Picardy Shepherd

Other name: Berger Picard

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The Berger de Picardie is a robust, rustic medium-sized dog, recognizable by its scribbled appearance. With good musculature and a balanced bones, without giving off an impression of heaviness, it displays a sparkling look of intelligence and liveliness. It is also characterized by great elegance, as much when it is stationary as when it is in action. It does not give off any impression of heaviness and has lean muscles. If he has a little country dog look, he fits in very well with city life, as long as he is out regularly. He is impulsive and athletic, sometimes even considered fanciful



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Hair type Half-long
Origin France
Template Average
Head shape Triangular
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 20 kg to 30 kg From 58 cm to 62 cm
Male From 20 kg to 30 kg From 60 cm to 65 cm
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History of the breed

As its name suggests, the Berger de Picardie has Picardy origins , but it would have benefited from the contributions of several sheepdogs from different origins in Europe. He descended from Celtic dogs that arrived in the North of France in the 4th century BC Traces of the Shepherd of Picardy, or its ancestor very like, back to the Middle Ages.

A very old breed, it was exhibited for the first time in 1863. Somewhat abandoned, the breed will be relaunched after World War II. The dog lover Robert Montenot founded the Friends of Berger Picard club in the mid-1950s, when a new breed standard was approved by the Société Centrale Canine in 1964. In the meantime, the FCI will have recognized him definitively in June 1955.

Berger de Picardie Pictures

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Physical features

His coat: mid-length (5 to 6 cm over the entire body), hard in texture, associated with a fine and tight undercoat.
Its color: fawn, brindle fawn, charred fawn, possibly with dark gray markings and without white spot.
His head: proportionate to the size, finely cut, but without appearing pointed. Well lined with hairs, especially on the eyebrows, which must not, however, hide the eyes, as well as mustaches and goatees. The skull is slightly arched and the stop is not very visible.
Its ears: medium, set high, wide at their attachment and carried straight at all times, with slightly rounded tips.
His eyes: medium in size, oval in shape and dark in color (hazelnut to dark).
His body: gives an impression of solidity, but without exaggeration. The back is straight, the kidney solid, the croup slightly inclined, the ribs arching upwards, then flattening down to the sternum.
Its tail: reaches the point of the hock and slightly curved at its end at rest. Whip more spicy, but not above the back, in action. As full of hair as the rest of the body.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Berger de Picardie is a dog who knows how to reconcile wisdom and boldness . Intelligent, calm and affectionate , he is a pleasant companion for his master and all his family , especially children. His great vigilance, his bravery and his natural distrust of strangers make him a very good watchdog . He enjoys the company of children, with whom he does not hesitate to play.

His facial expressions often make people smile and he is very complicit with those close to him. Due to his balanced personality, he is made to guide and guard flocks of sheep, but this is not his only specialty: agility, ringing and tracking are also part of his favorite fields thanks to his vivacity and this will that he has to please his master. The Berger de Picardie is not an aggressive dog, but it is even less fearful.

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The Berger de Picardie must be educated both firmly and gently . His intelligence and attachment to his master speak for him in his upbringing, but he’s the kind of dog who doesn’t just run to obey. He needs to understand the usefulness of his work . And when this is the case, he puts all his ardor and application into it. His education is facilitated by his great kindness , his good nature and above all his intelligence and sensitivity. Educating them also helps to limit their excess enthusiasm.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Berger de Picardie appreciates family life , especially the company of children . A house with a fenced garden would suit him perfectly. Life in an apartment is much less. It is a dog intended for a person able to educate it firmly and to be available for several hours a day. A great sportsman and adventurer at heart, he enjoys long physical walks with his master. He should not be inactive for too long, otherwise he will not be happy.


Ease of gaining weight

The Berger de Picardie is a particularly robust dog. He enjoys iron health and does not fear disease as long as he is properly cared for, cared for and fed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 5 and 12 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 15 years

The life expectancy of a Berger de Picardie is, on average, between 12 years and 15 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Berger de Picardie remains subject to 2 seasonal moults per year , one in spring and the other in autumn. With the exception of these shedding periods, it does not lose much hair. For the rest, the Berger de Picardie is a rustic dog that does not require complex maintenance.

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week to maintain the beauty and cleanliness of his coat. It does not need to be washed, unless it has become very dirty.

Price and budget

Purchase price

900 €
1200 €

The purchase price of a Berger de Picardie is between 900 € and 1200 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 1300
1400 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Berger de Picardie is between € 1,300 and € 1,400.

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The Berger de Picardie must be fed a rich and balanced diet . Prefer human food , although high quality kibble can be a good supplement. This dog appreciates raw meat, starches like rice or pasta as well as vegetables , cereals and some fresh fruit . Always make sure to clean them well to avoid diarrhea.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Berger de Picardie needs a lot of exercise to get active. It is recommended to regularly offer long country or forest hikes, in addition to daily outings. Being a dog built for work, he must stay active in order to be happy.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Recognized by FCI

Since 1955


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