Berger Picard For Active Owners
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Berger Picard For Active Owners


Berger Picard For Active Owners.  They are long-legged herding dogs with strong bones and sturdy build.  Early socialization and positive training are necessary to cope with their stubborn personalities. These dogs nearly became extinct after both the World Wars and is still a rare breed.   This breed ranks 144 of 196 in AKC popularly.

The Berger Picard’s name comes the region of Picardy in the north-west of France.   The Berger Picard is also known as the Picardy Shepherd. Picardy is an agricultural region and has miles of rich pastureland. The farmers and cattlemen of the region take pride in their home-grown sheepdog.

Picard derives its name from “pic” or “pike” which was a long thrusting spear used in battle up until the medieval period.  Apparently, the farmers and ranchers didn’t always just tend to their sheep and ranches but were also ready to join the military.

The Berger Picard is a medium sized dog weighing in between 50 to 70 pounds, 18 to 32 kilograms, or 3.5 to 5 stones.  Depends on which scales you have in your bathroom.  (Anyone have a scale that weighs in stones ?)  Berger’s life expectancy ranges between 12 to 13 years. They are very active dogs of enjoy all kinds of sports, games, and outdoor fun.

Without proper exercise, they may become bored and exhibit destructive behavior.  Even though they are active dogs, they do well in the city if they get enough exercise.  Long romps in the park will do the trick.  They are very loyal dogs and may suffer from separation anxiety if left alone even for short periods of time.

The Berger Picard regained some of its popularity when it starred in a 2005 movie “Because of Winn Dixie.”  Don’t you just love dog movies?  There should be a law that every movie must have a dog in it!

For More On The Berger Picard For Active Owners

American Kennel Club (AKC)
The Berger Picard Club of America

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