Thinking about purchasing a Berger Picard? Then read our breed profile including a brief description, information on height, weight, color, coat, temperament, grooming, activity and history. Purchasing a new puppy is a commitment that may last ten or more years so please educate yourself on the Berger Picard breed, including all stages of their life from puppy hood to older dog.
Ask yourself will I be a good owner? Do I have the time it takes to train a new puppy? Do I have the resources to give my new dog a rewarding life. Do I have a local veterinarian that I can take my new dog to? Do I have a groomer or can I do the grooming myself on a regular basis. Fundamental requirements for a being a good Berger Picard owner;
Before making a purchase talk to the breeder, ask them many questions about their dogs and the breed in general. A good breeder will teach you about the Berger Picard and they will have many questions for you about your home and life style and if this breed is suited for you and your family.
Questions you may want to ask an Berger Picard Breeder:
It is recommended that you sign a contract with the breeder so that there will be no misunderstandings on the arrangements made. Then bring home your new Berger Picard and enjoy as "there is no greater love then a dog's devotion."
Berger Picard Breed Profile
A rare breed, the Berger Picard (pronounced Bear-zhay Pee-carr) was the star dog of the film, Because of Winn-Dixie. Berger Picards, or the Picardy Shepherd, first made itself known in France as a guarder of flocks. Often thought to be a mutt, Berger Picards are quite the opposite as they are thought to be the oldest known French breed. Berger de Picards are known in France to be the best worker with sheep and cattle alike. Picardy Shepherds are closely related to that of the Briards and Beaucerons, also from France. Few specimens of this breed are found in the United States, but receive high praise from their original country. They are rowdy when they play, are hard workers, and require a lot of human companionship as well as exercise. Berger Picards have naturally upright ears, are all shades of gray and fawn, and have a scruffy looking appearance. Their rustic look is often mistaken for being a mixed breed. They are medium sized dogs who enjoy children, are intelligent and independent in mind. They are a strong, hard working dog that tends to be vocal. The best owner for the Berger de Picard would be an active, dog-experienced owner in a rural home.
Other Names: Berger de Picard, Picardy Shepherd
Type: Herding Dog
21.5 - 24 inches.; Males: 24 - 26 inches.
Shepherds have the range of gray and fawn in their fur, and white sometimes
appears on their chest and toes.
Picardy is affectionate, energetic, good with children and a working dog. They
are active, friendly, intelligent and tend to be vocal. They require human companionship,
are rowdy at play, and remain alert and brave in the face of intruders. The
Berger Picard is a reliable dog that often has a sense of humor.
Berger Picard Care and Training:
The tousled outer coat does not require much special care, as it does not mat.
This creates the rustic look the Berger maintains. The most one could do for
their coat is to brush it regularly. Fur around the eyes should be maintained
in order to keep the Picardy's eyesight available.
Activity: Medium. Indoors,
the Picardy is quiet and patient, longing to be near its master. Outside, they
are working dogs designed for herding and need a lot of exercise and space to
run. Exercise should be a regular part of this dog's routine. Walks, swimming,
running beside a bike or using them as jogging buddies would be ideal exercises.
Berger Picard's excel in agility and tracking sports.
Berger Picard Health Issues: The Berger de Picard is a fairly healthy breed, as it has not been over-bred and is fairly rare. Possible health concerns include hip and elbow dysplasia and PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy).
Life Span: 12 - 14 years
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
Berger Picards are not yet recognized by the AKC. First recognizes
by the UKC in 1994.
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