The Beauceron is an interesting dog with many fun facts within its rich history. It is a noble and wonderful dog and there may be a few things that will surprise you about its past!
The Beauceron was not recognized as an official breed by the AKC until September 2001. It received full recognition in June of 2007 and was classified as a member of the herding group. It is the 157th breed listed with the AKC. It has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service as a breed since 1998.
The Beauceron is not known widely outside of France. The breed itself is very old within the country of France. It has remarkably experienced no foreign crosses in breeding to this day.
It is a dog of the lupoid or wolf type. It is a distinct French breed of herding dog. The oldest manuscript that dates a Beauceron is circa 1578.
In 1809, it was reported to be a plain dog destined for only guarding flocks and herds by the Abbey Rozier. It received differentialization by Pierre Megnin in 1863. He split the breed with precision into two types of sheepdogs. The first was the Berger de Brie "Briard". It is known by its long coat. The second was classified as the Berger de Beauce "Beauceron", and is known by its short coat.
The Beauceron is used extensively in France on farms to herd sheep and other cattle. There are many sheep herding dogs in France, but the Beauceron is by far the preferred choice.
The Beauceron is a movie star! It appeared in the James Bond Film "Moonraker". This is where the breed was first seen by many Americans.
There was a Beauceron used extensively in the Search and Rescue efforts in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City on September 11, 2001. This brave and loyal dog used a special camera that was placed around its neck to search for signs of life. It searched in places that were still unreachable by its human counterparts. This dog received a medal in commendation of its heroic acts and bravery in a serious situation.
The Beauceron is still used as a work dog by the French police and army. It has many useful talents that make it the dog of choice for them. It is talented in guarding and Schutzhund, which is protection. It also is very good at tracking. It is adept at tracking bombs and landmines. It is an agile dog with a strong drive to work and do its job well.
The Beauceron is an athletic dog. It is a fierce competitor in the world of doggie sports. It has a strong drive to do well in whatever it is trying to accomplish. It is a dog that will leave its mark on the world in the future, much as it has in the past. It is a loyal friend and comrade. It is a dog to hold in high regard and to treat with utmost respect. The Beauceron is truly the definitive answer to being an amazing friend.