The Beauceron is known in France as a guard dog, a helper around the farm (herding sheep or cattle), and/or a ring sport dog (primarily protection training). This athletic, healthy and long-lived dog has been bred to be intelligent, calm, gentle, and fearless.
Adults are typically suspicious of strangers and are excellent natural guard dogs. On the other hand, they typically take their cue from their handlers when greeting strangers and are neither sharp nor shy.
They do best when raised within the family, but they can sleep outside, the better to act as guards (their weatherproof coats make them ideal kennel users even in the coldest winters). They are eager learners and can be trained to a high level.
However, their physical and mental development is slow, relative to other similar breeds (e.g., German and other large shepherds). They are not mentally or physically mature until about three years, so you should not rush their training.
Several five or ten-minute play training exercises per day in the early years can achieve better results than long or rigorous training sessions.
Beaucerons can compete in dog agility trials, obedience, showmanship, flyball, tracking, and herding events. Herding instincts and trainability can be measured at noncompetitive herding tests. Beauceron’s exhibiting basic herding instincts can be trained to compete in herding trials.
Beaucerons generally do not require much grooming. Their dewclaws will need some trimming a few times a month, but they don’t usually grow that long. However, the Beauceron has a great outdoor lifestyle, and they can sometimes go inside the house smelly and dirty.
The Beauceron dog breed is very rare in the United States. It is a French herding dog going back to around 1570. In 1863 the Beauceron was shown at the canine exposition held in Paris. The first club goes back to the 1890s.
The Beauceron is believed to be involved with the development of the Doberman Pinscher. They work guarding the flock in open areas. They have been used in the military, running messages, tracking and detecting mines, and finding wounded men in the midst of the battle. They can work even with exploding bombs and gunfire going on around them.
Acceptable colors for Beaucerons include black and tan or tri-color (black, tan, and grey). They are double-coated with a medium length, dense, coarse, straight outer coat, and a dense undercoat. Their coat is easy to care for and requires minimal grooming.
Beaucerons are very trainable and are actually one of the most impressive breeds when trained well. When trained, they can be noble, helpful, and imposing and cause very few problems in the discipline. However, training a Beauceron will take some hard work. It will be worth hiring a professional trainer to make sure you take full advantage of this dog breed. Training this breed will take up a lot of your time and should be done early on before it learns to chew on your sofa. When training, you have to be consistent, firm, and patient.
Temperament: The Beauceron dog breed is a working dog, and so needs a lot of activity. It is intelligent, obedient, and willing to please. Due to their quick ability to understand, these dogs learn fast and are great at obedience training. They have a love of wide-open spaces and can, if not checked, herd up the family. While it is possible to have this dog as a pet, this can only happen if you are willing and able to offer the dog all the exercises and mental stimulation they need.
They can get along with other pets by allowing them to get to know the other animals. Having good leadership over this dog will give you a well-balanced pet. Socializing helps greatly. If these conditions are met, you have a lovely dog and a good companion.