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A dog’s sense of smell is one of the keenest in nature. If a pot of stew was cooking on a stove, a human would smell the stew, while the dog could smell the beef, carrots, peas, potatoes, spices, and all the other individual ingredients in the stew.
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face. – Ben Williams
Officially known as the Berger de Beauce (the Shepherd of the Beauce), the Beauceron comes from La Beauce, the plains surrounding Paris and is seen throughout northern France.
As far back as the 1500s, the Beauceron was used to hunt wild boar and wolves but now herds and guards sheep and cattle on French farms. He also served with distinction during both world wars, carrying messages, food, and ammunition on the front lines. He also performed with courage and bravery in land mine detection and search and rescue. Beaucerons today work as police dogs, drug dogs, personal protection dogs, and as herders of livestock.
The Beauceron is one of the breeds used to create the Doberman Pinscher.
Photos displayed courtesy of Valérie Théobald, Kennel Tibone, Quebec
Standing up to just over 27 1/2 inches (70 cm) at the shoulder, the Beauceron has a short, thick double coat. The outer coat is harsh and the undercoat is woolly and grows quite thick in colder climates. The coat comes in two colour varieties: black and tan or harlequin (blue mottling and grey with tan markings). The tan colour is more reddish than tan and often called “squirrel red”. The markings appear over the eyes, on the throat, chest, legs, and under the tail. This dog has been called “Bas Rouge” or “Red Stockings”.
Although the Beauceron is medium sized in its proportions, the dog is large, solid, and powerful.
He may appear with cropped ears although the practice of cropping is no longer permitted in Europe. He also possesses double dew claws on both hind legs – a unique feature.
The Beauceron is a superb watch dog and guardian for the family. He is fearless, bold, vigilant, and courageous. Confident and territorial, he is nevertheless tolerant of other dogs he knows and cats as well if introduced to them as a puppy.
Absolutely loyal and eager to please, this dog bonds closely with his family, and tends to become a one-person dog. He will not be happy in a kennel environment. Calm and even-tempered, the breed is gentle with children.
Of high intelligence, and possessing an excellent memory, the Beauceron is so sensitive to his master’s wishes that many consider the bond to be almost psychic. Not the dog for the first time dog owner though, he requires a strong, confident master. Because of his assertive nature, obedience training and socialization should begin early. As he lives to please his master, training is not difficult.
A high energy dog, he does best in a country environment where he can get plenty of exercise.