Berger Picard

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Country of Origin:France
AKC Group:Rare
UKC Group:Herding
Use today:Herding
Color:Gray, gray-black, gray with black highlights, gray-blue, gray-red, light or dark fawn, or a mixture of these shades. Slight white markings are allowed on the chest and tips of the toes.
Coat:Shaggy, rough double coat, about 2 to 21/2 inches all over body except for head. Texture of outer coat is harsh and crisp; undercoat is soft and dense.
Grooming:Groom as needed.
Size:Large Dog Breed
Height:21.5-25.5 inches
Weight:Not specified

Best known as the title character in the 2005 film Because of Winn-Dixie, this rustic dog is one of the oldest French breeds of sheep-herding dogs. Its origin is debated: some believe the breed was introduced by Celts, others believe it descended from Asian tribes that invaded Europe in the Middle Ages, and still other theories exist. What’s known for sure is that the Berger Picard is an extremely rare breed, even in its native France. As a result of the difference between Britain and France’s sheep predators, the medium-sized and well-muscled varies greatly in temperament and herding style from British sheep-herding dogs. Instead of fetching sheep, the Berger Picard, also known as the Picardy Shepherd, practices a herding style known as “boundary” or “tending.” The strong, protective instinct of the breed also aids in guarding its flock. These qualities make the Berger a wonderful family companion that gets along well with children.

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