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Description of Beauceron

´╗┐The Breed History

The Beauceron is a distinctly French herding dog, with records going back to 1578. In 1863, Pierre Megnin differentiated, with precision, two types of these sheep dogs: one with a long coat, which became known as the Berger de Brie (Briard), the other with a short coat, which is known as the Berger de Beauce (Beauceron). The bread was accepted for AKC registration in 2007.

Breeding for Function

The Beauceron gives the impression of depth and solidity without bulkiness; exhibiting the strength, endurance and agility required of the herding dog. The whole conformation is a well balanced, solid dog of good height and well muscled without heaviness or coarseness. The dog is alert and energetic with a noble carriage. The Beauceron is the preferred herding dog for sheep and cattle in France.

Physical Characteristics

Height at Withers: female 24 to 26.5" (61-67 cm), male 25.5 to 27.5" (65-70 cm).

Weight: females 80-95 lb (36-43 kg), males 90-110 lb (41-50 kg).

Coat: Outer coat is 1.25" to 1.5", coarse, dense and lying close to the body. It is short and smooth on the head, ears and lower legs. The hair is somewhat longer around the neck. Acceptable coat colors are: Black and Rust, Black and Tan, Grey Black and Tan, and Harlequin.

Longevity: 10-12 years.

Points of Conformation: The Beauceron is medium in all its proportions. The length of body, measured from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttock, is slightly greater than the height at the withers. The head must be in proportion with the body, measured from the tip of the nose to the occiput it is about 40% of the height at the withers. The eyes are horizontal and slightly oval in shape, and dark brown. The ears are set high, and may be cropped (upright) or natural. The skull is flat or slightly rounded near the sides of the head. The muzzle must not be narrow, pointed, or excessively broad in width. The lips are well pigmented. The teeth meet in a scissors bite. The tail is strong at the base, carried down, descending at least to the point of the hock, forming into a slight J without deviating to the right or to the left. The feet are large, round, and compact with black nails. Hind double dewclaws form well separated "thumbs" with nails, placed rather close to the foot. Movement is fluid and effortless, covering ground in long reaching strides (extended trot).

Thanks for description - Animal life club

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