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Questions and answers about Beauceron temperament, personality, behavior, physical traits and characteristics, feeding, health care, buying, adoption, puppies and adult dogs.

Beauceron dog breed

Beauceron FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions About Beauceron Dogs

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014



What kind of temperament and personality does the Beauceron have?

I give you my honest opinions about Beauceron temperament and personality traits and characteristics – positives AND negatives – in my dog breed review, Beauceron Temperament and Personality Traits (What's Good About 'Em, What's Bad About 'Em).


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Do crossbred or mixed breed Beaucerons make good pets?

Many do make good pets, yes, in the right homes. But before you choose ANY purebred, crossbreed, or mixed breed, you need to know what a purebred dog really IS – and what crossbred and mixed breed dogs really are. You might think you know, but I bet you'll be surprised by my articles: The Truth About Purebred Dogs, The Truth About Crossbred Dogs, and The Truth About Mixed Breed Dogs.


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Can you help me decide whether the Beauceron is the best breed for me?

Yes, I offer personal consultations on choosing the best breed for your family and lifestyle. Learn more about my Dog Breed Consulting Service.


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Do male dogs or female dogs make better pets?

Ah, let the debate begin! Honestly, male Beaucerons have pros and cons, and female Beaucerons have pros and cons. Visit Male Dogs versus Female Dogs


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If I just want a dog for a pet, not for showing or breeding, does it matter whether he has AKC registration papers?

First you need to know what registration papers really mean – and don't mean. You might THINK you know, but you might be wrong! Find out the truth about AKC Registered Puppies: Are AKC Papers Important?.


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There's an adorable Beauceron puppy at the pet shop. The store manager assures me they only buy from responsible breeders. Could this be true?

No. There are no responsible Beauceron breeders who would ever place one of their Beauceron puppies in a pet shop for resale. To find out more about pet shop puppies, visit Pet Shop Puppies: Buying a Puppy From a Pet Store.


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How do I find a good Beauceron breeder?

It's hard! The sad truth is that the vast majority of people offering Beauceron puppies for sale are unknowledgeable, irresponsible, completely clueless – or all of the above. Visit Dog Breeders: How To Find a Good Breeder.


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How do I pick the best Beauceron puppy from a litter?

You can do puppy personality tests. Visit How To Choose a Good Puppy.


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I'm interested in adopting a dog rather than buying from a dog breeder. How do I find Beaucerons for adoption?

You can find Beaucerons available for adoption from dog rescue groups or from the animal shelter. Visit Adopting a Dog From Rescue and Adopting a Dog From The Animal Shelter.


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I just got a new Beauceron. Which pages should I read first?

  • Beauceron Health, which includes my advice on feeding, vaccinations, and health care. These pages are very important, because if you start your Beauceron puppy off on the wrong foot, he will probably experience health problems later on. Starting off RIGHT is essential!
  • Training Beaucerons, which includes my advice on respect training, housebreaking, and socialization. Again, you must start your Beauceron puppy off on the right foot by teaching him what he needs to know and you must avoid doing the wrong things with him so that he doesn't develop bad habits that will be much harder to fix later on.

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What's a good training schedule for training Beauceron puppies? What things should I teach, and when?

Here's the puppy training schedule I use for Beaucerons: Puppy Training Schedule.


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How do I housebreak my Beauceron?

The key to housebreaking your Beauceron is confinement, confinement, confinement. Visit Housebreaking Your Puppy or Adult Dog.


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My Beauceron has some behavior problems I'd like to solve.

Respect training solves behavior problems much better than obedience training. Visit Respect Training For Puppies and Adult Dogs.


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What's the best dog food for Beaucerons?

Homemade dog food, i.e. real food. Visit The Best Dog Food For Your Dog. If you can't or won't make a meal for your dog, there are only a few (very few!) commercial dog food brands I recommend – and these MUST be mixed with real food. There is no commercial diet that should be fed to a dog by itself. Learn why in my article, The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Dog.


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I have to take my Beauceron to the vet soon for shots. Which vaccinations does he really need?

The schedule of vaccinations that dogs really need has changed dramatically – but unfortunately most vets are not telling you the truth about this, because a good chunk of their income depends on frequent vaccinations. Please don't get any more shots for your Beauceron until you've read my article on Puppy Shots and Dog Vaccinations.


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What are the pros and cons of spaying and neutering my Beauceron, and when should it be done?

Spaying and neutering are often recommended too early, which can lead to health problems later in life. Visit Spaying Your Female Dog or Neutering Your Male Dog for the straight scoop on the safest (and riskiest) times to spay or neuter.


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My vet doesn't agree with some of the things you've written about health care.

My advice is based on the latest research by veterinary immunologists, and it's the same advice given by most licensed veterinarians who belong to the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. If this advice sounds different from what your own veterinarian is telling you, it's a good bet that he or she does not belong to the AHVMA. Visit Think Your Veterinarian's Good? Here's How To Tell.


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I have a question about Beaucerons that I don't see answered on your web site.

It's probably answered in one of my books: