Other names: French Shorthaired Shepherd, Beauce Sheep dog, Beauce Shepherd, Berger de Beauce, Bas Rouge
Country of Origin: France
Height: Male: 66 – 71 cm, Female: 64 – 66 cm
Weight: Male: 32 – 45 kg, Female: 30 – 39 kg
Color: Tri-color, Black & Tan, Harlequin, Black & Rust
Life Expectancy: 9 – 12 years
Temperament: Protective, Friendly, Calm, Fearless, Intelligent
Litter Size: 5 - 7 puppies
Health Problems: The Beauceron is generally a healthy, hardy breed. Some lines are prone to bloat and like any breed over 40 pounds, Beaucerons are prone to hip dysplasia.
The Beauceron 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. It is thought that a passage in a manuscript, written in 1578, is the first specific mention of a dog of the Beauceron's description.
The Beauceron was a general-purpose dog. Worked and selected for a very long time, the Beauceron was used to drive and protect the herd (Sheep or Cattle), guard the house, and defend the family.
Originating in the plains region surrounding Paris known as La Beauce, the Beauceron is also known as Berger de Beauce (Shepherd of the Beauce) or Bas Rouge (Red Stockings).
The Beauceron is closely related to it's long-haired cousin, the Briard or Berger de Brie. The Beauceron is generally a healthy, hardy breed. Some lines are prone to bloat and like any breed over 40 pounds, Beaucerons are prone to hip dysplasia. Ninety-five percent of all breeders in the U.S. breed only hip certified stock.