The origin of the Berger Picard dog breed was in France during the Roman Era and is the most ancient of all the French sheepdogs.
Berger Picard Breed Group and Dog Type - Herding Dog Group: The Berger Picard is one of the many breeds of dogs that belong to the Herding Dog Group.
Other names for the Berger Picard: The Berger Picard is known by the nickname of the "Picard". Other names for this breed of dog include the Bacardi Shepherd, Picardy Shepherd and Berger de Picard.
Origin of the name: The origin of the name "Berger Picard" derives from the French word 'Berger' which is an occupational name for a shepherd. The word 'Picard' is taken from Picardy, a historical region of northern France, where the breed originated.
Berger Picard History and Origin: The country of origin of the Berger Picard breed was in France during the back to the Roman Era (27 BC-476 AD) and is believed to be the oldest of all the French sheepdogs. The ancestors of the Berger Picard were the Roman sheepdogs brought to Gaul (France) and adopted by the Celtic Gauls.
Prick eared sheepdogs resembling the Berger Picard have been depicted for centuries in engravings and tapestries. A famous illustration is in the Livre de chasse (Book of the Hunt) written between 1387 and 1391 by Gaston Phoebus, Count of Foix, entitled Chien de Ferme or farm dogs.
The Berger Picard breed was exported to other European countries and, quite a few years later to the United States of America, but it was over 40 years later, in 1925, that the Berger Picard was officially recognized as a breed in France. The Berger Picard was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 2015.
Berger Picard Modern History: The modern history of the Berger Picard moved on and the sociable breed is now used as a family pet that makes a good playmate for children. The Berger Picard has featured in several movies including 'Daniel and the Superdogs' (2004), then as the mischievous dog in the 2005 movie 'Because of Winn Dixie' and in the 2007 movie 'Are We Done Yet?'.
Berger Picard Height: The Berger Picard breed is classified as a large sized dog. The height to the shoulder of a male dog is 24-26 inches (60-65 cm). The height to the shoulder of a female dog is 22-24 inches (55-60 cm).
Berger Picard Weight: Not surprisingly for a large sized dog, the weight of a male dog is 51-71 lbs (23-32 kg). The weight of the smaller female dog is 51-71 lbs (23-32 kg).
Berger Picard Coat Type: The coat type is described as medium, wiry, shaggy coat. The term "Wire" refers to coarse hair.
Berger Picard Coat Colors: The colors of this dog breed include gray, fawn colors.
Berger Picard Grooming - LOW Grooming Needs: The grooming needs of the Berger Picard are categorized as Low in order to maintain a healthy, tangle-free coat and reduce the risk of skin infections. The limited grooming needs of the Berger Picard are considered to be low maintenance, requiring limited attention to grooming where brushing and combing, is concerned. Grooming Requirements should include bathing the dog on a monthly basis and making regular inspections of the nails, teeth, eyes and ears.
Berger Picard Litter Size: The litter size of this dog breed ranges from 2 - 10 puppies. Berger Picard puppies for sale can be obtained reputable breeders and from rescue centers. The cost of Berger Picard puppies varies depending on location, pedigree history and the dog breeder.
Berger Picard Temperament and personality: The temperament and personality of this popular dog breed is described as Fun-loving, Lively, Assertive, Intelligent and Self-assured.
Berger Picard Exercise Requirements - HIGH Exercise Requirements: The exercise requirements of this breed of dog is high. The Berger Picard requires regular daily exercise consisting of approximately one to two hours each day. This large, powerful dog has a supple, elegant, fluid gait with strides of a moderate length and requires a brisk walking speed or jogging by the owner to meet the dogs exercise requirements.
Berger Picard Diet: A fully grown Berger Picard should be fed twice a day. A diet consisting of a premium dog food can be balanced with fresh food eaten by the family. The question is What Can Dogs Eat?. Check out our comprehensive list of what dogs can and what dogs cannot eat.
Berger Picard Health Problems: Potential health problems of the Berger Picard breed include Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA), Hip dysplasia. Resolving health problems can prove to be expensive and it is always wise to obtain pet insurance or dog health insurance when buying a dog. Is the Berger Picard dog breed said to be Hypoallergenic? Answer: No.
Berger Picard Lifespan: The life expectancy of dogs vary according to the size, breed of dog and any serious health problems. The typical lifespan of the Berger Picard breed is 12 to 15 years.
Berger Picard Male Dog Names: Male Dog names are most often chosen to reflect favorite names of the owner or the strength, size, coloring and country of origin of the Berger Picard breed. To give you some inspiration regarding good male Berger Picard names our small selection might be of help with naming boy dogs. Out top male dog names are: Maxime *** Jules *** Enzo *** Damien *** Benoit *** Dorian *** Xavier *** Cyril *** Gabriel *** Mathis.
Berger Picard Female Dog Names: Female Dog names tend to be softer, prettier and reflect the temperament of the girl dog. Our top choice of good female Berger Picard names are Margaux *** Camille *** Marine *** Clara *** Laurine *** Fanny *** Sophie *** Morgane *** Coco *** Lola.