Beauceron

Breed Information

Breed History

Beauceron

Beauceron is a large size herding dog that can move hundreds of sheep for long distances in a short period of time. Endless endurance and a high level of intelligence makes them a great herding dog.

They get their name from the city they come from Beauce, France. Primary is use for herding sheep and cattle while at the same time serving as a guardian and protection dog. Largest size of all sheepdogs from France.

Breed is so old nobody knows where they come from regarding other breeds, we only know the location. Showing a close relation to the Briard that comes from the same region with completely different looks.

Documentation from the 16th century gives a strong description of the breed. Around the 19th century many people wrote about the large herding dogs.

In the 1890’s, they would receive official recognition in their homeland as a purebred dog.

Many jobs this dog can do include police dogs, search and rescue, military dogs, and now great competition dogs. Due to the high level of intelligence you will find this dog doing many activities.

When sheepherding was no longer in need like in days of the past this breed began to receive love from the country. Loving, affection, and an excellent companion become what they are known for as a pet.

They are responsible for being one of the breeds that would help shape the breed standards of the Doberman Pinscher.

Registration

In 2007, they would receive recognition from the American Kennel Club. That’s a long time considering how long they were a purebred in France dating back to the 1800’s.

Top 120 in popularity there is a great chance they can gain more popularity as the years progress. Seeing the popularity of the Doberman Pinscher they look similar physically and could explode at any time.

Herding Group, or Sheepdog Group, by any major kennel club around the world. Here are the major kennel clubs and all the breed standards from them.

Size

Male Height: 25-27 inches

Female Height: 45—24-26 inches

Male Weight: 90-110 pounds

Female Weight: 70-90 pounds

Litter Size

6-8 puppies are the average litter size of the Beauceron. Breeders should be aware of how many puppies to expect. Waiting at least eight weeks before selling them to a responsible owner is the best practice.

Colors

Black – rust or tan

Gray – black or tan

Harlequin

Any color other than the ones above will result in a disqualification and unfavorable.

Price

$1,000-$2,000 is the average price of a Beauceron. Prices vary depending on location, currency, supply, demand, and other factors than can change the cost of the puppies.

Dogs with papers are going to cost more than dogs without papers. Breed standards have a strict adherence to features and colors that will make sure the dog looks the highest quality.

Without papers you can expect to pay around a few hundreds dollars and the dog will most likely have some crossbreeding in their history. No authority is looking over the breeding process and one or both parents can’t receive papers.

Grooming

Take your dog on a long walk or run before you start the grooming process. Starting the grooming process correctly is most of the battle and you want to take care of this before every time. Other than that, put a leash on a dog until they understand you want them to sit or stand still.

  1. Brushing
  2. Combing
  3. Bathing
  4. Ears
  5. Nails
  6. Professional Help

Brushing the coat on a weekly basis is the best practice to keep the coat in great condition. During shedding season, a brush and a comb will remove excess hair quicker.

Comb the coat at least once per week to keep the coat in great condition. Start from the skin and make sure you have a tool that can accomplish this.

After a long run or walk the dog will be ready and willing to relax during a bath. Make sure they get a drink of water as well. Water on the belly is the way dogs cool themselves off keep that in mind.

Ears are going to need a cleaning once weekly to prevent ear infection. Negligence will result in the dog shaking their head, scratching and developing an odor. Take them to the vet if this persists.

Trimming the nails should happen during the runs and walks you do daily, which we recommend. If you don’t run and walk daily, which we recommend, cut them with nail clippers.

Professional help is not a recommendation with this dog.

Life Span

10-12 years is the average lifespan for a Beauceron. That’s a long time for a large breed to live and owners should be aware of how long they will own this breed. Great dog you can adopt due to their long lifespan.

Health Issues

Hip Dysplasia – is when the hip socket and the leg bone doesn’t properly align. It can cause rubbing of the two and the dog will show discomfort while exercising. Take your dog to the vet if the condition is this bad. If they’re not showing any signs get an examination around 24 months of age.

Eye Examination – there are a lot of eye issues you will come across. Cherry eye, cataracts, and glaucoma can all affect this breed at some point in their life. Some conditions are mild while others can cause partial or complete blindness.

Heart Disease – big dogs have some issues with heart disease due to the large amount of dog food they consume daily. Heart murmurs, irregular heartbeats, and other problems are all a function clogged arteries.

Allergies – food-based allergies can happen from soy and other non-meat substitutes dog food companies use. Check the label and make sure you avoid common foods that dogs are less likely to consume.

Breed Group

Beauceron are proud members of the Herding Group. One of the best in the business when it comes to herding many animals in a short period of time.

It is not possible for a human to try herding a lot of animals. Herding is a function of moving a different animals form one place to another. Doing this at scale will only happen from a sheepdog or herding dog.

Here are some of the dog in the herding group

Exercise Needs

Beauceron is a dog that needs a lot of exercise to find fulfillment. Having a history of herding hundreds of different animals shows that they were in use at a high level.

Owners should avoid putting them in the backyard and considering this real exercise. Getting the dog some real burn on the pavement or trail will be most beneficial.

Whenever you fail to do this you will notice that bad behavior will increase, and good behavior will decrease over time. At some point you won’t feel like you have a dog due to the energy levels.

When a dog is barking excessively, jumping, biting, nipping, and getting into a lot of trouble around the house you are looking at a bored dog. Boredom will almost always equal bad behavior.

Changing the tide will show the dog’s good behavior increasing and bad behavior decreasing. Here is a basic guideline we would give you to start with.

Morning: Hour (run, walk or treadmill)

Evening: 30 mins (run, walk or treadmill)

Remember if the bad behavior continues increase to two one-hour sessions and try to run them as well. Over time all the hard work will catch up, but you’ll see results right away.

Younger dogs need a lot of runs and two session days everyday when needed. Around this time, you will be teaching the house, backyard, and other rules so this will be a lot of work.

Adult dogs can still be in younger dog stage depending on the owner. You’ll start seeing a decrease in energy levels and more one session days. Training should be on autopilot at this time.

Senior dogs have the least amount of energy and only need one walk with little to no runs.

Training

  1. Exercise program
  2. Commands
  3. Socialization
  4. Corrections

Every house should be built on a solid foundation and no foundation is more solid than a daily exercise regimen. Running and walking daily is the most effective method you can use to calm the dog down and to train them at the same time. If you use one hour a day to exercise that’s 365 hours a year. Two hours is 730 hours a year and that will have a great impact on the dog. Breaking them into two sessions will allow you to get a lot of hours in and keep the dog calmer.

Command training is a smaller time commitment but giving the dog a lot of repetition is the key to teaching them commands. Once they learn the commands it is time to change environments and give the same commands. After they have an understanding that you want them to listen in different environments you will start having a stronger command.

Socialize is simple when done right. Exercising the dog before vet visits, parks, dog parks, or car rides will always make for a better experience. Once you start this exercise you will always give the dog an hour before any event because of the effectiveness.

Correct the dog verbally, on, or off leash. Timing of the correct is the main issue owners will have and the easiest to correct. Before the act is committed is the only time to correct the dog. It is the same as a dogs timing and that’s why it makes sense to them. Think about it? A dog barks before you get close to their gate not when it is open already.

Are Beauceron Aggressive?

No, no dog is born aggressive and aggressiveness comes after a long period of frustration with no outlet and leadership from the owner. Lack of exercise is common for being some of the underlying reasons for the problem. Next, you must correct body language that leads up to the aggression. Ears up, tail up, standing tall and other big visual signs should all get corrected right away. Find an expert if you have an aggressive dog while you continue to exercise and correct bad body language.

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