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Beauceron, Beauceron


He wouldn't let me take the picture without him. (Rocky posing with a commissioned whippet drum) - he's such a ham when he sees the camera!





Marrok, Rocky, Rock Star turns 1 year old on April 8th (coincidentally also Mbala and my 5 year wedding anniversary!) - it's hard to believe it's been that long! Beaucerons are a slow maturing breed so he's not an 'adult' yet - he's still lanky and gangly and ridiculous, but in much better control of the fact his hind legs are part of his body than ever before.

Catching up on a photo backlog, here's the bum at 6 months old.

He had so much fun once he decided the water wasn't too scary.


Here he is playing security at a dog show I attended last fall.

At that same show, which happened to be a Siberian husky show, one of the show chairs happened to have two beaucerons, one of which he brought with so we could meet him! This is Cyrano, a young adult male.

Another shot of Cyrano. (What a great name for a dog!)

Ok - more Rocky. That is also no way to sit, silly dog.

That... also... cannot be comfortable.

Here he is, 10 months old - enjoying a romp through the snow on our new property.

Even when he's trying to be so good, sometimes the evil just leaks out. (This isn't photoshopped, it's what my phone camera always does to him. Laser devil eyes!)

For an early birthday party this weekend, I gave Rocky a monster bone, which he proceeded to demolish in a ridiculously short period of time. His jaws are made of hyena.

Delicious.

Best birthday party ever!


Noble derpball.

In other news, I've been on quite a cooking spree, experimenting with a ton of different meals I hadn't tried before with wonderful results. I made pierogis from scratch tonight (stuffed with bacon/potato/veggie/cheese mix) that were heavenly and have made all sorts of interesting roasts, soups, and random Czech fusion dishes. I will make some sort of food photo/recipe post soon!
Also, we finally close on the land (after four months of major fussing) this Thursday, so I am holding my breath in excitement. :) I'll finally post some photos of that, since it is now really coming through.

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peachtales
Mar. 30th, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)
Fantastic photos, news and food. I so want some of those pierogis. Mmmmmh.
hbruton
Mar. 30th, 2011 01:34 am (UTC)
What a sweetie!
corvus_animus
Mar. 30th, 2011 01:51 am (UTC)
He so darn cute :3
duncandahusky
Mar. 30th, 2011 01:54 am (UTC)
He is utterly adorable! Great shots of him, too.
lupagreenwolf
Mar. 30th, 2011 01:55 am (UTC)
Cuuuuuute! And such big feet! I love unusual breeds of dog :)
lo8a
Mar. 30th, 2011 05:23 am (UTC)
Out of curiosity, since he is a slow-maturing breed, when will Rocky be neutered or has he been already?
foxfeather
Mar. 30th, 2011 05:39 pm (UTC)
He already has been, we did it around 6 months. We're not going to show him in confirmation and don't plan to breed so figured it was best all around. :)
footpad
Mar. 30th, 2011 05:30 am (UTC)
That is such a handsome lump of dog.
foxfeather
Mar. 31st, 2011 02:00 am (UTC)
Thank you! You make us proud and doting parents blush and preen. ^.^
khirsahdrgn
Mar. 30th, 2011 08:33 am (UTC)
He's very cute!
midwestcougar
Mar. 31st, 2011 01:31 am (UTC)
I wanted to say this earlier today- you have a very beautiful dog. Is he a quick learner? How long did it take to potty-train him? I'd love to see you come out this way (dog included). I am sure that my doggies would love to have visitors, even the four-legged kind. Also, only a suggestion... but I think it would be awesome if his official name was "Rocky Fortune" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rocky_Fortune).
foxfeather
Mar. 31st, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
Thank you! He's a great boy. He's exceptionally quick to learn things - he's very smart and motivated. Potty training was the fastest I've ever experienced - I can count the number of accidents he ever had in the house on one hand and we got him at 8 weeks old. The success was a combination of two big things; the breeder (which I wholeheartedly endorse) kept the puppies outdoors in a large fenced area with their mother and a den for the first weeks of their life - bringing them into the house on field trips for about an hour at a time. That way the dogs NEVER learned to go to the bathroom in the house, but they had plenty of time to explore indoors. Some people fuss and say that dogs need to be raised in a house not in a 'barn' if they are going to be indoor dogs - but I think that is really bunk. Especially when they are teeny tiny they just eat sleep and poop - once they start exploring they dont leave the 'den' a lot yet either - and when they are properly exposed to different house things (vaccuum, normal noises and smells, carpet and lino, stairs, etc.) it doesn't matter that they are aren't around 24/7 - I have never had a puppy have trouble adjusting to our house at all when raised this way. In fact I find they do so much better! Of course you don't want a dog who has never been in a house and was neglected outside when young, but you can't compare those two things, in my opinion! The other factor was that I work from home and we also had a friend living with us when he was young, so we were able to get him outside round the clock every 45 mins or so until he had better bladder control. That way he was always watched and had a routine of going outside. He has never actually pooped in the house, even as a baby - there were a few pee accidents right off the bat but after that he's been super reliable. I think since he never had the chance of carpet/newspapers he just knew to look for grass and that made everything so much easier!
We also took him to puppy classes and now normal obedience - eventually plan to do agility with him. :) He loves to train! He's not an easy dog - the breed is large, super active/athletic, and too smart for their own good - but for someone looking for a challenging shepherd personality, they are fantastic!
We would love to visit sometime - I will let you know if we're ever headed out that way! And of course you are always welcome here :)
I didn't actually plan on his nickname being Rocky - his official name is Marrok (Sir Marrok from Arthurian legend - the knight who was turned into a wolf/werewolf) but Rocky has stuck as his nickname, along with Prince Puppyfeet and Sir Snoofsalot. ;)
midwestcougar
Mar. 31st, 2011 02:44 am (UTC)
Our dogs are all of those things except that they are non-working breed dogs (large/too smart for their own good). I have to say, for the past three years of being around dogs, I have a very big appreciation for large breed dogs. I don't think I would ever raise or adopt another dog that is under 40lbs. Plus, its nice leaving the dogs for 8+ hours and not have to worry about accidents while we are gone.
PS- I love Sir Snoofsalot. Our rottie-mix we sometimes call "Snorty".
jayoen
Apr. 5th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
He is gorgeous! I've never seen a beauceron before! They remind me of dobermans, but with hair that's a little longer, and almost more regal looking?
jayoen
Apr. 5th, 2011 09:25 pm (UTC)
And does he have double dew claws on his back feet? oAo
foxfeather
Apr. 6th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
Yes, the double dewclaws are in the breed standard. Beaucerons are really uncommon (especially in the U.S.) but are a fantastic breed!
jayoen
Apr. 6th, 2011 08:22 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, now I really want one when I move out, I have a soft spot for larger dogs. I'll have to look around and see if I can find (an of course reputable) breeder.

I think that the double dewclaws are super cool! And I love the ears, though I'm assuming they're cropped? I read that they require a bit of a firm hand and a lot of training and socializing as pups, which I would be sure to do :) I just think they're awesome!
foxfeather
Apr. 6th, 2011 08:36 pm (UTC)
I would recommend our breeder, she was great to work with. I've got a link to her page on my site:
There aren't many breeders working with them in the U.S. at all.

I think they are just very different than what most people expect from a dog - I'd highly recommend meeting some and getting to know them. :) They are really intelligent but quite sensitive, and they are quick to step into an authority role if they feel like it's not there in the owners but can't handle the really aggressive handling a lot of people give big dogs (i.e. choke collars, prongs, electric) - they will hold that against you instead of submitting to it.
They are a very primitive breed with more primitive behaviors - I get the feeling that is why they haven't become more popular here. I agree they are awesome dogs and if they're a good fit for you in personality (they are athletic, high energy dogs who need a definite job!) I think you'd just love them. :)
foxfeather
Apr. 6th, 2011 08:38 pm (UTC)
Oops and sorry - here's the link http://foxloft.com/exotics/marrok

Yes, his ears are cropped - some people leave them floppy they are partially erect and kind of houndy that way.
jayoen
Apr. 6th, 2011 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thanks! C:

I'll be sure to keep it in mind about the different collars, I've used choke collars in the past, but only ever for a quick correction. I've never been real aggressive with dogs, firm yes, but not aggressive.

Ahaha well I would like a reason to be more active, lord knows I need it. I've read they're good at agility, which I think is super fun, I'd love doing that with him/her!

I'd probably get the ears cropped, not big on the houndy ears on them for some reason XD
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