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AKC Meet the Breeds: Beauceron

American Kennel Club, Inc. (c) 2011

An old and distinct French breed of herding dog, the Beauceron is easily trained, faithful, gentle and obedient. The Beauceron coat can be seen in variations of black and tan. While relatively unknown outside of France, the breed is very old within the country. And while there are many sheep herding dogs in France, the Beauceron is the preferred choice due to its tireless work ethic.

A Look Back
The earliest record found so far of what is thought to be the Beauceron dates back to a Renaissance manuscript of 1578. In 1809, the abbey Rozier reported plain dogs guarding flocks and herds. In 1863, Pierre Megnin differentiated, with precision, two types of these sheep dogs: one with a long coat, which became known as the Berger de Brie (Briard), the other with a short coat, which is known as the Berger de Beauce (Beauceron).

Right Breed for You?
Like many breeds within the herding group, the Beauceron is happiest when assigned a task. He is eager to learn and easily trained, but may display independence. The breed's short coat does not require extensive grooming. Although the Beauceron can be reserved with strangers, he is loving, loyal and protective of his family.

  • Herding Group; AKC recognized in 2007.
  • Ranging in size from 24 to 27 1/2 inches tall at the shoulder.
  • Sheep herder; livestock guardian.

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