Beauce Shepherd, Bas Rouge, French Shorthaired Shepherd, French Shorthaired Shepherd

With a strong temperament similar to that of the Doberman, the Beauceron is larger and very robust. This beautiful dog is a perfect guardian and a great protector at heart. He must be well controlled, but he will be loyal and affectionate with his family throughout his life. He must learn to respect strangers according to his master's wishes and since he is strong and courageous, obedience must be the priority in his education to allow him to stay with his family and enjoy a full life.

Height 61 to 70 cm
Weight 40 to 50 kg
Life expectancy 11 to 13 years
Hair Loss High
Excercise Need High
Home country France

Quick Overview of the Beauceron


  • Excellent guardian
  • Calm and balanced
  • Affectionate, loves his family
  • Temperament that needs to be controlled


  • Resemblance to the Doberman
  • Muscular and well built
  • Powerful silhouette devoid of heaviness
  • Tail in the shape of a J


  • Generally in excellent health
  • Rarely ill
  • No particular pathology

Temperament of the Beauceron

Strangely resembling the Doberman, the Beauce Shepherd is, however, slightly different and much less known than the Doberman. However, he has a temperament similar to him but is unique in his own way.

Excellent for guard and protection, the Beauce Shepherd is a dog with an increased temperament that must be well controlled. He can be stubborn and can even bite if not controlled. He is calm and perfectly balanced and has a strong sense of responsibility.

His education must be firm and flawless, otherwise he will take his master's place if he feels he is not up to the task. Affectionate and very protective, he loves his family, which he will protect at all times, towards and against all.

beauceron temperament

Breed Appearance

shepherd of beauce

Largely resembling the Doberman, this robust dog is a hardier breed than his canine counterpart. This large dog is muscular and well built. His powerful silhouette, devoid of heaviness, is very strong. Even though he is often confused with the Doberman, he is very different.


Between 61 and 70 cm (24.02 to 27.56 inches) for the male
Between 61 and 70 cm (24.02 to 27.56 inches) for the female


Between 40 and 50 kg (88.18 to 110.23 pounds) for the male
Between 40 and 50 kg (88.18 to 110.23 pounds) for the female


His coat is black and tan or can be harlequin, i.e. blue with fawn markings.


His flat hair is rough and measures about 4 to 5 cm (1-1/2 to 2 inches).


His head is slightly elongated and has a flat or sometimes slightly rounded skull. His oval eyes are dark brown. His ears are drooping or semi-erect. His nose is black. His uncut tail is low and in the shape of a J.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 1, section 1 and is #44

Characteristics of the Beauceron

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Life in an apartment
Good first dog
Tolerates solitude
Tolerates cold weather
Tolerates hot weather
Friendly with children
Friendly with strangers
Friendly with other animals
Hair loss
Drooling level
Easy to care for
Robust health
Easy to train
Tendency to bark
Tendency to nibble
Instinct to hunt
Adventurous spirit
Energy level
Level of intensity
Need for exercise

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Beauceron puppy: between 500 € / $ 1 / £1 and 1000 € / $ 1 / £1
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder
Average monthly budget for a Beauceron: 130 € / $ 1 / £1
The monthly budget includes the average expenses for food and hygiene products (grooming, anti-parasite...)

Tips About this breed

The Beauce Shepherd has great aptitudes for guarding and protecting his family. This calm and balanced dog will know how to take responsibility at all times. He loves children and will naturally seek to protect them. As a guard dog, he is very wary of strangers and can even bite.

His education must be unfailing and firm. He must understand very early that he is not the leader of the pack. His obedience must be total otherwise he will become very difficult to manage and will take over. He only has respect for those who are superior to himself. If his education is not adequate, he will do as he pleases. His strong temperament could cause him some trouble as an adult. This excellent guard and companion dog must be held firmly and respectfully. The master must remain the leader of the pack at all times and thus allow the dog to keep his rightful place.

Health of the Beauceron

The Beauce Shepherd is a very robust dog and generally in excellent health. He is rarely ill and no particular pathology affects the breed. His life expectancy is also very good.


His coat requires brushing about once a week to ensure a beautiful, healthy coat.

History of this breed

This fully-fledged European and French dog is, like most European canines, a descendant of the "canis palustris". These peat bog dogs evolved at the time as guardians of flocks of sheep.

Protecting and driving the flocks in the French plains were apparently his first tasks. There is a mention of a mastiff capable of defeating a wolf single-handedly in the famous "Cours d'agriculture", by Abbot François Rozier, this French agronomist and botanist that existed between 1734 and 1793.

The mention of the dog in Abbé Rozier's account bears a strange resemblance to the Berger de Beauce, which would confirm the very ancient origins of this dog of imposing stature.

It is in 1896 that the breed standard was published and the first specimens on show appeared in 1897. Of modest popularity in other countries, the Beauce Shepherd has not really gained in fame over the years. However, his birth rate remained stable in France.

The growing ban on clipping canine ears has contributed to reduce demand, because many people prefer his floppy ears look, giving him a much more sympathetic appearance to his fearsome look with erect ears.

In the French plains, the gradual disappearance of pastoralism is forcing the Beauce Shepherd to change course. From a herdsman and protector of flocks on the plains, he has become a wonderful guard dog and life companion. From protecting sheep, he has become a protector of humans. He is now fulfilling his new functions marvellously.

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