No Cotation

The dog has not been confirmed.

1 - Confirmé

The dog has been confirmed to not have any disqualifying faults and meets the minimum standard for the Beauceron breed.

2 - Reconnu

The dog has been confirmed and has completed:

Tres Bon or Excellent in JB, RE
or NE
+
Either
Excellent in Test de Caractére
OR
APTE or CANT passed between 12 and 18 months
+
Hip Dysplasia Evaluation

+

Genetic Identification

3 - Sélectionné

The dog has been confirmed and has completed:

Either
1 Excellent in Morphology at the RE or NE
+
Excellent in Test de Caractére 
OR
1 Tres Bon in Morphology at RE or NE
+
Complete the scores below under 2 different judges:
Excellent in French Ring or Mondioring
(240/300), Campagne
280/350), IGP
(240 points), Tracking (level 3), Herding (level 2), Excellent in Utility research (level 2) or Search & Rescue level B

In addition to:

Hip Dysplasia Rating A or B 

+

Genetic Identification

4 - Recommend​é

The dog has been confirmed and has completed:
Either
1 Excellent+ in Morphology

+

1 Excellent Test de Caractére at NE
OR
1 Excellent in Morphology in NE
+
Complete the scores below under 2 different judges:

Excellent in French Ring or Mondioring (240/300), Campagne (280/350), IGP (240 points), Tracking (level 3), Herding (level 2), Excellent in Utility research (level 2) or Search & Rescue level B
In addition to:

Participates in Group Gun Shot
+
Participates in the Final Selection
+

Hip Dysplasia Rating A or B 

+

Genetic Identification

5 - Elite B

The dog is Recommend​é and has produced in 1st generation:
Male: 8 rated descendants including 2 Recommend​é and 6 Sélectionné from at least 2 different bitches but no more than 6 different bitches. 

Female: 5 descendants rated including 2 Recommend​é and 3 Sélectionné in at least 2 litters.
+
Parentage Verified via Genetic Identification

6 - Elite A

The dog is Recommend​é and has produced in 1st generation:
Male: 8 rated descendants including 2 Recommend​é and 6 Sélectionné from at least 2 different bitches but no more than 6 different bitches. 

Female: 5 descendants rated including 2 Recommend​é and 3 Sélectionné in at least 2 litters.
+
Parentage Verified via Genetic Identification

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Where it all began

French Traditions

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Journée du Beauceron

naming Tradition

​For almost a century, the French registry for dogs (SOCIÉTÉ CENTRALE CANINE​) has followed a system for naming that makes it easy to determine the age of a dog by its registered name. The first name begins with the designated letter for the year, followed by the kennel name (some kennel names may proceed the letter but in France, it is almost always a suffix). Over the years, the letters K, Q, W, X, Y and Z were eliminated because it was difficult to find French names beginning with them. Every 20 years the alphabet starts over.

While there are no similar naming rules for registering dogs in the United States, many Beauceron breeders and owners choose to follow the French tradition. For 2023, it will be U. For 2024 it will be V. In 2025, it starts over with A, as you can see in the chart.

Information and graphic curtesy of Vaillant Feu Beaucerons.

What is a Journée?

The Journée is a French Style conformation and temperament evaluation of the Beauceron breed to ensure breeders and owners in North America are furthering the breed in the direction that most aligns with the parent Beauceron club in France.
The Working Beauceron Association brings certified French judges over every year to evaluate our Beaucerons in hopes that we gain a better understanding of the type of Beaucerons being produced in North America. The Journée also gives Beauceron fanciers an opportunity to come together to celebrate the breed every year by participating in the French evaluation, participating in the working trials, or just conversing with other Beauceron owners.

1  —

Morphology

​During this section of the French exam, each dog is measured and evaluated individually for its overall structural conformation. The measurements are taken to ensure correct proportions as outlined in the Beauceron breed standard. Morphology is based on eight sections:

  • The Head

  • The Topline

  • The Underline

  • Fore Limbs

  • Hind Limbs

  • Tail

  • Coat

  • Movement

Rankings for Morphology include:​

  • Disqualified

  • Bon

  • Tres Bon

  • Excellent

  • Excellent +

2  —

Temperament

The temperament test is designed to see how well each dog reacts to certain stimuli as is appropriate for the breed. 

Enter the Testing Area:

The secretary greets the exhibitor, verifies the identity of the dog and checks his microchip or tattoo. The dog’s collar is removed and replaced by a new one (neutral buckle collar and used by all testing dogs), attached to a long line. Instructions are given to the handler while the judge observes the dog’s reaction and behavior and evaluates its sociability.

Gunshots:

The dog and handler are asked to walk away toward one end of the testing area. A single shot is fired in the air at a minimum distance of 65 feet while the pair has its back to the judge. When the handler and his/her dog reach the far end of the testing area, they turn to face the judge and another gunshot is fired in the air. Should the dog’s reaction be somewhat unclear, it is possible the judge may fire one or more shots. The purpose of this exercise is to evaluate the dog’s sound sensitivity and behavioral reactivity. This exercise is only available to dogs 12 months of age and older.

Threat with a Stick:

The judge then walks toward the dog and handler. When he is at about 6 feet away from the pair, the judge threatens the dog with the stick, swinging a three-foot stick in a downward fashion. The threat takes place only once the dog is aware of the presence of the judge and not less than 6 feet away. Should the dog react with fear, the judge will not put any more pressure on the dog. However, in case, the dog’s reaction is not clear to the judge, it is possible that he may pretend to attack the handler thus getting a positive reaction from the dog. The purpose of this exercise is to evaluate the courage of the dog.

The dog and handler return to the starting point where the judge interacts with the team. The dog is expected to have recovered from the test and will allow the judge to approach him and the handler. The collar and leash used for the test are removed and after the dog is fitted back to his own collar and leash, the handler and their dog leave the judge’s station. The sociability of the dog is evaluated during the entry and exit of the testing area.

 

At no time during the testing is the handler allowed to correct or talk to the dog. The purpose of the test is to evaluate the innate qualities of the dog’s temperament: his sociability, his sensitivity, and his courage. These three simple exercises are set up in a way that is not traumatizing to the animal, yet still, give a good indication of the steadiness of temperament that is required in a good Beauceron.

Rankings for Temperament include:

  • Disqualified

  • Bon

  • Tres Bon

  • Excellent

3 —

Type

Should a dog receive an Excellent in Morphology and an Excellent in Temperament, they will move on to compete against each other in the classes. This is similar to standard conformation competitions except only the most excellent dogs are allowed to compete. At no point may dogs be hand stacked, all dogs must stand freely and naturally. Dogs are divided into classes and genders and are as follows:

Puppy (does not require temperament testing):

  • Baby (4-6 months)

  • Puppy (6-9 months)

  • Young (9-18 months)

Adult:​

  • Intermediate (15-24 months)

  • Open (15+ months)

  • Working (15+ months plus original working certification *see here for more info*)

  • Veteran (8+ years)

  • Champion (must be a recognized champion in work or conformation)

Specialty Classes:

  • Breeders - At least 3 but no more than 5 dogs, male or female, produced from the same breeder already entered in individual classes. Ranking will be given to the breeder based on the homogeneity and overall breed type of the group as a whole.

  • Producer - A male or female dog accompanied by a minimum of 3 but no more than 5 of their 1st generation decedents already entered in individual classes. Ranking will be given to the Producer based on the homogeneity and overall breed type of the group as a whole.

Breeder and Producer groups need to have at least 3 subjects present at the show so that the owner can register a Breeder or Producer group.

 

These groups will be judged on the results obtained by the dogs composing them and will be presented to the judge, taking into account the titles actually acquired on the following bases:
TYPE:
Excellent in Morphology…………..……………… 10 Pts
Tres Bon in Morphology………..……….……….... 5 Pts
Excellent Character Test...……………………..…. 10 Pts
Tres Bon Character Test…………………...………. 5 Pts
Bonuses:AKC/CKC/FCI CH……………...……….. 5 Pts
Elite A or B ……………………………....…………. 20 Pts
COT 4 ……………….…………………….…………. 8 Pts
WORKING:
BREVET in RING - MONDIORING – IGP - TRACKING  ……...…. 5 Pts
For these same disciplines, for levels higher than the BREVET….. 10 pts

SAR Certification ………………………….……….. 10 pts
HERDING:
Tests ………………..………................……………… 5 Pts
Level 1-3 ……………………………...……………... 10 Pts
Herding Champion Title………………......……….. 20 Pts
In each discipline, only the highest level is taken into account.

Specialty Class point sheets can be requested from the Journée Committee.

Awards are given to the winning dog in each category for each gender. In addition, there will be a Best Puppy, Best of Opposite in Journée, and Best in Journée.

Journée information compiled from:

Club les Amis du Beauceron

Working Beauceron Association

Abbreviations:

JB - Journee du Beauceronne

RE - Regionale d'Elevage

NE - Nationale d'Elevage

CANT - Certificat d'Aptitudes Naturelles au Troupeau

For cotations 3 and 4, the qualifications must be obtained on the same day in RE or NE (NE only for quotation 4).
For all dogs who obtain a 2-4 rating or a champion title for which genetic identification is required, the DNA must be registered in the SCC database. For all dogs who obtain a rating of 5 or 6, the genetic compatibility of the descendants must be registered in the SCC database as well as the DNA of the dog.

For all ratings above a Cotation 1, the dog must be certified free of hip dysplasia (Dysplasia A or Dysplasia B). Cotation 5 and 6 are based on the offspring of the dog (descendants). For a dog to receive a Cotation 5 or 6, the dog must also be certified free of hip dysplasia.

The first year dogs were required to have their hips certified was 1977 and that was for Cotation 4 only. Beginning in 1980 Elite A and B dogs (Cotation 5 & 6) were also required to be hip certified. Up through 1984 Dys C or mild dysplasia was an acceptable hip rating. As of 1985, only Dys A and Dys B ratings are accepted. It was not until 1996 that dogs had to get their hips tested and be free of hip dysplasia for Cotations 2 and 3. Prior to 1996, dogs earning a Premier Choix or Excellent (Cotation 2 & 3) were not required to have hip x-rays.

Cotation 5 and 6 can be awarded to a dog even after the dog is no longer living.

The Cotations Table was last updated and approved by the CAB on 9/1/2020.

English translation provided by Caitlin Bailey.

Source Information:

Club Les Amis du Beauceron

About Beaucerons

Cotations

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