The Beauceron is a dog breed native to France. This breed was originally developed as a farm dog to be used to protect cattle and sheep. The result was a great, big breed that is extremely compliant with excellent tracking skills. Eventually, the Beauceron was used for other purposes such as guarding and herding as well as a military dog during the First and Second World War. At present, they are still widely used by the military and police. But, more than that, Beaucerons have slowly made their way into different households, serving not only as a watchdog but also a home companion.
As dog owners, it is pretty much a given that you would view your own pooch as the most good looking of all other dogs. While this is a natural reaction, there are some exceptional dog breeds that are simply made to be shown off. One of these breeds is the Beauceron. There’s no denying that the strong features and face of the breed are considered to be “handsome” in the dog world. This is why the Beauceron is a favorite when it comes to dog showmanship. If you own a Beauceron, you might want to have them participate in dog conformation.
The Beauceron is a dog breed that excels in physical activities. On top of this, the breed is also very intelligent and highly trainable. All these qualities are the key recipes for producing a flyball athlete. In this canine sport, dogs compete against each other in a relay race. There is an obstacle course consisting of four hurdles, which the dogs must clear in order to get to the flyball box. This flyball box has a spring-loaded pad that shoots out a ball once pressed. The dog must then run back through the hurdles and to the starting line while the next dog springs into action until all participating dogs are done. With enough training, Beaucerons can easily learn and excel in flyball.
Beaucerons are known for having a muscular and athletic body and extraordinary strength. Apart from their physical capacities, they are also quite clever and vigilant. This is why the breed is a popular choice for canine sports. One of the most fun sports that you can try with your Beauceron is skijoring. This winter sport is similar to traditional skiing but with some help from your pooch. Due to the breed’s background with herding, they are also used to following instructions and leading the way. Skijoring is a unique activity for you and your dog and a fun way to spend some time together.
This type of training refers to a combination of short bursts of intense activity and some slower movement. It is a method normally used by runners, one that can also be beneficial to dogs. The Beauceron will excel in this training because they respond to commands easily and have the aerobic capacity to go fast in a run.
Schutzhund, which means “protection dog” in German, is a canine sport designed to evaluate and improve a dog’s qualities in order to make them more useful. Schutzhund was initially created as a suitability exam for German Shepherds. Over time, however, lots of other dog breeds participate in the sport, including Beaucerons. In fact, the breed is a great match for Schutzhund due to their extreme obedience. There are lots of Schutzhund training clubs across the country where your dog can join and get trained.
Consider yourself lucky if you are an owner of a Beauceron. This lovely dog breed has lots of amazing and impressive qualities that make them a great choice for a pet. However, Beaucerons have certain needs and activity requirements that they must meet. Therefore, it is your responsibility to make sure that these needs are met. The abovementioned activity ideas are a great way to start!