The short, dense coat is a heavy seasonal shedder, but otherwise an easy keeper.
Like many breeds within the herding group, the Beauceron is happiest when assigned a task. He is eager to learn and easily trained, but may display independence. The breed's short coat does not require extensive grooming. Although the Beauceron can be reserved with strangers, he is loving, loyal and protective of his family.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. The Beauceron is a large breed and has a lifespan of 10 to 12 years.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
Like most dogs who work outdoors for long hours, they have a protective double coat, which does shed. This dog will require more than regular brushing during its twice annual shed to keep shedding minimal. Their nails should be attended to with a nail trimmer or grinder regularly to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Beaucerons are smart, spirited, bright, and versatile herders—imagine a Border Collie’s brain in a 100-pound body. They’re not for novice owners, who might end up being owned by their dominant dog instead of the other way around. That said, well-trained and socialized Beaucerons are level-headed watchdogs and guardians, especially good with the young, the small, and the defenseless. There’s a distinct aura of romance about the breed, and Beaucerons are especially beloved by women as a dashing but sensitive companion and protector.
Like all larger dog breeds they can be prone hip dysplasia. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Beaucerons are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Beauceron can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.