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Berger Picard Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Berger Picard so you can get to know the breed more.

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Berger Picard
OriginFrance
Other Names
What other names does the Berger Picard have? The dog breed also known as...
Berger de Picardie, Picardy Shepherd, Picardy Sheepdog
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Berger Picard recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Is Berger Picard recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Berger Picard breed?
American Canine RegistryAmerican Kennel ClubAmerica's Pet RegistryContinental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleNational Kennel ClubNorth American Purebred Registry, Inc.United Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Association, Inc.
Price
How much does the Berger Picard puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Berger Picard price:
$2000-$2500
If you choose to purchase the Berger Picard, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Berger Picard for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Berger Picard gets to a happy place.

Berger Picard General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Berger Picard size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Berger Picard weigh? Berger Picard weight:
51–71 lb (23–32 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Berger Picard? Berger Picard average weight:
61 lb (27.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Berger Picard? Berger Picard height:
Male: 24-26 inches (61–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inches (56–61 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Berger Picard average height:
Male: 25 inches (63.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm)

Berger Picard Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Berger Picard have? What does this canine coat look like?
WiryWaterproofDouble
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Berger Picard's coat?
BrindleGrayFawn
Grooming
How to groom the Berger Picard and how often?
Average: The Berger Picard requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential. Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes. Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and to give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath. If you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of your Berger Picard, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Berger Picard dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Berger de Picardie? Berger Picard shedding level:
Berger Picards shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Berger Picard Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Berger Picard have? What characteristics does the breed have?
AssertiveIntelligentMellowEnergeticLivelyStubborn
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Berger Picard? Are they intelligent?
Average: Berger Picard's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Berger Picard dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Berger Picards are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Berger Picard is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Berger Picard sensitivity:
Berger Picards don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits. This breed emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Berger Picards are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Berger de Picardie need? Berger Picard social needs:
Berger Picards need for social interaction is average. This breed likes being around people or other animals, but they don't mind being left alone for a few hours either.
Barking
Do Berger Picard dogs bark a lot? Why does my Picardy Shepherd bark?
Average: The Berger Picard barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Berger Picard good as a watchdog?
Berger Picards are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Berger Picards will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Berger Picard dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Berger Picards strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.
Biting Potential
Do Berger Picard bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Berger de Picardie? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Berger Picard? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Berger Picard has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Berger Picard do?
Berger Picards have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Berger Picards need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Berger Picard to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Berger Picard roam?
Berger Picards tend to escape less than other breeds. They have low to average wanderlust potential. Exploring the world is not the best activity they can imagine.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Berger Picard have high prey drive?
Berger Picards have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Berger Picard good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Berger Picards are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Berger Picards adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner. With proper socialization and quality time with the dog can solve this problem.
Fighting Dog
Where Berger Picard dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Berger Picard Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Berger Picards are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Berger Picard dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Berger Picard and children:
Berger Picards are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Berger Picard dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Berger Picards are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Berger Picard good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Berger Picard dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Berger Picards are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Berger Picards good office dogs? Do Berger Picards make good office friendly dogs? Can Berger Picards be office dogs?
No
Berger Picard is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Berger Picard dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Berger de Picardie temperament with senior people? Are Berger Picard dogs good for elderly owners?
Berger Picards are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Berger Picard dogs get along with other pets? Are Berger Picard dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Berger Picards are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Berger Picard breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Berger Picards are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Berger Picard be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Berger Picard is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Berger Picard be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Berger Picard is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Berger Picard be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Berger Picard is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Berger Picard be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Berger Picard is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Berger Picard be a boat dog?
Not really
Berger Picard breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Berger Picard be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Berger Picard is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Berger Picard Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Berger Picard dogs have health problems?
Berger Picards tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Berger Picard breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Berger Picard breed? Health risks of Berger Picard:
Eye InfectionsHip DysplasiaProgressive retinal atrophy (PRA)Retinal Dysplasia
Life Expectancy
How long do Berger Picard dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Berger Picard be?
12-15 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Berger Picard breed hypoallergenic?
No
Berger Picards don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Berger Picard have?
Berger Picards are high energy dogs. Active lifestyle makes them happy.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Berger Picard dogs require per day?
Berger Picards need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Berger Picards don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Berger Picard need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Berger Picard risk for obesity:
Average. The Berger Picard has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Berger Picard's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Berger Picard can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Berger Picard has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Berger Picard drool?
The Berger Picard is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Berger Picard could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Berger Picard. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Berger Picard Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Berger Picard: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Berger Picard have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Berger Picard have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
2-10 puppies, average 6

Berger Picard Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Drooling tendency: The Berger Picard is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Berger Picards are good watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Berger Picards have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Berger Picards tend to escape less than other breeds.
  • Adaptability: Berger Picards adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Berger Picards are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Berger Picards are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Berger Picards tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Berger Picards don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Berger Picards are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Office Friendly: Berger Picard is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Berger Picards are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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