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FCI nummer: 176
Gruppe 1: Bruks-, hyrde- og gjeterhunder
Seksjon 1: Fårehunder
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Foundation Stock Service (FSS)
Each of the following breeds has been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®. The AKC provides this service to allow these purebred breeds to continue to develop while providing them with the security of a reliable and reputable avenue to maintain their records. FSS® breeds are not eligible for AKC registration. Several of the FSS breeds are approved to compete in AKC Companion Events. To review the complete list of breeds approved to compete in companion events, click here. Contact information is available for a majority of the Foundation Stock Service® breeds. The AKC does not recommend one club over another. None of the clubs are affiliated with the AKC at this time (except for the coonhound national breed clubs).
ANDRE NAVN: Berger Picard, Berger de Picardie
VEKT: Hann: 23 - 32 kg
Tispe: 23 - 32 kg
HØYDE: Hann: 60 - 65 cm
Tispe: 55 - 60 cm
FARGE(R): Fawn, fawn med mørke hårspisser,fawn bridle, grå, mørk grå
PELS: Grov,stri

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Berger Picard
Om Berger Picard:

Eligible Registries: Any Acceptable Domestic or Foreign Registry

Contact: Berger Picard Club of America, Betsy Richards, President, 4432 Laurelwood Drive, Roanoke, VA 24018; phone (home): 540.774.6941 ; phone (cell): 540.293.3052; e-mail: betsy_richards4@yahoo.com

Michele Fitzgerald, Club Secretary
136 Tyler Dr
New Market VA 22844
Website:  www.americanbergerpicardalliance.com


  • From the January 2009 Board Meeting - The Berger Picard was approved to compete in AKC Companion and Performance Events effective July 1, 2009.
  • From the April 2007 Board Meeting - Two new breeds were added to the Foundation Stock Service Program - the Berger Picard and the Swedish Lapphund.


The Berger Picard, like most of today's French herding breeds, originated from the dogs brought to northern France and the Pas de Calais, during the second Celtic invasion of Gaul around 400 BC. Throughout the Middle Ages, sheepdogs resembling Berger Picards have been depicted in tapestries, engravings and woodcuts.

Although the Berger Picard made an appearance at the first French dog show in 1863, the breed's rustic appearance did not lead to popularity as a show dog. Even though Picards continued to be shown and participated in defense and guarding trials, the breed was not officially recognized in France until 1925.

With its population concentrated on the farms of northeastern France between Normandy and Paris, the Picardy Shepherd, as it is known in some countries, was decimated by the ravages of the World Wars and the breed was reduced to near extinction. In the late 1940's several devoted fanciers scoured Picardy looking for well-typed subjects to rebuild the breed. The Picards' easy care and happy, though mischievous, temperament has the breed back on the road to recovery.

Farger og egenheter:

Description Type Code
Fawn S 082
Gray S 100
Description Type Code
Brindle S 051
White Markings S 014


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  • The Berger Picard has been assigned the Herding Group designation.
  • The Berger Picard has been recorded in the Foundation Stock Service since April 2007.
  • The correct French pronunciation of Berger Picard is bare ZHAY pee CARR. Berger is the French word for shepherd and Picard is the region in France where they are from.
  • Sheepdogs resembling Berger Picards have been depicted for centuries in tapestries, engravings and woodcuts. One renowned painting, in the Bergerie Nationale at Rambouillet, the National Sheepfold of France, dating to the start of the 19th century, shows the 1st Master Shepherd, Clément Delorme, in the company of a medium-sized, strong-boned dog with mid-length crisp coat and naturally upright ears, resembling in many ways a Berger Picard of today.
  • The first Berger Picards were shown together in the same class with Beaucerons and Briards in 1863 but it was more than 50 years later in 1925 that the Picard was officially recognized as a breed in France.
  • Picardy, the region of northern France between Normandy and Paris, was particularly ravaged during both World Wars, which accounts for the scarcity of this local herding breed.
  • Berger Picards, with their crisp coats, were reportedly used to smuggle tobacco and matches across the Franco-Belgian border. The tobacco would be put in goatskin pouches, hairy side up, and attached to the dog's shaven back. From a distance, dogs carrying such loads would not draw attention, particularly at dusk or at night.
  • There have been several unsuccessful attempts in the past 20 years to establish the Berger Picard in North America. The current influx of Picards is greatly attributed to the use of the Internet, which provided the means of communication between European breeders and American buyers.
  • Berger Picards can be seen in three current movies, "Because of Winn Dixie," "Daniel and the Superdogs," and "Are We Done Yet?" but Picards are often mistaken for another canine actor, the Wirehaired Portuguese Podengo Medio, another scruffy looking rare breed.