beauceron breed information


common health issues

Elbow dysplasia is actually a collective term which refers to the effects of one or more diseases of the elbow joint which result in pain and arthritis. Many of these problems can affect both elbows and result in forelimb lameness and elbow pain, often requiring surgical correction.

GDV (or bloat) describes a condition whereby a dog's stomach becomes dilated with air and then, while dilated, twists over on itself, effectively sealing the stomach. The most common sign of bloat is a firm, distended stomach, especially if it seems to occur rapidly. GDV is one of the true life-threatening emergencies in dogs and many cases require emergency surgery.

Inherited deafness in one or both ears occurs due to the degeneration of the structures of the inner ear. It usually occurs within the first few weeks of birth. Deafness is tied to coat color, especially in merle pups, and has an association with blue eyes. Hearing tests can be conducted at referral centers or veterinary schools, but inherited deafness is permanent and cannot be cured.

Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a cardiac condition that Boxers are prone to develop. In this adult onset disease, cardiac muscle responsible for pumping the heart is replaced with fatty tissue, leading to dysfunction of the heart, arrhythmias, and congestive heart failure. Medical treatment centers on normalizing the heart rate and rhythm.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition in which the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit well together, resulting in a hip with increased laxity. This laxity can lead to degenerative changes and depending on the severity, may require surgical correction.

The Beauceron is a French herding dog who remains little known outside of her home country. An intense worker, she is prized equally for both her herding ability and her work ethic – she has been known to manage herds of 200 to 300 animals for 50 miles a day!

The Beauceron’s coat is either black and tan or grey, black and tan, and she stands about 26 inches at the shoulders. Both self-assured and gentle, she has a fearless independence that allows her to work unaccompanied in the fields.

Like most herding dogs, the Beauceron is alert and energetic, and requires a lot of daily exercise. She definitely does best when given a job to do! While you probably don’t have flocks to manage, keeping both her mind and body exercised keeps your Beauceron from getting herself into trouble. Her short coat needs little in the way of grooming – give her an occasional bath when she’s dirty and your grooming duties are done!

Despite their intense work ethic, Beaucerons are still prone to a number of hereditary and congenital conditions which can adversely affect their health – not to mention your budget. Some of the conditions and illnesses Beaucerons are prone to include hip and joint problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia; hearing problems such as deafness; internal conditions such as gastric dilation-volvulus (GDV or bloat); and heart diseases such as dilated cardiomyopathy.

Petplan pet insurance covers all hereditary and chronic conditions as standard. Which means if your Beauceron inherits his dad’s bad heart or his mom’s poor hearing, you're covered.

Use the condition checker tool to learn what common conditions your pet may have.

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  • your share of the cost: $450
  • Petplan's reimbursement to you: $1550
  • coverage remaining in policy period: Unlimited
    (full policy limits are reinstated upon renewal)