The typical Beauceron is the canine equivalent of a burly, no-nonsense police officer. These dogs are physically imposing, athletic, and strong--and their instinct is to always be in control. Though Beaucerons can be good family dogs if raised from puppyhood (and socialized with kids and other pets along the way), their tendencies will be to "herd" everyone and everything--no matter how domesticated they are.
Beauceron dogs 101: they're natural farm dogs--but if they serve as family pets, they're best suited to living both indoors and outside. Though their coats are short, they have two layers of fur, so they will be comfortable outside even in extremely hot or cold temperatures. Don't be surprised, though, if when inside your Beauceron still tries to control where everyone is. Herding is its strong instinct, so a dog of this breed may nip at a child's heels in an attempt to keep the child under control. Beaucerons are also extremely playful as puppies, jumping and cavorting endlessly; owners contend that these dogs may not fully mature until up to three years of age. This level of hyperactivity may be overwhelming for small children, so Beaucerons may be better fits for families with older kids.
Beaucerons will also need plenty of physical (and mental) stimulation. A simple daily walk won't be enough; these dogs need variety. They're strong, agile, and virtually tireless, so they will need varied activities to be part of their daily lives.