Monday, April 29, 2013

Rare Breed Monday: Berger Picard

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The Berger Picard is a French working dog with roots back to the ninth century. According to the AKC, the breed was used to herd cattle and sheep, and to smuggle contraband tobacco across the French/Belgian border.

Sheepdogs resembling the Berger Picards have been depicted for centuries in tapestries, engravings, and woodcuts.

Just like most working dogs, the Berger Picard needs daily exercise and mental stimulation. They're known to be quiet, loyal, and athletic, but craves attention. They need to be part of the family, and have clear and consistent rules.

They enjoy swimming, running, and long walks. If you want to read more about the Berger Picard, check out this article at!