for their ability to act as not only a family watchdog, but also as a pet.

Like most breeds with a herding background, these dogs need to be properly trained to stop them from herding children, but they make great companions and are known for their ability to stay calm and patient with children.

Extremely intelligent and even-tempered, the Beauceron is a breed that serves many purposes.

  • Best suited to being a part of the family as opposed to living outdoors, but do require outside time each day
  • Health conditions that need to be tested for include the hips
  • Grooming needsinclude once a week brushing.
  • Became a registered AKD breed in 2001
  • Once trained has a great relationship with family members, young and old, and make great watchdogs
  • They can get along with other family pets but do not take kindly to strange dogs and people they are unfamiliar with
  • The average size of a male is 65 to 85lbs and 25.5 to 27.5 inches tall
  • The average size of a female is 65 to 85lbs and 24.5 to 26.5 inches tall

Care & Health:

Beaucerons are easy to groom, requiring a brushing about once a week. With no major health concerns, and their high level of courage, intelligence and reasoning, once trained they make excellent companions, watchdogs, police dogs and pets.

They are best suited to live as part of the family, but should also spend some time in the outdoors each and every day. They require regular exercise, not only for their active minds but for their lean and powerful bodies. Failure to provide this exercise can result in a dog that can become bored and destructive.

Major Health Concerns:


Minor Health Concerns:

–CHD (Canine Hip Displasia), gastric torsion

Test for:

– hips

Life Span:

– 10 to 12 years

Breed History:

The Beauceron is a French breed of sheepdogs, dating back to the 1500s. Very popular as an all-purpose farm dog, the Beauceron not only guarded and herded sheep, but was also a great family watchdog. Later generations used them as military dogs, acting as messengers and mine detectors. Their ability to follow orders and trails made them an invaluable asset to the military and to the police, a role that they continue to play today.

They were recognized by the AKC in 2001 and are showcasing their abilities in competition for agility, tracking, herding and obedience.

  • Family history is herding
  • Originally from France
  • Origin in the 1500’s
  • Original purpose was herding and as a guardian
  • Today they are used as herders, guardians and as police dogs
  • Also known as Berger de Beauce, and Bas-Rouge