The Berger Picard was brought to the Picardie region of France by the Celts around 800 AD. It is considered to be the oldest French sheepdog and its ancestors can be found on ancient tapestries and wood engravings. Some experts think that it is related to the Beauceron and the Briard while others believe that it came from the same ancestors the Dutch and Belgian Shepherds came from. This breed faced difficulties after both the world wars and they were on the verge of extinction. After the Second World War, efforts were made to restore the breed. Although it is still a rare breed, the numbers have risen and it is nowhere close to extinction. The United Kennel Club and the American Kennel Club recognized them in 1994 and 2016 respectively.
Temperament & Personality
The dog has protective instincts and remains alert making it a good watchdog. For new dog owners, it is a good choice since it is intelligent, loyal and playful. It is also an energetic and fun-loving dog but may get stubborn at times and bark at people. Berger Picards need owners who are balanced and calm because it hates harsh tones and loneliness. This is not an aggressive breed but will become laid back if their owner is not firm and doesn’t act like their leader. It behaves reservedly around strangers, so socialization is necessary.