American Canine Association

Breeds

Breed Name: Berger Picard


History

The Berger Picard is a rare breed of dog originating in France from the Bloodhound bloodlines. This breed became so popular by the 17th century that many people believe the Berger Picard breed is what sparked the creation of the Beagle breed. This breed is used for hunting smaller game and gained most of its recognition for being owned by the King of France.

Appearance

Both males and females measure 22-26 inches in height and weigh between 55-65 pounds in weight. This medium sized breed has medium length coat that is wiry and harsh to the touch, available in grey, grey black, blue grey, red grey and all shades of fawn. Their head is wedge shaped, forming into a narrow muzzle with a scissor bite. their two ears are triangular in shape, medium in size and stand firm at the top of their head. Their two eyes are almond in shape, generally hidden behind eyebrows and typically a light hazel to dark brown in color. Their tail is long, thick and hangs downwards and out. Their general body build is very tall and lean.

Temperament

The Berger Picard is the perfect dog if you're searching for a well balanced personality, medium sized breed, who also enjoys a bit of hunting now and then. Calm and loving indoors with its family members, this breed is protective, loyal and obedient. Requiring a daily walk and some other playful activities to ensure enough physical exercise, this breed is not too demanding. As a natural instinct to the breed being a scent hound, it is important that while outdoors, a harness and proper leash is always on your dog, or he or she must be in a properly fenced in yard to ensure its safety.

Grooming

This breed does shed. Daily brushing and bathing when needed. Professional grooming recommended twice a year.

Special Notes

Please fully educate yourself about the Berger Picard prior to adding one to your household to ensure you are able to make a life long commitment both physically and financially. This breed requires a properly fenced in yard or properly fitting harness and leash while outdoors at all times. All dogs originate from wolves (Canis Lupus). Each breed of dog was originally created by mixing different breeds together in an effort to bring forth certain characteristics. Once a breeder has created acceptable “breed characteristics” within their bloodline and these “breed characteristics” have shown to be reliably reproduced in the offspring for three (3) generations, the bloodline may be upgraded from the category of “foundation stock” to “pure-bred”. The same “pure-bred” breed standards vary from different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders. Dog DNA testing companies can have accurate results for a specific bloodline of a small colony of dogs. However, there are tens of thousands of different bloodlines in the world which have not yet been tested for marker baseline results by Dog DNA testing companies as of 2017. For this reason Dog DNA testing companies do not guarantee the 100% accuracy of their breed lineage results and will also show different marker results for the same pure-bred breed in different continents, countries, territories, regions, breed clubs, and canine pure-breed registries depending on the goals of their breeders.

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