The Berger Picard is perhaps the oldest of all the French shepherd dogs. This breed arrived in Picardy in AD 800. These dogs have been named after the Picardie region in north-eastern part of France. Some experts believe this breed is connected to the more popular Briard and Beauceron. Other believes they share their origin with the Dutch and Belgian Shepherd dogs. The Berger Picard appeared at the initial French dog show in 1863, but the breed’s appearance did not lead to popularity as a show dog. After the two World Wars this breed was almost extinct, and is still very rare. There about 3000 of these dogs in France, and about 350 in Germany.


It is advised that you should have some previous dog ownership experience before getting one of these dogs. The Berger Picard has a very sensitive and self-assured nature. You will find that these dogs are also extremely loyal and calm. They get along well with children, dogs and other animals – especially if they have been raised with them. The Berger Picard is a very diligent, lively and alert dog. The Berger Picard will however not do well if they are cut off or uncared for – and this might lead to destructive behaviour. This breed will do very well guardian of their families, livestock and their territories.


The coat of the Berger Picard should only be combed or brushed two times a month, especially when they are shedding during spring and autumn. The fur of these dogs should not be washed or trimmed. It can be cleaned off when dirty. This is a very light shedding breed, and they also have no doggie smell.


This breed is extremely intelligent, and also very quick to learn. The Berger Picard breed will need to be socialised and trained in obedience from very early on. These dogs also have a very stubborn streak, and can also be very temperamental. It is advised that their training sessions are short and diverse to avoid boredom. This is a breed that will not respond positively to cruel or unkind training methods. Training should be done in a patient, fair and firm manner.

Health problems

Some of the Berger Picard’s suffer from hip dysplasia, but it is not very common as these dogs are not very heavy. Some of the puppies will also get eye infections because of wind and dirt that gets into their eyes. When older than one year, they will not struggle with this anymore. They also suffer from some genetic eye problems such as the PRA and RD.

Loyal, Good-Natured, Observant
AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 144 of 193
Height: 23.5-25.5 inches (male), 21.5-23.5 inches (female)
Weight: 50-70 pounds
Life Expectancy: 12-13 years


Welcome to the Berger Picard Club of America!

Road to full AKC recognition

The Berger Picard was accepted in AKC’s Foundation Stock Service in April of 2007. The Foundation Stock Service is a record keeping service for all purebred breeds not currently registerable with the American Kennel Club. This is AKC’s way of maintaining the integrity of the breed’s pedigrees and ownership records until significant numbers and interest are obtained on rare or new breeds. It is also the first step of many to full recognition with the AKC.

For more on the Foundation Stock Service program click here:

The first Picard to earn an AKC Certificate of Merit!

The Berger Picard moved into Miscellaneous Class in January of 2013. By following the guidelines on the FSS program page, the BPCA has met the goals for full recognition. The AKC Board voted to move the Berger Picard into full recognition at the April 2014 board meeting. The Picard moved into the Herding group July 1, 2015. The Berger Picard Club of America became a delegate club at the September 2016 meeting of the American Kennel Club.

Please continue to register your dog, even if you don’t have plans to show in the conformation ring. Registration means that your dog will be eligible to compete in herding, agility, obedience, rally and even earn titles as a Canine Good Citizen and Therapy Dog.

Also after 5 years of being in the herding group, the AKC studbook will close to American bred dogs that are not registered by then. So please continue to register your Picard.

Foreign Import:

To register a foreign import (yes, Canada is a separate country), download this form:

The items listed below must be submitted for the AKC to consider registration:
(This information is also printed on the downloaded form.)

First Picard to earn an AKC Obedience title.

The properly completed application, signed in ink. The $35.00 registration fee, payable in U.S. funds – do not send cash.
For an adult dog that has been imported: A clear and legible photocopy of the original Certificate of Registration indicating the dog’s registry and owner of record – do not send the original certificate.

A clear and legible photocopy of the three-generation Certified Pedigree (or Export Pedigree, where applicable). If both the sire and dam of the dog are from Canada AND a product of European imports include photocopies of the parents pedigrees with LOF numbers to be able to verify three generations. Do not send the original pedigree.
All foreign dogs being registered with the AKC are required to have positive identification. This section of the application must be completed to show: a) the type of identification (tattoo, microchip, DNA profile), b) the identifying information and its location on the dog, and c) the registry recording the identifying information. The identification may be done after the dog is in the United States, but prior to AKC registration.

Two three-by-five-inch color photographs, providing close-up front and side views of the dog in a standing position, are required. We recommend a word document with the dog’s name, date of birth and foreign registration number with the photos inserted.
Dogs born in United States:

To register a dog that was born in the United States, your breeder should have registered the dog for you or at LEAST given you a litter registration form that you must send it to have the dog enrolled. If you have a litter registration form, follow the instructions that are on the form. If you do NOT send this paperwork in, your dog is not registered with the FSS.

For Breeders:

For breeders, the BPCA recommends using the form entitled Full Litter PLUS Registration Application for registering the litter and full registration of all the puppies. This ensures that all the puppies registrations are done and sent in. The cost is nominal and the registration papers go straight to the new owners. With full recognition, breeders may also register their litters on-line.