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The Beauceron is a large and versatile French herding dog. Although it is almost unknown outside of France, it is believed to be over 400 years old and is also believed to possibly be one of the foundation dogs for the Doberman Pinscher as well as the Louisiana Catahoula Dog. The Beauceron constantly moves around the herd of sheep keeping them in a fairly tight bunch so they don't wonder off. At times when they are not being used for herding, the Beauceron provided protection for the family. Their fierce loyalty to their family and fearless attitude makes the breed ideal for this purpose. Beaucerons also share many common traits with the Briard which comes from a nearby region of France and they possibly share a common ancestor. In France the Beauceron is commonly called "Bas Rouge" (Red Stockings), a reference to the red hue on the legs and feet. It is also called the "Country Gentleman" of France. A reference to it's heritage and reserved personality. The need for herding dogs decreased during the late 19th century and the breed nearly became extinct. In order to preserve the breed a national club was formed for that purpose. We believe that during Napoleonic wars, the dogs were used as war dogs and were in the area of Germany during the time that Herr Doberman was breeding his dog. The Beauceron was used to carry messages and guard prisoners during the Great War (WWI). Beaucerons also worked as mine detectors and performed sentry duty. In more recent times, one was used in New York after the terrorist attacks to perform search and rescue work. The same dog sky dives with it's owner and was featured in the American Kennel Club's "Gazette". They are also used today as assistance dogs for the disabled, guarding, search and rescue, police work, tracking, agility, and of course, the family pet. The breed has regained it's popularity and it is also becoming more popular in the United States and Canada. The Beauceron was admitted to the American Kennel Club in 2007.

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