|Two uncropped Beaucerons: one in each of their accepted colors: harlequin (merle) and black and tan|
|A cropped show Beauceron in Poland|
Today, the beauceron is commonly used in the same way that German shepherds are: as a rather utilitarian breed that can do search and rescue, police work, canine sports, and act as a service dog. Temperament-wise, the breeds is supposed to be fearless, yet gentle. Though it is popular in France, the breed is unusual in other parts of the world. Other names for the breed include Beauce dog, Beauce Sheepdog, Berger de Beauce, and Red-Stocking. The latter comes from the red that is seen on the breeds' lower legs. Though the usual colors are black and tan or herlequin, other colors were once also rather common, such as solid tan and solid black.
The biggest health issue in the breed is hip dysplasia, but many other conditions are also common enough to be of note. Other joint issues, bloat, eye problems, cancer, and numerous other health issues are known to occur in the breed.
Sources are the American Beauceron Club, About Beaucerons, Your Purebred Puppy, Fédération Cynologique Internationale, and the American Kennel Club. Images are from Wikimedia Commons under a Creative commons license or are copyright free: one, two.