The Picardy Sheepdog (also known as Berger Picard in America) is a medium-sized, well-muscled (but not bulky) breed that is strong and intelligent. It has distinctively erect natural ears set rather high on the head and wide at the base, measuring about 10-12.5 cm and turned forward. The head is rectangular in profile with a slight sloping stop between the muzzle planes and the skull. A slight furrow between the eyes is evident as well as rough eyebrows that are neither short or long as to cover the eyes. Its medium-sized eyes are oval shaped, turned forward but not protruding and are medium to dark brown in colour. The long hair on the muzzle forms into a moustache and beard. It has harsh, thick wiry coat that is about 5-6 cm in length all over the body with a slight ruff on the front and sides of the neck. The tail reaches to the hock and ends in a J-hook at the tip. The nose is large and black in colour. A strong and muscular neck blends smoothly into the shoulders and supports the rectangular head. The front legs are straight, complimenting the long and well laid back shoulder blades. The thigh and stifle are angulated, well-muscled and well-balanced with the front legs. All four legs are supported by rounded feet with well-arched toes. The harsh double coat comes in fawn or brindle. A male should stand between 60-65 cm while a female should be 55-60 cm in height at the withers. Typical weight for this breed is between 22.5 to 31.5 kgs.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
Although the Picardy Sheepdog is France’s oldest sheepdog breed, there are no specific written records regarding its exact ancestry. Originating from Picardy in northern France, some say that the earliest ancestors dates as far back as the 4th century B.C. and was brought to France by the Celts. Others suggest that this sheepdog was introduced in the 9th century by the Franks. There are also experts that insist that the Picardy Sheepdog is related to the Briard and Beauceron while others think that it is related with the Dutch and Belgian Shepherds. Whatever the truth is, this breed has definitely been around for quite a long time.
It made its first formal appearance in 1863 during the first French dog show but did not gain popularity because of its rustic appearance. It was not until 1925 that the breed was officially recognized as a distinct breed. The advent of the two World Wars further affected the breeding stock of the Picardy Sheepdog which nearly decimated the breed. Today, the Picardy Sheepdog is one of the rare breeds in the United Kingdom, with only 40 registered in the country.
The Picardy Sheepdog is a true working breed that belongs to the Pastoral group of the Kennel Club. It has all the traits of a good herding dog: good-natured, loyal, and observant dog. It is active and vigilant, watchful, quietly self-assured, and can be aloof with strangers, but is not shy or nervous. As a pet, it can be occasionally ill-behaved and stubborn but like any other breed, will benefit from proper training and early socialization.
Like any other sheepdogs, this breed is quite easy to train because of its intelligence. It is not an ideal pet for first-time pet owners, though. This dog has a very strong hunting instinct which needs someone who is familiar with handling similar type breeds, but it is quick to learn and intelligent. A firm and consistent hand coupled with positive reinforcement will go a long way for the Picardy Sheepdog. Similar to most breeds, harsh words and rough training won’t do any good. As a true working dog, it will do quite well with agility events and obedience contests.
This breed has a rustic, natural looking topcoat that is harsh and rough with a soft, dense undercoat. The coat should only be brushed on a weekly basis to prevent matting. Bathing can be rarely done because the coat is weatherproof. It does not shed as much like any other breed and has less “doggy odour” compared to other dogs.
The Picardy Sheepdog is a relatively healthy breed and like any other herding dog is prone to:
This dog is a picky eater so try to experiment which food will best suit its taste buds. The average lifespan is between 12 and 13 years.
The amount of exercise depends on whether it is kept in an apartment as a companion or in a rural setting as a working dog. An hour of daily walks along the sidewalk, half an hour jogging or running alongside a bike or a whole day of running and playing in an open space is the ideal exercise for the Picardy Sheepdog. With enough physical and mental stimulation, this breed will get along quite well in any setting.
This charming medium-sized breed is very people-oriented, loyal and intelligent and makes a good companion if properly socialized. It is general regarded as a pet that is particularly good with children and other pets. A well-socialized Picardy Sheepdog will play with other dogs in the neighbourhood, sometimes running around other dogs in an attempt to herd them.