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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 2024 it will be V, and in 2025 it starts over with A, as you can see in the chart.

Information and graphic curtesy of Vaillant Feu Beaucerons.

Journée information compiled from:

Club les Amis du Beauceron

Working Beauceron Association

American Cotations

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. The dog should be presented in its natural stance and should not be hand stacked in any way. Morphology is based on eight sections:

  1. The Head

  2. The Topline

  3. The Underline

  4. Fore Limbs

  5. Hind Limbs

  6. Tail

  7. Coat

  8. Movement

Rankings for Puppies (Age 4-12 Months):

  • Disqualified

  • Assez Prometteur

  • Prometteur

  • Tres Prometteur

Rankings for Adults (Age 12+ Months):

  • Disqualified

  • Bon

  • Tres Bon

  • Excellent

  • Excellent +

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 and the dog. The dog’s collar is removed and replaced by a new one by the judge (neutral non-choke 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 judge then scans the dog for his microchip or checks his tattoo. 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

Type

Should a dog receive an Excellent+ in Morphology and an Excellent in Temperament, they will move on to complete a group gun shot, then 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):

  • Bébé (4-6 months)

  • Puppy (6-9 months)

  • Juene (9-18 months)

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Adult Classes

  • Intermédiaire (15-24 months)

  • Ouverte (15+ months)

  • Travail (15+ months plus original working certification)

  • Vétéran (8+ years)

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

  • Altered (+15 months and sexually altered)

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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.

Points worksheets must be completed for each dog being represented for the specialty classes.​

Cotation 1 - Confirmé 

Dog is confirmed by a judge and the results are recorded.

Cotation 2 - Premier Choix

  1. Subject Confirmed

  2. 1 TB or EXC in Journée in Morphology

  3. 1 EXC in Journée in Temperament OR Passed the CSAU or PT/JHD before 18 months of age

  4. Passing Rating of Hip Dysplasia (pre-lim acceptable)

Cotation 3 - Excellent

  1. Subject Confirmed

  2. 1 EXC in Morphology at Journée

  3. 1 EXC in Temperament Test at Journée

  4. Plus 1 TB or EXC in Morphology at an additional Journée

  5. Verifiable Title or Working Certification

  6. Official Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Ratings showing no signs of dysplasia

Cotation 4 - Recommandé

Additional classes during Journée required

  1. Subject Confirmed

  2. 1 EXC+ overall score at a Journée

  3. 1 EXC or EXC+ overall score at a Journée

  4. Verifiable Title or Working Certification

  5. Dysplasia rating of Good or Excellent for Hips, Normal rating for Elbows.

  6. Group gun shot at a Journée

  7. Final Selection at a Journée

Cotation 5 - Elite B

  1. Confirmed subject having produced in 1st generation:
    Males: 8 listed descendants including two cotation 4s and six cotation 2s between a minimum of 2 litters, maximum of 6 litters.
    Females: 5 listed descendants including two cotation 4s and three cotation 3s in a minimum of 2 litters.

  2. Genetic identification (DNA submitted to AKC)

  3. Genetic Compatibility with Descendants (Confirmed via Embark, DNA, or Certified Pedigree)

  4. Dysplasia Rating of Excellent or Good for Hips, Normal Rating for Elbows

Cotation 6 - Elite A

  1. Recommandé subject having produced in 1st generation:
    Males: 12 listed descendants including three cotation 4s and eight cotation 2s between a minimum of 2 litters, maximum of 6 litters.
    Females: 7 listed descendants including three cotation 4s and four cotation 3s in a minimum of 2 litters.

  2. Genetic identification (DNA submitted to AKC)

  3. Genetic Compatibility with Descendants (Confirmed via Embark, DNA, or Certified Pedigree)

  4. Dysplasia Rating of Excellent or Good for Hips, Normal Rating for Elbows

Translated & Based from Le Club des Amis du Beauceron

Adopted by the Working Beauceron Association (11.16.2022)

A rating system similar to the parent club in France where it will be easy for fanciers to understand how a Beauceron has rated in exhibition with French judges by viewing its displayed cotation.

What is a Journee?

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. The below information has been borrowed from the Working Beauceron Association and displays their rules and regulations for Journee evaluations. 

WBA Journee Rules and Regulations

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