Berger Picard – Top 10 Interesting Facts

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Also known as the Picardy Shepherd, the Berger Picard dog breed is thought to be the oldest of the French sheepdogs.
There are TOP 10 interesting facts about Berger Picard.

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1) Origin
The Berger Picard, named for the Picardie region in northeast France, is one of the oldest French breeds of sheep-herding dogs. Some scholars believe the breed was introduced by the Celts, while others claim it is descended from dogs of Asian tribes who invaded Europe in the Middle Ages. Some experts insist that this breed is related to the more well-known Briard and Beauceron, while others suppose it shares a common origin with Dutch and Belgian Shepherds.

2) Appearance
The Berger Picard is a medium-sized, well-muscled dog, slightly longer than tall, with a distinctive rough coat, erect ears, and a natural tail that normally reaches to the hock and is carried with a slight J-curve at the tip. The Berger Picard should be evaluated as a working sheep-herding dog, and exaggerations or faults should be penalized in proportion to how much they interfere with the dog’s ability to work.
3) Ears
The Picard has large, naturally upright ears. The ears may droop while a puppy is teething, but they will regain their erect appearance once the permanent teeth are in.

4) Training
The Berger Picard requires a firm, consistent, confident, gentle trainer who exudes a natural authority. The Berger Picard is sensitive to the sound of your voice so it is not necessary to be harsh with them.

5) Movie Star
Berger Picards can be seen in three current movies, “Because of Winn Dixie,” “Daniel and the Superdogs,” and “Are We Done Yet?” but Picards are often mistaken for another canine actor, the Wirehaired Portuguese Podengo Medio, another scruffy looking rare breed. 
6) Personality
These sheepdogs with their smart, sensitive, and assertive nature are considered a delightful companion. Thanks to their cheerful and devoted personality, they make wonderful playmates for kids in the family.
7) Around Strangers
Although they are reserved towards strangers, they get along well with small pets and cats in the household. Alert to their surroundings, these dogs can be trained to be a good watchdog.

8) Excercise
Lots of exercise is required for this breed, including a long daily walk. It will enjoy swimming, running beside your bike, and a nice long walk. The Berger Picard makes an excellent jogging companion. Enrolling it in obedience class or in an agility skills class is an excellent way to keep it happy. They do not do well in competition because they find it almost impossible to perform consistently.

9) Hugs
Picards like to give hugs, and they can get physical in the process. If you’re not prepared for 50 to 70 pounds of dog to jump up and wrap his paws around you, it can be a shock. Some people are floored by the experience — literally. Teaching a Picard to give hugs only when asked is probably a good idea, especially if he will be around young children or seniors.

10) Grooming
The Berger Picard is a low maintenance dog. The rough, tousled coat can mat if not brushed on a regular basis (once every other week) but the coat does not require special care to yield its rustic appearance. Bathing is rarely done. Their fur should never be trimmed except possibly hand-stripping the ears.


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