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FCI-Standard N° 44 / 09.11.2006 / GB


(Berger de Beauce)


TRANSLATION : John Miller, Raymond Triquet.

ORIGIN : France.


UTILIZATION : Sheepdog and Guard Dog.

CLASSIFICATION F.C.I. :   Group   1      Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs).
                                               Section 1      Sheepdogs.
                                               With working trial.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : “Beauce Dog”, “Beauceron” and “Red-Stocking” were the names chosen at the end of the XIX century to designate these ancient French Sheepdogs of the plains, all of the same type, with smooth hair on the head, a harsh, short coat and ears normally cropped. The body had tan markings, notably at the extremities of the four legs, which led the breeders at that time to call these dogs “Red-Stockings”.  The coat was commonly black and tan but there were also grey, entirely black and even wholly tan dogs.  These dogs were bred and selected for their aptitude to conduct and guard flocks of sheep.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : The Beauce Sheepdog is big, solid, hardy, powerful, well built and muscular, but without lumber.

IMORTANT PROPORTIONS : The Beauce Sheepdog is medium in all its proportions.  The length of the body from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttock should be slightly greater than the height at the withers.
The head is long : 2/5 the height at the withers.  The height and width of the head are slightly less than half its total length.  The skull and muzzle are of equal length.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT : Frank approach and self-assured.  The expression is candid, never mean timid or worried.  The character of the Beauceron should be gentle and fearless.

HEAD  : The head is well chiselled with harmonious lines.  Seen in profile, the top lines of skull and muzzle lie roughly in parallel planes.

Skull : Flat or slightly rounded from one side to the other.  The median groove is only slightly marked, the occipital protuberance can be seen on the summit of the skull.
Stop : The stop is only slightly pronounced and is equidistant from the occiput and the end of the muzzle.

Nose : Proportionate to the muzzle, well developed, never split and always black.
Muzzle : Neither narrow or pointed.
Lips : Firm and always well pigmented.  The upper lip should overlap the lower without any looseness.  At their commissure, the lips should initiate a very slight pouch which should stay firm.                    
Jaws/Teeth : Strong teeth with a scissor bite.
Eyes : Horizontal, slightly oval in shape. The iris should be dark brown, and in any case never lighter than dark hazel even if the tan is light coloured.  For the harlequin variety, wall eyes are admitted.
Ears : Set high.  Ears are half-pricked or drop-ears.  They should not be plastered against the cheeks.  They are flat and rather short.  The length of the ear should be half the length of the head.

NECK : Muscular, of good length, united harmoniously with the shoulders.

Top line : The back is straight.  The loin is short, broad and well muscled.  The croup is only slightly inclined.
Withers :  Quite visible.
Chest : The girth of the chest is greater than the height at the withers by more than one fifth.  The chest is well let down to the point of the elbow.  It is wide deep and long.

TAIL : Whole, carried low, it reaches at least to the hock, without deviating, forming a slight hook in the form of a “J”.  When in action, the tail can be carried higher, an extension of the top line.


FOREQUARTERS : Upright when seen from the front or in profile.
Shoulder : Sloping and moderately long.
Forearm : Muscled.
Feet : Large, round, compact.  The nails are always black.  The pads are hard but nevertheless resilient.

HINDQUARTERS : Upright when seen from profile and from GO BACK TO LIST. 
Thigh : Wide and muscled.
Hock joint : Substantial, not too close to the ground, the point situated roughly at ¼ the height at the withers, forming a well open angle with the second thigh.
Metatarsals (Rear Pasterns) : Vertical, slightly further back than the point of the buttock.
Feet : Large, round, compact.
Dewclaws : By tradition, shepherds are much attached to the conservation of double dewclaws.  The dewclaws form well separated “thumbs” with nails, placed rather close to the foot.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: Supple and free.  The limbs move well in line.  The Beauce Sheepdog should have an extended trot with long reaching movement.


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HAIR : Smooth on the head, short, thick, firm and lying close to the body, 3 to 4 cm in length.  The buttocks and the underside of the tail are lightly but obligatorily fringed.   The undercoat is short, fine, dense and downy, preferably mouse grey, very close, and can’t be seen through the top coat.

a) Black and tan (Black with tan markings) : “red stockings”.  The black is pure black and the tan, red squirrel coloured.  The tan markings are distributed as follows :

  • Spots over the eyes.
  • On the sides of the muzzle, diminishing gradually on the cheeks, never attaining under the ear.
  • On the chest, preferably two spots.
  • Under the neck.
  • Under the tail.
  • On the legs, disappearing progressively while rising, without covering in any case more than 1/3 of the leg and rising slightly higher on the inside.

b) Harlequin (blue-mottled with tan markings) : grey, black and tan, the coat being  black and grey in equal parts, the spots well distributed, with sometimes a predominance of black.  The tan markings are the same as for the black and tan.

A faint while spot on the chest is tolerated.

Height at the withers :   Male :     from 65 cm to 70 cm.
                                    Female : from 61 cm to 68 cm.
FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.


  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Size outside the standard limits.
  • Too light-boned.
  • Eyes too light, or wall eyes (except for harlequins).
  • Split nose, of a colour other than black, with unpigmented areas.
  • Overshot or undershot with loss of contact, absence of 3 or more teeth (the first premolars not counting).
  • Natural ears carried totally upright and firm.
  • Rear feet turned excessively to the exterior.
  • Simple dewclaws or absence of dewclaws on hind legs.
  • Shortened tail or tail carried over the back.
  • Coat : Colour and texture other than those defined by the standard.  Complete absence of tan markings.  Shaggy coat.  Well defined, quite visible white spot on chest.  For the harlequin variety : too much grey, black on one side and grey on the other, head entirely grey (absence of black).

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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Origin : before its acknowledgment in 1889, ours it was used a ringhioso and brave dog from the shepherds for the defense of the flock. Also maintaining to its force and its resistance, with the selection, the French are resolutions to render it devout mansueto in the contacts with l.uomo.

Description : dog of great ransom very costruito.E. devout the large one between the dogs used after the conduction of the crudes oil.

RANSOM: its medium height of 70 centimeters. And its weight goes from the 30 to the 45 Kg

Body : its body much muscoloso without to turn out weighted down

HEAD: the snout sharpenned enough with stop very pronounced; the tartufo wide and of black color; the dark and intelligent eyes; the cut orecchie if are erected capacities otherwise fall back leggermente in ahead as those of the shepherdesses of the brie che have common origins; the set of teeth must have closing to scissor.

NECK: much muscoloso

LIMBS: they must perpendicularly be in good. As the greater part of the dogs from French shepherdesses on posterior legs introduces the characteristic of having the double spur and cio six fingers.

HAIR: of short medium length, I polish and supporter with the body; fortified of folto sottopelo impermeable that defends it from the inclemencies.

COLOR: the admitted colors are two: the black one focato, and devout the rare Harlequin, to which be ridato full tito it from the standard of 1967 and also progresses (remaining much rare one) slowly but with emergency.

CHARACTER : a lot attacked the master defends also the other members of the family but from R-he who it only has elect head branco to receive orders that to execute, immediately not always remissivo with the strangers.

I USE : a time, and in some cases still today, frightening guardiano and conductor of the crudes oil, today used like dog from guard from defense and also like dog of the forces French dell.ordine.


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