Dog Breeds > Beauceron
|Alternate Names||Beauce Shepherd, Red-Stockings, Short-haired French Shepherd Dog|
|Group||Shepherd and Working Dog|
Varieties: a) black and tan; b) Harlequin (black and mottled gray with tan markings).
The Beauceron is quite often confused with the Dobermann, to which it looks rather similar due to its black and tan coat. However, the two breeds are very different. The Beauceron is more rustic and robust, its coat is different, its tail is left whole, and its back paws must have the distinctive double dewclaws specific to the breed. Its head is long, with a flat or slightly curved skull, a slightly marked stop and a nasal bridge slightly arched toward the end. Its eyes are dark, while its ears are almost always cut and, therefore, held erect. Uncut ears must be rather short and flat.
Fur: short, thick and hard, with a very short undercoat. There is slight feathering by the rump and tail.
Color: according to the variety, black and fawn, or harlequin, which is black and mottled gray with tan markings (also, very rarely, called tricolor).
Size: 65 to 70 cm for the males and 63 to 68 cm for the females.
Weight: 30 to 40 kg.
Character and Abilities
The Beauceron can easily act as a guard, defense or working dog. In inexperienced or too soft hands, it can become stubborn and even bite. It has a very developed sense of responsibility, and if its owner doesn’t fit the leader role, the dog will easily take its place and decide what is fairer for itself. On the other hand, when placed in expert hands, it will be one of the best working dogs in the world. Of all shepherd dogs, it is the best defense dog. Its mistrustful and unfriendly qualities make it a perfect guard dog.