Did You Know?
The Berger Picard has been assigned the Herding Group designation. They were brought into the FSS program in 2007.
The correct French pronunciation of Berger Picard is bare ZHAY pee CARR. Berger is the French word for shepherd and Picard is the region in France where they are from.
From the April 2014 Board Meeting - The Berger Picard Club of America is the official parent club for the Berger Picard and to accept the Berger Picard into the AKC Stud Book on June 1, 2015. The breed will be eligible to compete in the Herding Group beginning July 1, 2015. There will be an open registry for the breed until July 1, 2020.
From the January 2009 Board Meeting - The Berger Picard was approved to compete in AKC Companion and Performance Events effective July 1, 2009.
The first Berger Picards were shown together in the same class with Beaucerons and Briards in 1863 but it was more than 50 years later in 1925 that the Picard was officially recognized as a breed in France.
Picardy, the region of northern France between Normandy and Paris, was particularly ravaged during both World Wars, which accounts for the scarcity of this local herding breed.
From the February 2012 Board Meeting - The Berger Picard was approved to compete in the Miscellaneous Class effective January 1, 2013.
From the April 2007 Board Meeting - Two new breeds were added to the Foundation Stock Service Program - the Berger Picard and the Swedish Lapphund.
There have been several unsuccessful attempts in the past 20 years to establish the Berger Picard in North America. The current influx of Picards is greatly attributed to the use of the Internet, which provided the means of communication between European breeders and American buyers.
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.
From the October 2011 Board Meeting - The Berger Picard Club of America will serve as the AKC Parent Club to represent the Berger Picard.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
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