The Beauceron can be an important addition to your family if you know how to integrate him properly. It is important to be patient. Your diligence and patience will have positive and lasting results!
The Beauceron is generally quite good with children. It needs to be introduced to them from an early age and in essence raised with the child. Although it should be noted that sometimes this energetic and large breed can sometimes overwhelm a small child. You are the best judge of this possibility. The Beauceron will do extremely well with an older and well mannered child. It is a fierce protector of children and it would be wise to use caution when disciplining your child and not do it in front of the Beauceron. He could literally stand between you and your child if he feels you are a threat.
The Beauceron is a great watchdog. He is naturally inclined to protect all those whom he deems to be part of his territory. He does not take kindly to strangers that trespass or threaten his surroundings or family. He will be aggressive in those instances. He is discerning and confident in his ability to protect those whom he loves. However, he needs lots of socialization. He must be provided lots of opportunities to meet good people so he can quickly determine what is to be considered abnormal behavior. If not given the opportunity for socialization, they may become suspicious of everyone and this could lead to biting. They will become fearful of strangers instead of protecting you against them.
The Beauceron is intelligent and a calm dog. He calculates things with a precision that is amazing. He is loyal and friendly within his family. He is gentle and obedient. He loves to please his family and his master. He is a patient dog and demands respect. He is a controlling dog who must be taught that he is not the master of the family. He will need a strict and firm handler who knows how to lead him with consistency. When this has been displayed to him, he will follow your lead, and will no longer seek to be the boss of the family.
The Beauceron needs lots and lots of exercise. He will love to play catch with your children. He loves the interaction as he is quite social with those whom he loves and is devoted to. He needs to be taken on long walks every day. He needs to be able to run and romp and stretch his legs without the hindrance of a leash. He loves to be a part of family outings and especially loves them if they provide him the opportunity to play and run in large open spaces.
The Beauceron is a large dog in both stature and spirit. Some people consider him to be "too much dog". He is not for the average family. He requires a lot of energy and drive from his owner. If you are not dedicated to providing him the opportunities he needs, this may not be the dog for your family.