Berger Picard

Herding Group

Berger Picard dog lying down in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 21.5-23.5 in, Males 23.5-25.5 in

Weight

50-70 lbs

Life Expectancy

12-13 yrs

History

The origins of the Berger Picard (pronounced "bare-zhay pee-carr") are not completely clear, but it is widely accepted that they are a very old breed, perhaps the oldest French shepherd breed. It is believed that they might have been brought to northern France in the 9th century by the Franks. Their name comes from the region of France that they are home to: Picardy. Some experts believed that The Berger Picard is closely related to the Briard and Beauceron.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Berger Picards will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★★

★★☆☆☆

★★★☆☆

★★★★★

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★☆☆☆

★☆

★☆

Intelligence

★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★☆☆


Exercise Needs

★★★★★


Energy Level


Sensitivity

★★★★★


Noise Level

☆☆☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆

Common Traits

Goofy, friendly, and love to make people laugh

Very sensitive and can easily pick up on emotions, even from the tone of your voice

Happiest when they are given a job to perform and may become destructive if not given sufficient mental stimulation or exercise

Make great watchdogs and are initially skeptical of strangers

Like to give "hugs" which might knock down a small child or unprepared recipient