The Beauceron (French Shepherd Dog)

The Beauceron Dog Breed is from the plains of France and is also known as the French Shepherd Dog. It was used as a farming dog and its primary role was herding cattle and sheep.

The AKC regards this breed as a herding dog but the British kennel Club regards it as a working dog.

Size and Appearance

The French Shepherd has the coloring similar to that of a Rottweiler or Doberman Pinscher. They are usually black with some red on the tips and around the face (muzzle and chin). Their coats are shorter and easily cared for.

They are a medium-large breed of dog standing at 24-28 inches (60-70cm) and weighing 65-85 pounds (30-39kg). They have a powerful appearance and can look the part of guard dog but can also have a soft caring expression.

Their ears are set high and are pointed. Some breeders dock them. And their tails are carried low.

Attitude and Personality

This breed is quite versatile. They worked on farms for many years herding and guarding the livestock and protecting its family. In the World Wars they went to work for the French army as messenger dogs, mine detectors, and guard dogs.

They are intelligent and eager to work. They need plenty of physical exercise and mental stimulation. They also need good training and socialization as their inclination is to protect its home. They are easily trained so it is just a matter of effort on your part. With good training, socialization and plenty of exercise, they will make a nice member of your family.

They live 10-12 years in most cases

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