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The Beauceron is a guard dog and herding dog breed falling into the working dog category whose origins lie in the plains of Northern France. The Beauceron is also known as Berger de Beauce (sheepdog from Beauce) or Bas Rouge (red-stockings).

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The Beauceron is a guard dog and herding dog breed, whose origins lie in northern France. The Beauceron is also known as Berger de Beauce (sheepdog from Beauce) or Bas Rouge (red-stockings). This working dog is the largest of the French sheepdogs. Though almost unknown outside of France, the Beauceron has a long history. It is a very old breed developed solely in France with no foreign crosses. In 1809, a priest, Abe Rosier, wrote an article on these French herding dogs.  It was he who first described the differences in type and used the terms Berger de la Brie and Berger de la Beauce.

The Beauceron was a general-purpose dog. The Beauceron was used to drive and protect livestock, guard the house, and defend the family. The Beauceron originates in the plains region surrounding Paris known as La Beauce. The Beauceron is closely related to its long-haired cousin, the Briard or Berger de Brie.

Due to its great versatility, Beaucerons are utilized in a variety of areas. They are an eager and willing worker, whose intelligence and obedience make them an extremely versatile and superior working dog. Today’s Beauceron is being used like a German Shepherd dog in this country. While still tending livestock, the Beauceron is utilized for military and police work, Search & Rescue, handicapped assistance work, and canine sports such as Agility, French Ring, Schutzhund, Obedience, Tracking, Skijoring. And, of course, as a family companion!

The Beauceron, being an exceptional guard dog, was also used by the French army. Their ability to follow commands without hesitation was well utilized during both wars in Europe, where the military used them on the front lines to run messages. Beaucerons were also used to pick up trails, detect mines and support commando activity. Today Beaucerons are still used as military dogs as well as police dogs. In fact, one Beauceron was used multiple times as a search dog after the 9/11 attack.

In the 1960s, the Ministry for Agriculture required that the S.C.C. create a confirmation examination in order to preserve the traits and qualities of ancient sheepdogs. There were concerns that because of the demands of modern day life, the Beauceron breed could disappear. Fortunately, the adaptable Beauceron found work in protecting the home and family of his master, despite the disappearing flocks.

The last modification to the French standard for the Beauceron was in 2001 and has been applied since November 29th, 2001. The minimum 5 year wait period made it possible for the breeders to adapt their breeding stock to the new standard. This is only the 6th time the standard has changed in 100 years.

The Beauceron is gaining in popularity in many different countries, including here in the United States. Here he has attracted much attention due to his appearance and temperament, as well as his ability to guard the house. The French writer Colette was a devotee of the breed and labeled the Beauceron “the country gentleman”. He described them as “affectionate, playful, superb with children, absolutely and deeply attached to their masters. But at the same time, there is something mysterious about a Beauceron. They are like some people who don’t talk much but have a strong presence. They have a dimension, a depth, I have not found in other dogs.”