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Today's Beauceron  - Sport and Utilization

The Beauceron is an eager and willing worker, whose intelligence and obedience, make him an extremely versatile and superior working dog.  Today's Beauceron is being used much in the same fashion as the German Shepherd dog in this country.  While still tending sheep and cattle, the Beauceron is utilized for military and police work, Search & Rescue, canine sports such as Agility, French Ring, Schutzhund, Obedience, Tracking, Skijoring, and of course as a family companion. 

 

Picture is the property of Alain Gailleton.

 

Most Beaucerons are extremely agile and athletic dogs.  For this reason, they are being utilized in a variety of dog sports like French Ring, Schutzhund, and Agility.

On both sides are pictures of "Noir" crossing the palisade and the long jump.  The palisade's height ranges from 6 to 8 feet.  The long jump ranges from 10 to 15 feet (depending on the level that the dog competes at, i.e. Ring I, II, or III).

Picture is the property of Alain Gailleton.

Picture is the property of Alain Gailleton.

For centuries the Beauceron has been used as a shepherd dog.  While attending  flocks of sheep and other livestock is no longer the main purpose of this breed, a strong herding instinct remains within many working dog bloodlines.  The Beauceron on the left is working a herd of sheep at the 1999 French Herding Dog Championship. 

 

The Beauceron's strength of character, his loyalty and strong working ethics have made him an excellent candidate for police work.   While in large still unknown to police departments in this country, this breed has served for many years as canine officers in its native France.  The physical and mental demands put onto a dog for police work training are enormous.  The "wash-out" rate is high, regardless of breed.

There is one major drawback for Beaucerons in police work:  they are a slow to mature breed. GSD's for example, are mature at age 2; a Beauceron is still a teenager at this age and does not reach maturity until approximately 3 1/2 years. 

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Here I am with Janus and Maggie skijoring.

The versatility of the breed allows it to participate successfully in activities for which they were not breed for.  Their endurance, dense undercoat, and need for lots of year-round excercise, make them a good candidate for skijoring and mushing.

 

   

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