farmers of the last century called this dog a "Pik-haar"
which meant hard hair. Over time the name became Berger Picard
most likely associated with his region of origin. The Berger is still very
rare; only about 3500 Berger Picard exist on the European continent and some 250
The Berger Picard stands between 21 and 25 inches high and
weighs from 50 to 70 pounds; his
life expectancy is approximately 14 years. His
weather proof coat is harsh and crisp, between 2 and 6 inches long,
covering a fine
undercoat. Coat colours range from fawn to black with a wide range of
shade variations including light fawn, dark fawn, grey, grey with
different highlights and brindle.
The Picard is a medium sized dog
characterized by his griffon type coat. He has a hardy but elegant shape,
strong and well built, and possesses an intelligent, alert and lively look.
His ears are
naturally erect, high-set and quite wide at the base. He has thick eyebrows
over dark and expressive eyes. His tail reaches
to the hock and is carried low with a slight J-curve at the tip.
looking dog, the Berger
Picard is a multi-talented dog, energetic and hard working.
He has been primarily bred to
herd sheep and cattle. However, he is also a protective watchdog and
loyal companion. His intelligent and sensitive personality make
him a wonderful family dog. He is very gentle with children if properly
socialized. The Picard has a good disposition for obedience training
although he is known for his stubborn streaks if training gets boring.
He's a good guard dog but not an excessive barker.
flexibility allow him to perform well in agility sports. His sweetness and
intelligence are the qualities for which he is known as a good therapy