Picardy Sheepdog

The Berger Picard, also known as the Picardy Shepherd, is one of the oldest and most popular French herding dog breeds. This medium-sized, muscular dog weighs about 50 to 70 pounds and can grow to a height of about 20 to 27 inches. Its high-set ears are naturally erect and quite wide at the base. Its surprisingly thick eyebrows do not shield the beautiful dark eyes. The tail reaches to the hock and curves upwards slightly toward the tip. The thick, waterproof coat is crisp to the touch and comes in a range of colours such as grey red, grey with black highlights, and brindle with a range of shade variations.

History

Believed to be the oldest of the French sheepdogs, the Berger Picard was brought to Pas de Calais and Picardy, France, by the Franks in the 19th century. It derives its name from the Picardy region in north-eastern France. Some dog experts insist that the breed is related to the Beauceron and Briad while others believe that it shares a common origin with the Belgian Shepherd and the Dutch Shepherd.

After the First World War and the Second World War, this breed's population reduced at an alarming rate, explaining why it is still rare up to date. In Germany, there are approximately 300 dogs of this breed while in France, they are approximately 3,000. This dog was officially...

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