Thought to be the oldest of the French Sheepdogs,
the Berger Picard was brought to northern France
and the Pas de Calais, in the 9th century by the Celts.
The breeding stock of the Berger Picard, or Picardy
Shepherd, as it is known in some countries, was
decimated by the ravages of World War I. With its
population concentrated on the farms of north-eastern
France, trench warfare in the Somme reduced the
breed to very limited numbers.
Unfortunately, the solid, dependable breed has still
not fully recovered, even though the Picards''
attributes include a lively, intelligent personality,
a thick, weather-proof coat, and a sensitive and
assertive disposition that responds quickly to
The Berger Picard also has a protective nature,
making them a good guard dog. The breed also
has a well developed sense of humour making
them an endearing companion, and they continue
to be used very effectively as both sheep and
cattle herder in their native land and elsewhere.
The breeds' intelligence and sensitivity are also
making them increasingly popular in dog sports
like Agility, Tracking, Schutzhund, Flyball. and
French Ring Sport.