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Berger Picard

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Berger Picard

The Berger Picard (Pronounced ber-ZHAY pee-CAR)(aka Picardy Shepherd) is a medium sized, muscular dog with a harsh outer coat that is crisp to the touch and a soft and dense undercoat. The skull is broad and slightly domed and is covered with harsh-textured hair. The hair above the eyes falls forward, forming rough eyebrows that are neither trimmed nor obscuring to the eyes. The nose is black and the oval eyes are brown. The ears are large, set high and always carried naturally erect. The teeth should meet in a scissor-like bite. The neck is long and strong and the topline is straight. The toes are well-arched with firm pads and dark nails. Dewclaws should be removed. The bushy tail is a natural extension of the topline. It is thick at the base and tapers to a tip. The bottom of the tail forms a hook shaped like the letter "J".

Temperament The Berger Picard needs a well-balance owner who can give this breed the constant reassurance that they need every day. They need to be near their family and should never be locked in a kennel. If this breed is well socialized at an early age, they will get along well with children, friends and strangers. If raised with other non-canine pets, they will do just fine. Some lines in this breed are very vocal. They learn quickly but can be a bit stubborn and moody. They are very sensitive to the voice and do best with cheerful commands. They are not normally dog aggressive. With patience, you can have a pet that is alert, loyal and sweet-tempered.
Height, Weight Height: up to 21-26" ; Weight: 50-70 lbs.
Health Problems Some are prone to hip dysplasia, PRA (Progressive Retinal Atrophy), and RD (Retina dysplasia).
Living Conditions The Berger Picard will do okay living in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. Inside, the Picard is a quiet dog, waiting for its time to go out to run, play and sniff around. It will do okay if it is left alone for a period of time during the day. Some owners take their Picards to work with them and find that they will lay quietly under a table or desk waiting for their time to go outside or for a walk.
Exercise This breed needs lots of daily exercise. They enjoy swimming, running by your bike, or being a jogging companion. They do not do well in competitions because they are not consistent.
Life Expectancy About 13-14 years
Grooming Only comb and brush their thick waterproof coat about once or twice a month. Groom a little more often during the shedding season (spring and autumn). Do not wash or trim the fur. Simply wipe off when it gets dirty. They are light shedders and have no doggie odor.
Origin The Berger Picard is one of the oldest of all French shepherds and was named for the Picardie region in northeastern France. Some believe that they come from Briards and Beaucerons, while others give credit to the Dutch and Belgian Shepherds. After two World Wars, they became nearly extinct and are still considered rare. There are less than 3000 dogs in all of France. The Berger de Picard was used in the movie "Because of Winn Dixie". This breed was recognized by the UKC in 1994 and has been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®.
Group Herding