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Beauceron (Berger de Beauce)

Group: Working Dogs (Group 5)
Club: Working Dog Club Of Victoria Inc (Group 5)
Contact: Mrs Julie Burnett
Phone: 9557 3905

Brief History
The Beauceron is a French shepherd dog whose name is derived from the agricultural region southwest of Paris. Since the breed’s development in the late Middle Ages, the Beauceron has also filled the roles of bodyguard, rescuer, companion as well as a peerless mover of livestock.

Average Life Span
When considering a dog please realise that you are taking it on for its lifetime.
The average life span is 11 to 13 years.

The Beauceron is loyal and protective, making him a good watchdog and guard dog. He is protective of his people and property, but gentle and fearless. The Beauceron tends to be a dominant breed and requires a firm hand in training.

General Breed Description
The Beauceron is a big, solid, hardy, powerful dog, well-built and muscular without lumbar. He is an intelligent breed and a quick learner, enjoying challenging activities and requiring a regular outlet for his energy. Early socialisation is essential to ensure that the breed is accepting of pets and people. Colours are black and tan or harlequin (blue mottled with tan markings).

Coat and Care Requirements
The Beauceron has a short, dense, double coat. The soft undercoat is covered by a rough, waterproof outer coat.  Only minimum grooming is required, and weekly brushing is sufficient to keep the coat healthy and clean. The Beauceron does shed year-round but has a heavier shedding period once a year. Daily walks are a must, or at least freedom to run in a large enclosed yard.

Height : Males 65 to 70cms, Females 61 to 68cms.

All breeds have individual health issues. When speaking to breeders it is recommended you enquire about the breed’s health and what health testing the breeder does. The Beauceron is a relatively healthy breed. However, hip scoring and eye testing are recommended for breeding stock.

The Beauceron is a large breed and extremely active and strong willed. Therefore, they may not suit a first-time owner. Early training and socialisation are absolute musts for the Beauceron. A recent addition to the Dog World in Australia, the Beauceron is still quite rare here.

In Conclusion
Now you know a little more about this breed. If you have decided this is the dog for you and wish to investigate further, please contact the Breed Club or Dogs Victoria. They will be able to give you information about available puppies and also suggest dog events where you can see the breed and speak to breeders. In this way you will gain a better perspective of the breed and its needs. With any breed of dog, it is important to research and determine suitability for your lifestyle before committing to a puppy which will be a part of your family for many years to come.
Whilst many breeds are recommended for families, it is imperative that when children are with dogs they are supervised at all times. Basic obedience training is a vital part of dog ownership.
Dogs Victoria is about the responsible ownership of all dogs and in particular the preservation of pure breeds.

Link to ANKC Breed Standard

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