Showing a Beauceron is a feat that requires skill and knowledge on how to present them at their best! This dog requires extensive training and you must be patient with them. They can master what you want them to do and they are eager to please you.
The Beauceron has not been fully recognized by the AKC until just recently. In September 2001, it was moved to the miscellaneous class in the AKC. It was then eligible to compete in obedience, tracking, and agility. On June 27, 2007, this breed became fully recognized as a member of the Herding Group in the AKC. This made him eligible to compete in all regular classes of competition.
Often, a handler is asked to trot their Beauceron for an extended period of time in the show ring. The "Beauceron Trot" is simply an extension of the normal trot. This is where the back of the dog becomes lower. The legs will extend and the feet of the Beauceron will barely skim the ground as it goes round and round. If there are two Beaucerons who are tied conformationally in the show ring, they are asked to trot for an extended time. The winner is deemed to be the animal that performs the best "Beauceron Trot".
This breed performs well in obedience competition. It has a natural aptitude for obedience training and is known for his thorough and quick understanding of the desires of his master. In fact, the Beauceron will obey commands from all members of his family if he is trained to do so.
The Beauceron will do well with the sport of agility. While he may not do as well as other breeds, there are exceptions. This is a sport and competition that he loves and it allows him to move his long legs and participate in something he deems as fun and a good time. There are several instances where the Beauceron has done well and placed in competition, although few where he has actually won the entire thing.
The Beauceron will do well in the Herding competition as long as he has been properly trained. He has a natural ability, but he does not herd in the same manner as a collie might. He uses a different style and technique and these strengths must be played to and enhanced. He is a shepherd, but he is not a gatherer. He must be trained to do so.
The Beauceron will do well in the competition of French Ring Sport. This combines several talents that the Beauceron possesses. He must compete against a decoy while using great speed and courage. He must have his wits about him. He will perform amazing jumping feats and do all of this while portraying a strict obedience to his master. It is a challenging competition and it is one the Beauceron will excel at and enjoy immensely.