Picardy Sheepdog Breed Summary
Loyal, Energetic, Intelligent, Friendly and Affectionate
Picardy Sheepdogs, also known as Berger Picards, are an extremely rare and ancient breed, native to northern France. They are medium in size but boast large ears and have gentle and loving brown, oval-shaped eyes.
These guys also have a waterproof double coat, that assisted them in their duties of being herding dogs. This allows them to work in harsh terrain and weather to the best of their ability!
Fun Fact: This breed have the unusual ability to hold eye contact with other hoomans and other dogs for an exceptionally long period of time, which is thought to be a way of communicating or showing interest, though it has been constructed as a negative sign of aggression
|Kennel Club Group||Herding|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 23.5in - 25.5in, Females 21.5in - 23.5in|
|Weight||Males and Females 50lb - 70lb|
|Coat||Moderately Long, Coarse and Crisp to the Touch|
|Color||Fawn and Brindle|
|Common health issues||Elbow dysplasia, Hip dysplasia, Lupoid onychodystrophy, Multifocal retinopathy, Progressive retinal atrophy|
|Other Names||Picard, Berger de Picardie, Picardy Shepherd, Picardy Sheepdog|
These dogs are discussed as being extremely loyal in nature and always by your side no matter what! Additionally, they make excellent pets as they get along with everyone, whether that be dogs, hoomans or children! They need plenty of socialization as they are prone to becoming territorial if they're not exposed to meting new people. Though they don't have high prey drives, their instinct to herd may mean they try to herd both animals and children! However, they are very quick to learn new things, and so long as they receive lots of training with use of positive reinforcement, they should grow into happy and well-rounded dogs! They are very active and suit a home where they have lots of space to run around and a large yard to stretch their legs! They are sometimes prone to developing separation anxiety if left alone for too long, so would do better with a family where at least one person was at home for most of the day.