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Before You Buy

Temparement

Beaucerons should have a frank approach and self-assured; never mean, timid, or worried. Although reserved with strangers, the character of the Beauceron should be gentle and fearless. Any display of fear or unjustifiable aggression is not to be tolerated.

Health

Recommanded health tests by Orthopedic Foundation for Animals:

  • Hip evaluation

  • Eye evaluation (each year)

  • Cardiac evaluation including an ECHO (each year)

The Working Beauceron Association recommends the additional:

  • Elbow evaluation

  • Shoulder evaluation

  • Spine evaluation

  • DNA evaluation including merle, deafness, coat length, and other Embark tests.

Nutrition

Nutrition is a huge aspect of maintaining a healthy and happy Beauceron. Whether you feed your dog dry kibble or invest in a Raw diet, the Beauceron is a large breed and should be fed according to their growth rate from puppies through adulthood. If you have any questions about feeding a large breed, please consult a Canine Nutritionist.

Grooming

The Beauceron is, as professional handlers would say it, a wash and wear breed. They require very little grooming and should be maintained as rustic as possible. Nails should be kept short and coat should be kept clean and free of debris. Working dogs should be paid extra attention to to ensure the healthiness of their coat as they endure the elements more frequently than pets.

Dewclaws

The Beauceron is known for its extra toes on its hind feet. These extra toes are called Double Dew Claws. Generally, the double dew claws are longer than regular claws and catch on things easier than other toes/claws. These nails should be kept short in order to minimize the catch risk.