Illustration of Beauceron

The breed was developed from the sheepdogs of the French plains of Beauce: hence his name - Quiet and confident the breed is also valued as a loyal companion and guard dog and was described by the French novelist Colette as “a country gentleman” - a very apt epithet. His tan markings on the legs earned him the colloquial title Bas Rouge – the Red Stockings.

The Pastoral Breed Group

The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.

Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.

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