The Beauceron is a large dog and as such needs lots of exercise. He cannot be cooped up in small spaces without the opportunity to exercise. He truly needs a job to do and lots of space in which to express himself and use his energy.
The Beauceron will not fare well as a kennel dog. He will also not fare well in an apartment all day. However, he can do ok with living in an apartment if you are consistent and dedicated to providing him with lots of opportunities to exercise each and every day.
The Beauceron is not a dog that will be satisfied with circling your block three or four times a day as his form of exercise. He needs to be taken on long walks regularly. He needs to be taken to places he can run and play free from his leash.
He is truly happiest when he is working or exercising in wide open spaces. He is moderately active indoors, and will do best on a farm or at the very least, a large fenced in yard. This dog has a strong affinity for work and he should be allowed to express himself in this area. He needs to run in open spaces and the possible rolling hill. He needs to be able to stretch his long legs and feel free.
The Beauceron should not be left alone for long stretches of time. He will suffer from separation anxiety. It is also important to note that too much confinement will lead to rambunctiousness and could lead to destructive behavior. This is usually expressed by destructive chewing and seemingly ceaseless barking.
There are many options to choose from in order to exercise your Beauceron. He is a true and ardent athlete and enjoys strenuous activity. You could take him running or jogging with you. He would do well if you took him hiking with you. Biking is a good option. He loves to play an active game of fetch. You could take him swimming. Although you should be prepared for the stench that his wet coat will provide.
You could involve him in various doggie sports. He would love to learn agility, which is an obstacle course. This could be challenging for him both physically and mentally! The Beauceron would love to learn advanced obedience. He would love to participate in Schutzhund, which is a protection sport. He also would do well with participating in a tracking sport. He has a natural affinity for this one!
The Beauceron was never intended to be solely a household pet. It cannot happily exist in a cramped space without adequate exercise. To force one to do so would be cruel. It would break the spirit and essence of this noble dog. If you just want a pet for your family and do not want to take the time to exercise this dog, you should not consider getting one. It may be best to simply pass on the great Beauceron and choose a less demanding breed of canine.