General Information

Dog NameBeauceron
Other NamesBas Rogue
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeShepherd
Country of OriginFrance

Physical And Size

Min Life Span10
Max Life Span12
Min Ideal Weight for male34
Max Ideal Weight for male43
Min Ideal Weight for female31
Max Ideal Weight for male43


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentGentle, Obedient, Alert
Prey DriveNo
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyLow
Child FriendlyMedium
Cat FriendlyLow
Apartment FriendlyLow
Senior Citizens FriendlyLow
Service DogLow
Search and Rescue DogLow
Biting PotentialMedium
Country of OriginFrance
Nicknames and Other NamesBas Rogue, Berger de Beauce, French
Shorthaired Shepherd, Beauce Shepherd,
Beauce Sheepdog
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypeShepherd
Bred ForHerding livestock and guarding property
Recognized ByAKC, UKC, KC (UK0, FCI
Life Span10-12 years
Ideal WeightMale: 70-110 pounds
Female: 65-100 pounds
Ideal HeightMale: 25.5-27.5 inches
Female: 24-26.5 inches
Fur TypeMedium, Harsh
Common ColorsHarlequin, Black & Tan, Black & Rust,
Gray Black & Tan
AchievementsWinning the CAC in the French race
special in 1998
Suitable for ApartmentsNo
Used in World WarUsed as mine detector, messenger,
ammunition carrier
Most Similar ToDutch Shepherd

The Beauceron, also nicknamed as Bas Rouge is a large, muscular and well-balanced graceful dog. They are a herding breed which falls in a working dog category. Like any farm dogs, Bas Rouge served as a multiple purpose dog from delivering animals to guarding farm and property.

Bas Rouge is an active, intelligent, smart working dog and an excellent watchdog. They are the athlete and needs a lot of exercises. They should be taken out to work or to play very often.

Origin and History

Beauceron is originated from France whose name is derived from the Southwest of Paris. This versatile breed used to herd and guard sheep and cattle. They also used to hunt wolves and wild boar. It is said that Beauceron is used to create Doberman Pinscher. They worked as a cattle guard but also they served in both World War I & II as a mine detector, messenger, soldier, bodyguard, and rescuer.

Bas Rouge was recognized by American Kennel Club in 2007 and registered as herding group. They have been recorded in The Foundation Stock Service since 1998.

Is Beauceron Child-Friendly?

The Beauceron is good with children if brought up together. They are gentle and loving towards children and adores them. They are protective of children and are very less likely to turn aggressive towards them even when the child plays rough.

No matter how friendly the dog is, supervision is always necessary. You cannot take this kind of risk with children. Therefore, let them be together to play on your presence.

Beauceron aka Bas Rouge with a Baby Girl.
Image Source: about Beauceron

Behavior, Temperament and Personality

Beauceron is naturally a guard dog and a watchdog. They are very alert and is best to let them sleep outside to watch the property. They are neither reserved or shy with strangers, however, they will warn you if they sense any suspicious behavior. Bas Rouge is good at getting the cue from their owners whenever it comes to greeting a stranger.

Bas Rouge is a natural watchdog and is very protective of their people and environment. They take good care of your property so, if you are going somewhere, your Bas Rouge can be kept as a house guard. You will not be disappointed by his service.


Training a Beauceron is a challenging job to do as they are independent and stubborn. They are not for a novice owner. A first time owner should consult a professional trainer who knows Bas Rouge personality very well and an experienced owner can train this breed efficiently.

Bas Rouge is slow in mental development. They are not fully matured until the age of about three years so, their training session should not be rushed in their puppy-hood. Just take 5-10 minutes play-training exercise at an early age. Increase the time and load of their exercise and training on their adulthood.


  • The Beauceron coat is weather-proof. Their coat starts to grow in a cold season, therefore, they do not have a problem living in a cold place.
  • Bas Rouge is ranked 157th breed in American Kennel Club.
  • Bas Rouge is slow at physical and mental development. But as they develop, they are known to have an incredible memory, unlike other dog breeds.
  • It has a double due on their hind legs.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Eye Problems,
Skin and Food Allergies, Hypothyroidism,
Bloat, Obesity
Vaccination RequiredKennel Cough, Rabies,
Canine Distemper, Canine Parvovirus,
Leptospirosis, Canine Parainfluenza,
Canine Coronavirus
DroolingAverage Drooler
GroomingEasy and minimal
Weight Gain PotentialAverage to High
Separation AnxietyLow to Moderate chance
AllergiesFood and Skin Allergies
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 23%-25%
Fat: 8%

There are no breeds that are completely healthy without any health problems. The most possible problems are hereditary defects and disorders. Some of the least possible health issues are:

  • Canine Hip Dysplasia
  • Eye Problems
  • Skin and Food Allergies
  • Gastric Dilation and Boalt

Coat and Colors

Bas Rouge have a short double coat with short undercoat and slightly long and dense outer coat. Their coat grows in winter which keeps them warm. They come in two standard color variety: black and tan, gray and harlequin.

Bas Rouge Puppy


The price of Bas Rouge Puppy is from $1200- $1500. If you consider adoption, it will only cost around $300-$500 with the expenses of caring for their health.


The size of male Bas Rouge is between 25.5-27.5 inches and female is 24-26.5 inches at the shoulders. Their weight is around 70-110 pounds.

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