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A medium-sized, active and athletic herding dog, the Berger Picard was bred to be a working companion, enthusiastically performing its job while also responding well to training. This breed has a shaggy, wiry topcoat with a short, dense undercoat to produce a weatherproof coat that is overall rough to the touch. The Picards coat comes in shades of fawn with or without gray underlay and trim on the ears as well as brindle. Monthly brushing is necessary to prevent matting, with occasional bathing and hand-stripping of the ears to neaten.

A Look Back

The Berger Picard dates back to the ninth century, when the Celts introduced the breed to northern France. The breed was used to herd cattle and sheep in France for centuries as well as to smuggle contraband tobacco across the French/Belgian border. By the 1900s, the Berger Picard was regarded as its own breed, and its first breed standard was drafted in 1922 followed by breed recognition in France in 1925. Like many other European breeds, the Picard neared extinction after World War II and today remains rare.

Right Breed for You?

The breed, with its stamina and drive, needs daily exercise and mental stimulation. Despite having a stubborn streak, the Picard responds well to positive training and is a good-natured and loyal companion. Their observant nature makes them great watchdogs, and with proper socialization and training they can also become quiet, even-tempered house dogs.

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  • Miscellaneous class; Herding group designation.
  • Ranging in size from 21.5 to 23.5 inches tall at the withers for females and 23.5 to 25.5 inches for males.
  • Herding dog.

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