Country/Date of Origin: France/1500s
The Beauceron is one of the best-known sheepdogs in France. Like some of its compatriot breeds, the Beauceron has double dewclaws that enabled it to get a good grip in the sheep's wool when it climbed across their backs to get across a flock. Although it has been used as a herding dog for centuries, it is thought the original use was as a hunting dog. The Beauceron is also used successfully as a police dog.
FCI Group: 1 (Herding)