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2011 Berger Picard Puppies
2011 Berger Picard Puppies:
A rare breed, the Berger Picard (pronounced Bear-zhay Pee-carr) was the star dog of the film, Because of Winn-Dixie. Berger Picards, or the Picardy Shepherd, first made itself known in France as a guarder of flocks. Often thought to be a mutt, Berger Picards are quite the opposite as they are thought to be the oldest known French breed. Berger de Picards are known in France to be the best worker with sheep and cattle alike. Picardy Shepherds are closely related to that of the Briards and Beaucerons, also from France. Few specimens of this breed are found in the United States, but receive high praise from their original country. They are rowdy when they play, are hard workers, and require a lot of human companionship as well as exercise. Berger Picards have naturally upright ears, are all shades of gray and fawn, and have a scruffy looking appearance. Their rustic look is often mistaken for being a mixed breed. They are medium sized dogs who enjoy children, are intelligent and independent in mind. They are a strong, hard working dog that tends to be vocal. The best owner for the Berger de Picard would be an active, dog-experienced owner in a rural home.
Origin and History of the Breed:
The Berger Picard breed of dogs originated in France. This is the oldest of all French shepherds that had arrived in Picardy and the Pas de Calais with the Celts in 200 AD. It is from the Picardie region of Northwestern France that the Berger Picard has derived its name.
There are different opinions held regarding the lineage of the Berger Picard. While some experts opine that the breed is related to the Briard and Beauceron- well-known dogs others point out that the Berger Picard and the Dutch and Belgian Shepherds share a common origin. The breed’s easy care and happy, albeit mischievous, temperament has drawn the attention of pet lovers towards it and the breed has been saved from extinction.
The Berger Picard is French breed of dog of the Herding group of breeds. These dogs are a rare breed that nearly went extinct after both WWI and WWII and still remain a rare breed to this date with only approx. 3,500 individuals in France and around 500 in Germany and few are found in the United States or other countries. The movie Because of Winn-Dixie used two of these dogs that had to be brought over from France to America.We became interested in the Berger Picard because of their unique looks and their loving and protective nature. Our heart dogs, Valentine and Cayenne shows those qualities and demonstrates them daily.
Berger Picards are big, very vocal – talking, not barking – passionately loving dogs. Despite being French sheep herders, Berger Picards prefer to spend most of their time in the house and possibly in your bed. They do however need room to exercise. At 60 or so pounds, they are still lap dogs, craving close contact with their humans. They are smart and very loyal. We practice Carmen Battaglia’s “Early Neurological Stimulation” techniques on the puppies, which turns out even smarter, more even natured dogs.
The average PyreShep is a light, fine boned dog. They come in 2 main coat types. The “smooth faced” Pyre has short, smooth hair on the face and a double coat on the body, with tufts of hair on the back of each leg and the bottom of the tail. The long coat type is divided into two varieties. The “Demi Long” Pyre has medium length hair on the face and a long flat coat on the body. The “Rough Faced” Pyre has long hair on the face and body. The rough faced dog has a resemblance of Benji, and other terrier mixes.
Small Berger Picard Puppies:
Though ears are traditionally cropped, and tails are usually docked, natural ears and full tails have become increasingly more common. When it is left natural, the ear is usually a semi-prick or rose ear. The uniqueness of this breed makes it very recognizable to dog enthusiasts, but the dog does not usually appear to be a purebred to the everyday population. The general structure of the Pyre makes for a very athletic and lightning fast dog.