Your Purebred Puppy, Honest Advice About Dogs and Dog Breeds

Sensible advice for raising your Beauceron puppy so he lives a long healthy life and seldom needs to visit the vet. Learn about the most common health problems and issues in Beaucerons, the best dog food diet for feeding Beauceron puppies and adult dogs, the truth about vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and natural health care.


11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy, my best-selling dog health book

Beauceron dog breed

Beauceron Health Problems and Raising a Beauceron Puppy to be Healthy

By Michele Welton. Copyright © 2000-2014

Quiz – How Long Will Your Dog Live?
How To Raise a Healthy Dog
Feeding the Best Dog Food
Feeding the 2nd Best Dog Food
Vaccinations: Needed or Not?
Are You Sure Your Vet Is Good?

The most common health problems in Beaucerons:

Hip dysplasia is the major health problem. The Orthopedic Foundation of America evaluated the hip X-rays of 230 Beaucerons and found 16% dysplastic, which is very high. And the true rate is even higher because most of the obviously bad X-rays were not sent in for official evaluation.

Elbow dysplasia is officially 5.5%, but again, the true rate is higher, and when you compare the Beauceron to his cousin, the Briard, the Briard's 0% elbow dysplasia rate looks a heckuva lot better!

Other orthopedic problems in Beaucerons include osteochondritis and panosteitis.

Eye diseases include progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), cataracts, and eyelid abnormalities (entropion and ectropion).

Hypothyroidism, blood-clotting disease (von Willebrand's), and cancer are increasing concerns in Beaucerons.

Allergies often lead to bacterial skin infections (pyoderma).

With their deep chest, Beaucerons are at higher-than-normal risk for the emergency gastrointestinal syndrome called bloat.


Can you prevent health problems from happening to YOUR Beauceron?

Yes, often you can.

  1. Some health problems are genetic, which means inherited from parents. Genetic health issues are common in Beaucerons today because of unwise breeding practices. My book, Dog Quest: Find The Dog Of Your Dreams, shows you how to find a Beauceron puppy who is genetically healthy.
  2. Other health problems are environmental – caused by the way you raise your dog. My best-selling dog health book, 11 Things You Must Do Right To Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy shows you how to prevent environmental health problems by raising your Beauceron puppy (or adult dog) in all the right ways.

Here are my dog health tips for raising a healthy Beauceron puppy or adult dog:

Dog lifespan quiz How Long Will Your Dog Live? – Take This Quiz!
Based on your dog's breed and how you're raising him, this personalized quiz will help you understand how long your dog might live – and most importantly, how you can increase his life expectancy.


Obedience instructor and author Michele Welton Dog Health Care – The Sensible Way
Read my advice on daily health care so your Beauceron lives a long, healthy life and seldom needs to see the vet.


Real homemade dog food The Best Dog Food For Feeding Your Beauceron
The best diet for feeding your Beauceron is real food. Real chicken, turkey, beef, bison, venison, fish....This is not "people food" and I'll tell you why.


Natural dog foods for your Beauceron. The Second-Best Dog Food For Your Beauceron
If you can't feed homemade dog food, here are your next-best choices.


Information on booster shots for your Beauceron. Vaccinations and Booster Shots: Needed or Not?
How many vaccinations does your Beauceron puppy really need? Does your adult Beauceron need yearly booster shots? The vaccination guidelines have changed. Find out what many vets aren't telling you.


Information on choosing the best vet for your Beauceron. The Type of Veterinarian I Recommend
Is your veterinarian really the best choice for your dog? Learn about the differences between vets who practice conventional, holistic, and alternative veterinary medicine.


Information on spaying your Beauceron. Spaying Your Female Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of spaying your female Beauceron.


Information on neutering your male dog. Neutering Your Male Dog: Pros and Cons
Advantages and disadvantages of neutering your male dog.