All You Need to Know about Berger Picard Breed

Berger Picard is maybe the oldest among the French Shepherd dog. This breed arrived in Picardy in 800 AD. These dogs were named after the Picardie region in northeastern France. Some experts believe that this breed is associated with the most popular Briard and Beauceron. Others think they share their origins with Dutch and Belgian Shepherd dogs. Berger Picard appeared in the first French dog's show in 1863, but the appearance of the breed did not lead to popularity as a show dog. 

After the two world wars, this breed was almost extinct and is still very rare. There are about 3000 of these dogs in France and about 350 in Germany. This breed is about 1 foot, 9 inches to 2 feet, 1 inch tall at shoulder level. It weighs between 50 and 70 pounds.


It is recommended that one should have some dog ownership experience before getting one of these dogs. Berger Picard has a very sensitive and self-assured temperament. You will find that these dogs are also very loyal and calm. They get along well with kids, dogs, and other animals - especially if they have been raised with them. Berger Picard is a diligent, lively, and alert dog. However, Berger Picard will not do well if they are uncared for - this could lead to destructive behavior. This breed will do well guarding their families, livestock, and their territories.


The Berger Picard coat should be combed or brushed only twice a month, especially during spring and autumn when they are shedding. Their fur should not be washed or trimmed. It can be cleaned off when dirty. It's a very light-shedding breed without a doggie smell.


This breed is very intelligent and very quick to learn. The Berger Picard breed will need obedience and socialization training at an early age. Berger Picard dogs also have a very stubborn streak and can also be very temperamental. Their training session is recommended to be short and diverse to avoid boredom. This breed will not respond positively to cruel or harsh training methods. Training should be done in a fair, patient, and firm manner.

Health problems

Some of Berger Picard's suffer from hip dysplasia, but this is not very common because these dogs are not very heavy. Some puppies will also have eye infections because of the wind and dirt that get into their eyes. When they are over a year old, they will not struggle with this anymore. They also have some genetic eye problems like PRA and R D. Their average life expectancy is between 13 to 14 years.

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