Berger Picard Overview
This is thought to be one of the oldest French herding dog breeds. The Berger Picard originated in northern France during the 9th century. This breed was used to herd sheep and cattle and nearly became extinct after World War II. Today, this rare breed is slowly being revived. There are currently only approximately 100 Berger Picard’s in the United States and Canada.
Berger Picard Characteristics
This is a muscular and medium-sized dog breed. The breed has a rugged, yet elegant appearance, a regal demeanor, and a charming nature.
Berger Picard Temperament
This dog breed is not suitable for first-time dog owners. They have a sensitive, yet assertive disposition and is loyal and even-tempered. They do well with children, dogs and other pets, especially those they were raised with. They are alert, hard-working and energetic. The breed does not do well if they are isolated or ignored. This breed is a dedicated protector of their family, livestock and territory.
Berger Picard Care
This dog breed requires minimal grooming. Combing the Berger Picard’s coat is recommended. Bathing tends to damage the weather-proof coat and dry-shampooing will usually suffice. The breed is susceptible to eye infections and hip dysplasia.
Berger Picard Coat
The coat of this breed is rough, of medium-length and weather-resistant. This dog breed has a fine, but dense under coat and is a light shedder.
Berger Picard Training
This dog breed is a quick study. Berger Picards are highly intelligent and eager to learn. These dogs require early socialization and basic obedience training. The dog can be stubborn and moody, so short and varied training sessions are recommended. The breed of dogs do not respond well to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training should be performed with patience, firmness, fairness and consistency.
Berger Picard Activity
The dog breed needs an inordinate amount of physical exercise and stimulation. They are not recommended for apartment living. The Berger Picard does best in a rural setting where there is room to roam and a job to do.