|Country of origin:||France|
|Size:||21.5 to 25.5 in tall; 50
to 75 lbs
|Longevity:||13 to 15 years
Picardy has been a cruel place for dogs in the 20th century. Trench warfare in the region in World War I diminished numbers, and the ravages of World War II drove the breed to near extinction. Because it has never gained popularity on the show circuit, the Berger Picard survives primarily on farms in northeastern France. Its thick, weatherproof coat is ideal for the damp climate, while the ease with which it can be obedience trained and its natural inclination to herd and guard sheep make it a reliable but underestimated breed, unfortunately on the verge of extinction.
The Berger Picard is a rare breed of sheepdogs from France. This breed is considered ancient because it was first mentioned in the 9th century. Soon after, these dogs received rightful recognition when the second occurrence of the Celtic invasion occurred. The Berger Picard we know today was delivered to the north France region. From there, farmers from Picardy, France would try to recreate the breed.
These farmers wanted dogs that could work for them with ease and also provide companionship. Then after the world wars occurred, the breed was almost wiped off completely. That was until the 1940s and people began taking interest in rehabilitating the breed. That is exactly what they did.
Although the Berger Picard still does not have much popularity among breeds, especially outside of France. They weren’t even established as a breed in their own country until 1925. Finally in 2016, they received recognition in the U.S. as they joined the AKC. The breed was also featured in a popular 2005 film Because of Winn Dixie.
Berger Picards are working class sheepdogs. They enjoy staying busy and when put up to tasks. They have an energetic state of mind and are very alert. These attributes make it great for them to work with their masters and flocks. They are also observant and not nervous about people they haven’t met yet.
Aside from their daily duties, they are loyal and lively dogs. They can almost be considered “all work, no play” pups, even if they do love playing. They love doing what they are assigned, but can also make a good housepet when acclimated properly. They just prefer the dedication that comes with independent and working toward their doggy goals.
These medium-sized dogs are full of muscle and usually no fat. They can be 22 to 26 inches tall and weigh 51 to 71 lbs heavy.
The Berger Picard’s shaggy coat is composed of wirehair and is meant to protect them from the weather. That’s also a reason why their rough undercoat is dense. Its main purpose is to protect them from the elements that they may get exposed to in their home land.
They can only come in two variations of colors and that is fawn or brindle. Sometimes an additional marking and trim of gray can be seen. They also have a tail that hooks like a “J”.
The handling and grooming of a Berger Picard is fairly simple. You just have to brush them monthly to keep their hair clean from mats. Baths should only be given occasionally and it is acceptable because they don’t really have a doggy odor.
These dogs need an adequate amount of exercise and should be able to run around often. They are easy to train so it is recommended that they take some kind of obedience or agility training courses. It also helps to do so because of the simple fact that socialization is important. They will need the exposure to help them in other areas of their lives, such as being around other dogs.