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Impressive, large and muscular, the Beauceron is an attractive dog with a smooth short coat and drop ears.

10 – 12 years
30 – 38.5kg
65 – 70cm
Coats come in black and tan (see Kennel Club breed standard for
specific marking details) or harlequin (grey and black with tan markings)
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Large dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks, alerts and may be physically protective/suspicious of visitors
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left alone with training
Generally healthy breed

The Beauceron breed can be prone to: 
- Hip dysplasia 
- Gastric dilitation volvulus 
- Osteochondrosis dissecans

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Hip dysplasia screening scheme


Bold, courageous and quick to learn, the Beauceron is a people dog and a working dog. They dislike being left alone too long and benefit greatly from having a job to do. Strong willed and capable of independent decision making, the Beauceron is not suited to first time dog owners, but will excel with those who enjoy training and canine sports. Naturally a little suspicious of strangers due to their livestock guardian history, they will benefit from early and thorough socialisation and habituation to people and household life.

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History and Origins

Ideal Owner

Exercise Needs

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Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Beauceron

Training Beaucerons

Suitability for Family Life

Did You Know?

  • The Beauceron used to protect sheep and other farm livestock against wolves, which were once common across rural northern France.
  • Despite being relatively rare, the Beauceron has racked up a number of film appearances, including a James Bond movie, Moonraker; the 1990 Luc Besson film Nikita, and in Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York.
  • Sometimes the Beauceron is known as the ‘Berger de Beauce’ which translates to ‘sheepdog of Beauce’.
  • This dog breed has double dewclaws which gives them better traction on rough terrain.
  • The Beauceron was used in both world wars and took on a range of tasks from messengers, to transporters and even land mine detectors!
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