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Beauceron
Beauceron
Beauceron
Alternative names
French Shorthaired Shepherd
Beauce Shepherd
Berger de Beauce
Bas Rouge (Red Stocking)
Country of origin
France
Common nicknames
 
Classification and breed standards
FCI: Group 1 Section 1 #044  
AKC: Miscellaneous Class  
KC (UK): Working  
UKC: Herding Dog Breeds  
Not recognized by any major kennel club
This breed of dog is extinct
Notes
Also registered in the USA by the North American Beauceron Club - NABC.

The Beauceron is a herding dog breed from France. He is also known as the Berger de Beauce, the Bas Rouge, or the French Shorthaired Shepherd.

Appearance

This breed stands 24 to 27.5 inches (61-70 cm) in height and weighs 66 to 85 pounds (30-38.5 kg). His standard colouring is black and tan, black, or harlequin; other colours (tawny, grey, and grey/black) once prevalent are now banned by the breed standard. The coat is short, close and smooth, except on legs, tail and flanks where there is a slight fringe.

Temperament

This muscular and energetic breed is described as intelligent, calm, aloof, and very protective of children.

History

The regional names are misleading since the breed really does not come from Beauce but from Brie; however, the Briard claimed that regional name first. Although quite different in appearance, both breeds stem from similar ancestral stock.

Working life

A very versatile breed, the Bas Rouge (“Red Stocking”) was once used to hunt wild boar. It served in both World Wars as a messenger dog, a supply transport dog, and in detection of mines and rescue of the wounded. In addition, the Beauceron has strong herding traits and capability.

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