Berger Picard Dog Breed Profile
by Luke Blaise
Berger Picard Dog
Breeds Not AKC Approved
The Berger Picard dog is a ancient French dog breed used for herding sheep. A very intelligent dog, they make a great pet for a family. It's a medium-sized dog, that is very active and requires lots of exercise. These dogs have a life expectancy of about 14 years.
The Berger Picard dog is known for the Picardie area in northeastern France. Some specialists believe that this breed is related to a the more famous Beauceron and Briard breeds. Although some accept it shares origins with Belgian Shepherds and Dutch. However the dog came out at the very first French dog show in the year 1863.
The Berger dog is well-muscled. A bit lengthier than tall having an unsettled yet classy look. Their climate-resistant coat is tough and nippy to touch, not too much of an undercoat. The colors of the coat include blue-grey, grey, grey-black, red-grey, and darker or light fawn. The height around 21.5-26 inches and the weight around 50-70 pounds.
Berger Picards are lively and diligent, alert, devoted and pleasant-tempered with kids. They're most joyful if they have work to perform. Like a lot of herding breeds, these dogs need human company and a lot of it.
Common Health Problems
Hip dysplasia is not common as the dog isn't very heavy. Throughout the 1st year puppies often get eye infections. There are several genetic eye problems like the RD and PRA. All dogs breeding, females and males, should get examined for the diseases annually.
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