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This large, energetic dog is extremely protective of family and territory. They can be aggressive with animals they don't know or strangers. However, when raised with other dogs, pets and children from puppyhood they can do well. Because of their size, they are recommended for older, well-behaved children. When outside, they should be in a secured yard. They can be calm with their family but are an overall energetic breed that requires plenty of exercises, play and time to run. Early training is recommended as they can have a stubborn streak. Once trained, they will follow their master's commands. With a strong herding instinct, they have a tendency to herd family and other pets. They like to be with family.
Dating back to 16th century France, the Beauceron was bred to herd sheep. They are also known as Berger de Beauce and Bas Rouge (Red Stocking) for the markings on their legs. They were used during WWI and WWII to detect landmines and find the wounded. Their high trainability makes them excellent at this job as well as in police work. The Beauceron has a natural guarding instinct and has also traditionally been used as a guard dog and watchdog.
With such a high instinct to protect their home and family, the Beauceron makes an excellent guard dog. Homes that can appreciate their loyalty and protective drive are essential. They are also very energetic and work well with families that enjoy outside activity.