Beauceron vs German Shepherd

Compare the Beauceron to the German Shepherd. Use the tool below to compare temperament, size, personality, maintenance requirements, and everything else between Beaucerons and German Shepherds.

Quick Summary

Below are a few quick comparisons between the two breeds.
  • Owner Experience - Both the Beauceron and German Shepherd are good choices for new or inexperienced owners.
  • Children - Both the Beauceron and German Shepherd are child friendly.
  • Grooming - The Beauceron is very easy to groom. The German Shepherd has high grooming requirements.
  • Barking - The German Shepherd bark/howls frequently. The Beauceron has a low tendency to bark.
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Beauceron vs German Shepherd
Black and Tan Beauceron
German Shepherd Dog Breed
Breed NameBeauceronGerman Shepherd
General Details
Breed TypePurebredPurebred
Is Hypo­allergenicNoNo
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Height24-28 in.22-26 in.
Weight70-110 lb75-95 lb
IntelligenceHighHigh
History
Origin CountryFranceGermany
Origin Year1587 AD1899 AD
Temperament
Overall FriendlinessGoodGood
Family FriendlyVery GoodVery Good
Kid FriendlyGoodGood
Pet FriendlyPoorVery Good
Stranger FriendlyGoodBelow Average
Personality
  • Affectionate
  • Aggressive
  • Loving
  • Stubborn
  • Willing To Please
  • Affectionate
  • Loving
  • Does Not Like Being Alone
  • Willing To Please
Living Environment
ApartmentNoYes
IndoorYesYes
Small YardNoYes
Medium YardYesYes
Large YardYesYes
Temperature Tolerance ¹40°F to 70°F40°F to 85°F
Barks/HowlsRarelyVery Often
Exercise Needs
Energy LevelHighHigh
Exercise RequiredHighHigh
Top Running Speed24 mph30 mph
StrengthHighHigh
Grooming Needs
Coat Main­tenanceLowMedium-High
SheddingLowHigh
DanderLowHigh
Drool AmountLowMedium

¹This is estimated min/max temperature range for a healthy adult dog. Dogs that live indoors, puppies, seniors, unwell dogs, and/or dogs with improperly groomed coats may overheat sooner and get cold more quickly.
Instincts & Behavior Comparison
Breed NameBeauceronGerman Shepherd
Breed Mentality
Dominant/AlphaYesNo
Family/PackNoYes
IndependentNoNo
Breed Focus
Distracted EasilyNoNo
AverageYesNo
Focused & PatientNoYes
Breed Instincts
AggressionAverageAverage
Burrow/DiggingAverageBelow Average
ChasingAverageBelow Average
Follow CommandsAverageHigh
FightingAverageBelow Average
GuardingHighHigh
HerdingHighHigh
HuntingAverageHigh
ProtectionHighHigh
Remove VerminAverageBelow Average
SleddingAverageBelow Average
WatchHighHigh
Health Comparison
Breed NameBeauceronGerman Shepherd
Lifespan
Lifespan10-12 yrs.10-14 yrs.
Common Health Issues
AllergiesNoYes
BlindnessNoYes
BloatNoYes
CancerNoYes
CataractsNoYes
Cherry EyeNoYes
Chronic DiarrheaNoYes
Cruciate Ligament RuptureNoYes
Cushing's SyndromeNoYes
Degenerative MyelopathyNoYes
Demodectic MangeNoYes
DiabetesNoYes
Digestive ProblemsNoYes
Elbow DysplasiaNoYes
EpilepsyNoYes
Exocrine Pancreatic InsufficiencyNoYes
Heart DiseaseNoYes
Hemophilia ANoYes
Hemophilia BNoYes
Hip DysplasiaNoYes
Hypertrophic OsteodystrophyNoYes
Lens LuxationNoYes
LupusNoYes
MegaesophagusNoYes
Myasthenia GravisNoYes
Nail Bed DiseaseNoYes
OsteochondrosisNoYes
PannusNoYes
PanosteitisNoYes
ParalysisNoYes
Perianal FistulaNoYes
Progressive Retinal AtrophyNoYes
Retinal DysplasiaNoYes
SeborrheaNoYes
VitiligoNoYes
Von Willebrand's DiseaseNoYes
Wobbler's SyndromeNoYes
Appearance Comparison
Breed NameBeauceronGerman Shepherd
Coat
HairYesNo
FurNoYes
Coat Type
Double CoatYesYes
Smooth CoatYesNo
Coat Texture
StraightYesYes
Coat Length(s)
ShortYesYes
MediumNoYes
Coat Color(s)
Black & TanYesYes
HarlequinYesNo
Tri-colorYesNo
Bi-colorNoYes
BlackNoYes
Black & CreamNoYes
Black & RedNoYes
Black & SilverNoYes
BlueNoYes
GrayNoYes
LiverNoYes
SableNoYes
WhiteNoYes