Berger Picard FCI Standard
The Berger Picard proved to be very effective in its herding and driving duties so it was primarily used by farmers and shepherds in Northern France. It was also oftentimes assigned to guard a livestock from such dangers as wild animals and looters. Gradually this dog spread beyond its place of origin and was periodically portrayed on pieces of art from the whole France. It was bred exclusively for working abilities and it wasn’t designated for the role of a show dog.
However the Berger Picard was exhibited at the very first French Dog Show in 1863 but received recognition as a distinct breed only in 1925. In the wake of two World Wars French economy virtually laid in ruins. Most of native breeds were at hazard of complete disappearance. Fortunately the population of the Berger Picard suffered at a lesser extent because it continued serving local farmers during war times and it was also utilised by the military people.
Thanks to its robustness and excellent character of the Berger Picard it quickly restored its previous number. It’s still viewed as rare breed but its long-term well-being is pretty secured. The dog enjoys the growing popularity in its homeland and over time it will definitely win hearts of dog’s lovers in other countries. The United Kennel Club (UKC) granted its recognition to the Berger Picard in 1995. And in 2013 the breed was provisionally accepted by the American Kennel Club (AKC).
In most cases this dog remains indifferent and wary in the presence of strange people. It decisively requires serious training to learn the basic rules of behaviour in human society. The Berger Picard is renowned for its protectiveness and it usually makes a wonderful personal guardian, which will without a shadow of doubt sacrifice its own life for the sake of its family. Thanks to its vigilance it will make a fabulous watchdog. The breed will also reliably guard your house but it will apply to violence only as the last resort.
The Berger Picard isn’t predisposed to canine-aggression but it should be socialised with other dogs. The breed is able to co-exist peacefully with one or several other canines but it would rather prefer to live as a solely dog. As a herding dog the Berger Picard is pretty accepting of other species of animals including a household cat. Nonetheless it’s worth to remember that it may exhibit substantial prey drive when things concern stray cats or other unfamiliar animals.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• elbow dysplasia;
• eye problems.
The handler should earn the dog’s obedience by a firm but somewhat gentle treatment. This breed learns much faster if motivated with plenty of foods incentives and mild encouragements. The Berger Picard doesn’t respond well to training techniques, which are based on offences and physical abuse.
The breeds’ energetic temperament and natural inquisitiveness makes it an outstanding companion dog for families who prefer active lifestyle. The Berger Picard should never be treated as a couch potato since without appropriate amount of exercise it will turn into destructive, disobedient, fidgety and aggressive animal.