AKC PuppyFinder: Berger Picard Puppies
- Breed Traits
- Personality: Lively, alert, even-tempered; protective but never aggressive
- Energy Level: Very Active; Picards are energetic herders, close to their working roots; they enjoy vigorous activity
- Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
- Shedding: Infrequent
- Grooming: Occasional
- Trainability: Eager To Please
- Height: 23.5-25.5 inches (male), 21.5-23.5 inches (female)
- Weight: 50-70 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 12-13 years
- Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
- Breed Description
This hard-working herding dog hails from the farms of France. He will work alongside you enthusiastically and respond well to positive training. The Berger Picard is alert and confident, although he may get a bit stubborn during training. As with any herding dog, he needs lots of exercise to channel all that drive and energy. Berger Picard puppies should be socialized and trained early and you'll be rewarded with a good-natured companion both in the house and outdoors, energetically performing any task you give him.
- History & Job
Year Recognized: 2015
Breed History & Job Description: France remained an agricultural nation long after the Industrial Revolution began in other parts of Europe. And even today, livestock and dairy are integral parts of the French national character. Among the many pasture dogs developed by French shepherds over the centuries, the Picard is thought to be the oldest. This rustic herder was brought to northern France (called Gaul) by invading Celts in the third century b.c. The ravages of two world wars nearly rendered the Picard extinct, but the breed has made a spectacular comeback in recent years.
Berger Picards are generally a healthy breed. 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.
Recommended Health Test from the National Breed Club:
- Hip Evaluation
- Ophthalmologist Evaluation
- Breed Club