“Beauce Dog”, “Beauceron”
and “Red-Stocking” were the names chosen at
the end of the XIX century to designate these ancient
French Sheepdogs of the plains, all of the same type,
with smooth hair on the head, a harsh, short coat and
ears normally cropped. The body had tan markings, notably
at the extremities of the four legs, which led the breeders
at that time to call these dogs “Red-Stockings”.
The coat was commonly black and tan but there were also
grey, entirely black and even wholly tan dogs. These dogs
were bred and selected for their aptitude to conduct and
guard flocks of sheep.