Berger PicardThe Berger Picard dog breed is considered to be the oldest French sheepdog and is well-known as the Picardy Shepherd as well. His lively smartness and scruffy appearance have got a lot of fans for him over the centuries, and more lately, he is getting the movie roles. The Berger Picard dog breed is easily trainable but can have an obstinate streak.


Important Stats

Dog Breed Group: Herding Dogs

Height: 1 foot, 9 inches to 2 feet, 1 inch tall at the shoulder

Weight: 50 to 70 pounds

Life Span: 13 to 14 years


Need to Know about Berger Picard

The Berger Picard dog breed is considered to have arrived with the Celts in France sometime about 800 A.D. The dog breed has been sketched for centuries in engravings, tapestries and woodcuts, but he is a top star of movie these days.

This is one of the medium dog breeds and has thick eyebrows and the prick ears and also has got an intelligent, lively personality. He endears himself with his goofy grins, humanlike gaze and stands out as a resilient playmate for children. Thanks to his smartness, he gives response well to training, although he can sometimes be obstinate. He is careful to your voice tone, so even if you are irritated, try to let him have commands delightfully — it normally does work well.

If he was raised with other small pets like cats, he often gets on well with them in the household. Some of the Berger Picards can bark a lot if you have got nearby neighbors. Like other dog breeds, he does physically demand jobs, in this case, driving cattle and sheep. The Berger Picard requires exercise every day and can be developed destructive or bored without it.

By the World Wars I and II, the Berger Picard’s population was destroyed, and he remained rare. Today, there only about 3500 Berger Picards remain in France.



Male: Stands 23.5 to 25.5 inches at the shoulder

Female: Stands 21.5 to 23.5 inches

Weight: 50 to 70 pounds