This is a noble and reliable breed, loving of its master and protective of its property. Intelligent, trainable and calm, it makes a good family companion, but it needs plentiful space and excercise. It can be unfriendly towards strange dogs, needing proper socialization. One of the key physical traits of the Beauceron is the presence of double dewclaws, as are found on the Briard and some other French breeds. The ears are usually cropped, but can be seen in their natural state as well.
The coat is dense, flat and moderately harsh, coming in the popular "Bas Rouge" black-n-tan coluring and the tricolour look called the Harlequin, which is similar to the Bas Rouge (Red Stockings), but instead of black, it has the gray/blue mottled merle markings. Uniform black, tan and grey dogs exist as well, but aren't as valued as the the popular black-n-tan representatives. No white markings are allowed, except for a small white spot on the chest, regardless of coat colour. Average height is around 27 inches.