Beauceron

The Beauceron is a large dog that originates from France, where it was used to herd and guard livestock.

Beauceron breed group

Pastoral

Size of the Beauceron

Large

Country of origin

France

Beauceron breed introduction and overview

The Beauceron is also known as the Berger de Beauce or the Bas Rouge. It’s a large dog, with a high level of intelligence and impressive levels of physical stamina. It was bred to herd and guard livestock in its native France.

Beauceron temperament

The Beauceron is a calm, good natured and placid dog. It is sensitive and wary of strangers. It is normally good with children and makes a good family pet. It is generally good with other dogs, but care should be taken around cats, and contact with other smaller pets avoided.

The Beauceron should be socialised and trained from an early age, and owners should be aware the breed takes around 3 years to reach maturity. As with all larger dog breeds, vigorous exercise and excessive jumping should be avoided in the first year to prevent damage to joints.

Colour varieties of the Beauceron

The breed comes in just 2 colours and markings:

  • Black & Tan
  • Tricolour

Size and weight of the Beauceron

Height bitch 60-69cms

Height dog 60-69cms

Weight (kilos) bitch 30-45kgs

Weight (kilos) dog 30-45kgs

Exercise requirements of the Beauceron

The Beauceron is a very athletic dog breed that requires around 2 hours of exercise every day.

Is the Beauceron a good dog for a first time dog owner?

Yes, but new owners should be aware of the high levels of exercise and mental stimulation this breed requires.

Beauceron coat length and grooming requirements

Medium. The coat is thick and coarse and grows to a length of 3-4cms. The Beauceron requires a weekly brush with a soft slicker brush or good quality bristle brush to keep the coat tangle free. Ears should be checked and cleaned regularly.

Hypoallergenic?

No. The Beauceron sheds throughout the year, making it an unsuitable choice of dog breed for allergy sufferers.

Health issues in the Beauceron

The Beauceron is a healthy and hardy dog, but owners should consult their breeder about the following health issues that have been found in the breed:

  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Bloat
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans

As with all pedigree dogs, it is very important to obtain a puppy from a reputable source where you can be guaranteed that it has been bred with a view to avoiding the inherent physical and psychological diseases of the breed.

Average lifespan of the Beauceron

A healthy Beauceron should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of between 10-12 years.

Approximate Beauceron pedigree puppy price

No current price is available due to litters being quite rare.

Estimating how much a Beauceron would need to be fed each day

A bitch or dog weighing 30kgs will require around 365gms of complete dry food daily. A bitch or dog weighing 30kgs will cost around £9.00 per week to feed.

Our figures are based on feeding an ‘above average quality’ and popular complete dry food bought from a leading supermarket.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including: