Beauceron

Lifestyle Needs

portrait of a purebred french sheepdog beauceronThe Beauceron is said to originate from the French Plains of Beauce and the French also refer to the breed as Bas Rouge (Red Stockings). He is a very active and agile dog and was used as a livestock herder and guarder. He will need at least two hours of exercise every day. The Beauceron’s coat will need grooming more than once a week and does shed. He needs to live in a large house with a large garden. The Beauceron is said to be tolerant by nature and good with children but as with all breeds, individual dogs will vary. His average lifespan is 10 years.

Inbreeding Coefficient - COI
(Should be as low as possible)

The UK Kennel Club breed average COI is 0.6% - see 'A Beginners Guide to COI'

Effective Population Size - EPS

TBC

EPS is a measure of how many individuals are contributing genetically to a breed population. It is a measure of the size of the gene pool in a breed. Lower than 100 is considered critical by conservationists and below 50 brings a breed close to extinction. For more information see the Kennel Club article.

Health and Welfare Problems due to Conformation
(Body shape and physical characteristics)

  • Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (Bloat/torsion) (twisting of the stomach and intestine – requires urgent vet treatment).  Common in large, deep chested breeds of dog.

BVA/KC Health Schemes: www.bva.co.uk/chs

  • Hip Dysplasia (abnormality of the hip joints causing pain and disability) breed mean score 11 (parents should be lower).
  • Eye Scheme

Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) are now available for Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia:
www.thekennelclub.org.uk/about-ebvs

DNA Tests Available

None known

Unofficial (Breed Club) Schemes

None known

Ask the breeder to show you the certificates for the above tests/screening for both parents. If any of the above tests have not been considered necessary by the breeder (and there may be good reasons), ask her to explain why.

Other Diseases Reported
(For which there are currently no genetic or screening tests for sire or dam)

None known

Ask the breeder about the medical history of the parents, grandparents and great grandparents.  Consider carefully whether to purchase a puppy if some of these or other diseases are in the family line.

Ask about the breeder’s policy in cases of serious genetic diseases occurring to your puppy in later life. Good breeders will request to be informed of such events in order to improve future breeding decisions. Some breeders will also agree to contribute towards medical costs or refund purchase price.

You are strongly advised to buy from a breeder who uses (or is prepared to use) the RSPCA / BVA AWF Puppy Contract and Puppy Information Pack (PIP):  www.puppycontract.org.uk

You are also advised to buy from a breeder who follows the Dog Breeding Reform Group’s (DBRG) Standard for Dog Breeding:
www.dogbreedingreformgroup.uk/the-standard-for-dog-breeding.html

Or the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeders Scheme Standard and Guidance:
Standard PDF | Guidance PDF

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