About Susan Bass
Susan has worked for the United States Air Force as an evaluator of Bomb Dogs, and is certified to train Assistance Dog instructors and to administer the AKC Canine Good Citizen test. She has been involved with dogs all her life, and is a member of the American Beauceron Club, The Delta Society, the Center Place Business Association, and is a MOKAN Pet Partner.
About Mes Yeux Vigilants
In 1989, Susan got her first beauceron, from a noted French Breeder. Champion Epic Des Fugues de Saint Alban, the first female beauceron certified to do police work in the U. S., was features in “Dog Fancy” in 1993, and became the foundation bitch for Mes Yeux Vigilants (“MYV”).
MYV beaucerons have competed in herding trials, conformation, agility, obedience, and schutzhund. Sonata was the first female beauceron to earn her American Championship; she is also an International, Mexico, and World Champion. MYV beaucerons are repeated winners at the Journee (the beauceron specialty show, which is the equivalent of a National Specialty dog show).
Mes Yeux Vigilants strives to produce healthy, high quality Beaucerons. I hope you enjoy my web site and the versatile Beauceron.
The Beauceron, or Berger de Beauce, is a large and versatile French herding dog. Although almost unknown outside of France, it is known to have existed as a distinct breed for over 400 years old and, is thought to be one of the foundation dogs used in developing the Doberman Pinsche. During Napoleonic wars, the dogs were used as war dogs and were in the area of Germany during the time that Herr Doberman was breeding his dog. They are also believed to be a foundation breed for the Louisiana Catahoula Dog.
Beaucerons share many common traits with the Berger de Brie (Briard), which comes from a nearby region of France, and are believed to share a common ancestor. The French routinely refer to the Beauceron as <<Bas Rouge>> (Red Stockings), a reference to the red hue on the legs and feet. It is also called the “Country Gentleman” of France, a reference to its heritage and reserved personality.
The Beauceron constantly moves around a herd of sheep keeping them in a fairly tight bunch so they don’t wonder off. Their fierce loyalty to their family and fearless attitude made the breed ideal for protection of the family, as well.
The Beauceron was used to carry messages and guard prisoners during the Great War (WWI), as well as working to detect mines and perform sentry duty. More recently, “Cara” (O’Cara Bleue de St Sacrement) was awarded the AKC’s Heroic Service Award for search and rescue work at “Ground Zero” following the Spetmber 11th terrorist attacks in New York. Cara (who also skydives with her handler) was featured in the AKC’s Gazette.
Today, beaucerons routinely engage in providing assistance dogs for the disabled, guarding, search and rescue, police work, tracking, agility, and of course as family pets. The Beauceron was admitted to the American Kennel Club in 2007.