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Berger Picard : Encyclopedia of Dog Breeds; Berger Picard Ratings: - Ease of Training: 5 /10 - Intelligence: 7 /10 - Shedding: 1 /10 - Watchdog: 9 /10 - Guard Dog: 8 /10 - Popularity: 2 /10 - Size: 6 /10 - Agility: 10 /10 - Good with Kids: 10 /10 Berger Picard Attributes: Life Expectancy: 13-14 ... Berger Picard


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Berger Picard

Berger Picard

Berger Picard

Berger Picard Ratings:

- Ease of Training: 5/10
- Intelligence: 7/10
- Shedding: 1/10
- Watchdog: 9/10
- Guard Dog: 8/10
- Popularity: 2/10
- Size: 6/10
- Agility: 10/10
- Good with Kids: 10/10

Berger Picard Attributes:

Life Expectancy: 13-14 years
Litter Size: 2-10 (avg. of 6) puppies
Group: Miscellaneous Class
Recognized By: AKC, CKC, FCI, UKC, NKC, APRI, ACR, DRA, NAPR
Color: Fawn or brindle. Fawn may be a clear or true fawn with no dark markings, or fawn charbonne’ (fawn with charcoal), which is fawn with dark trim on the outer edge of the ears and a grey underlay on the head and body. Grey underlay should not be so prominent that it "muddies" the overall fawn color. Brindle may be any shade of base color from almost black to light grey or fawn, with stripes or small patches of black, brown, red, grey, or fawn distributed throughout. All allowed colors should be considered equally. A small white patch on the chest or tips of toes is allowed, but not ideal. Toes entirely white or a white patch anywhere on the body must be faulted. Disqualification - Solid black or white, pied, spotted, or harlequin; entirely white foot or white "bib" on chest.
Hair Length: Medium, Long
Size: Medium , Large
Shedding: Very Lite Shed / Does not shed
Male Height: 21-26 inches (55-66 cm)
Male Weight: 50-70 pounds (23-32 kg)
Female Height: 21-26 inches (55-66 cm)
Female Weight: 50-70 pounds (23-32 kg)
Living Area:
The Berger Picard will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised but generally they are not recommended for apartment living. It is not important how big the yard is, as long as the dog gets enough exercise during the day.
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Complete information about Berger Picard Breed:


Overview :

Berger Picards are also known as Berger de Picard and Picardy Shepherd. These dogs are utilized as cattle and sheep herder in France, its land of origin. This dog that belongs to the French herding breed of dog is distinguished from other types of dog because of its smile. Yes, a Berger Picard really does enchant its owners with its engaging smile! This is attributed to the lively, sensitive and intelligent personality of the dog. This breed is known to have a well developed sense of humor making it a suitable and lively companion. These naturally energetic and hard working dogs would be happiest when they are given a task to do. Because of their protective nature, they make ideal guard dogs. They would form a strong attachment with the human family. Because of their loyalty and sweet tempered nature they would make ideal companions for the children. Beger Picards are inherently intelligent as they are known to react promptly to commands in obedience training. Generally, these dogs are mellow and obedient but there are instances when it would be assertive and would manifest its stubborn streak. Although noted to learn quickly, some specimen would at times show pig headedness and refuse to heed the command. These fits of bad humor must be accepted by the owner as breaking the dog’s will could have detrimental effects to its character. Berger Picards are very sensitive to the voice and an owner training the dog is advised to cajole and sweet talk the dog as a happily given command seem to work best. The owner would need to have time and a good reserve of patience to train this sweet tempered but stubborn animal. A Berger Picard is medium sized, well muscled dog. Although the coat is tousled and scruffy looking the dog still managed to have an elegant appearance. The naturally erect ears are slightly wide at the base. Even though the eyebrows are pretty thick it does not hide the dark jovial ever smiling eyes. Basically, the colors of the coat are fawn and gray with different shade variations. The dog may have white markings on its chest and also on the tip of the toes.

Berger Picard History :

Like any other French shepherd, Berger Picard is said to have originated from the dogs that arrived together with the Celts in Picardy in Northern France and in Pas de Calais in 800 AD. Berger Picard took its name from Picardie Region in the northeastern part of France. This French sheep dog that is considered to be the oldest among all the French shepherd dog is believed to be related to the more famous Briard as the two breeds are very similar in appearance. Others believe that the Berger Picards, Beauceron as well as the Belgian and Dutch shepherds share a common ancestor. All through the middle ages, sheepdogs that have a resemblance to the Berger Picards are portrayed in tapestries and engravings. Wood carvings that illustrate the dog are most common during these times. In 1863, the Berger Picard made its “debut” in the first French dog show. Sadly, because of the dog’s unkempt rustic appearance, it did not gain popularity and was not well accepted as a show dog. However, owners have persistently entered the Picard in dog shows, made the dogs participate in guarding and defense trials and in 1925, the breed was finally recognized in France. Most of the Berger Picards can be found in the farms in the northeastern part of France. Because these areas are heavily ravaged during the 1st and 2nd World War, the breed almost became extinct. It was only in 1940s that rebuilding of the breed was started. Several dog lovers searched Picardy for Berger Picards that will be used to rebuild the breed. To this day, the number of these dogs that are most noted for their smile are still very limited. In France, approximately 3500 dogs are in existence and a little over 500 Berger Picards can be found in Germany. On January 1, 1994, this breed was finally recognized by the United Kennel Club and in April 2007, Berger Picards was included in the Foundation Stock Service list of the American Kennel Club. Presently, about 150 Berger Picards can be found in Canada and in the United States.

Berger Picard Temperament and Character :

Berger Picards are intelligent, highly energetic, loyal and sweet tempered dogs. This breed however also posses varied personalities. It can be very energetic, boisterous and vivacious and yet it can also be very reserve, stubborn and suspicious. A person who has chosen to have this breed of dog should be ready to give the dog constant reassurance as this breed craves attention. Locking the dog in a kennel is a bad idea as this dog would need to be a part of the family, to romp and join in the activities of the kids. In fact these dogs make wonderful nannies as they are sweet tempered and very protective of the kids. Being herding dogs, Berger Picards would require lots of human companionship. This dog can be very demonstrative with the human family and too “enthusiastic” with other smaller pets. This is why socialization and obedience training is very necessary. Berger Picards are hardworking dogs. They have this excessive desire to work and nothing would make them so happy than the master’s praise and recognition for the task done. Berger Picards would be suitable pets and companions for energetic master who love the outdoors. Being working dogs, they would love to be exercised. In fact, exercise should be included in the dog’s routine as a leashed and bored Berger Pecard would manifest destructive behavior. These dogs would make suitable jogging and biking companions as they would revel in strenuous activities. Although more accustomed to living outdoors, Berger Picards would do well in an apartment building with a moderately sized yard as long as the dog is given sufficient exercise everyday. Always wanting to be with the human family, the dog would prefer to be inside the home. Fortunately, these dogs are pretty quiet inside the house and would be content to lie down at the foot of the master. These dogs however, would have stubborn fits. Some specimens like to bark and this could be a problem especially if the owner is living in an apartment or if the residence is surrounded by neighbors.

Berger Picard Health Care :

Berger Picards are a fairly rare breed so there is almost no reported health issues but some potential health problems can be "elbo and hip displasia" and Progressive Retinal Atrophy aka PRA.

Berger Picard Grooming :

This breed does not require much special attention. Comb and brush the thick waterproof coat only about once or twice a month, if possible only during the shedding season (spring and autumn for a couple of days); don't wash or trim the fur, just clean it off when dirty. They shed a little and do not have a doggy smell thus bathing is not really necessary.It is not advisable to trim the fur apart from the hair on the area of the ears.

Berger Picard Training :

Berger Picards are Highly intelligent and quick to learn, they require early socialization and basic obedience training. This breed tends to be stubborn and moody. Short and varied sessions are recommended. Berger Picard's do not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with patience, firmness, fairness, and consistency.

Berger Picard Activity and Exercise :

Berger Picards need plenty of exercise 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.

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