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.
Depending on the size of your dog as an adult you are going to want to feed them a formula that will cater to their unique digestive needs through the various phases of their life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and giant breeds. Berger Picards are a large breed.
What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.
A little hand-stripping around the ears will help them stay neat looking. Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep them clean and looking their best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.
Due to his stamina and drive he will need regular exercise. While they respond well to positive training and respond well to training, they also can be stubborn when training. Despite their heritage as a working dog, they can be trained to be an excellent house companion. Overall they will be a good-natured, quiet and well-tempered canine friend for the family.
Berger Picard &HEALTH
Like all breeds there may be some health issues. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Berger Picards are healthy dogs.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own as Berger Picards can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.