|Barked: Fri Oct 26, '12 7:56am PST |
|MY PP trainer just took on a client with one, though I have never personally seen one in action.
From my own research into them, and from information provided by people like Tiller, I have determined they are not the breed for me.
Some people click well with certain dogs, and that's ok. But personally I see the Beauceron as another dog who people seek to take on because he's exotic- not necessarily because he is the perfect dog for them.
They are a rare breed in this country, few have actually worked with them long enough and extensively enough to really appreciate the heart of those dogs. That lack of knowledge is what scares me, and for a breed like this lends itself to mistrust, especially considering the nature of the breed itself. Sharp genetics deteriorate quickly in the hands of fools, and unfortunately with breeds like the Beauceron, who are more than JUST sharp, can lead to a fork in the road that travels in two unfortunate directions. Its not a dog I would want to get from just ANY breeder, and I feel there are enough of the "any" types that I would steer clear for that reason alone.
If Beaucerons interest you, why not consider something like a Rottie? PLEASE do not less health issues scare you away... as with anything, there are good genetics and there are bad, and there are enough wonderful breeders in any breed that you CAN find a healthy individual if you just set out to find them. I can drop you some names of wonderful Rott breeders who produce beautiful, healthy dogs if that's something that might ever interest you. As a breed I think Rottweilers are much more stable in this country, and honestly better suited to service work than a Beauceron.
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