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Physical Characteristics

Breed Group:

Herding group.


Approximately 50-70 pounds (23-32 kg).


Approximately 21-25.5 inches (53-65 cm) at the withers.


Standard colourings include various shades of grey and light or dark fawn.


Picardy Shepherds have medium length coats of wiry hair with a rough texture.



Picardy Shepherds are intelligent, hard-working, and lively dogs. These loyal canine companions are picky eaters but also have a great sense of humour.

Country of Origin:



The Picardy Shepherd is believed to be the oldest of the sheepdogs and depictions of this breed can be traced back to the Middle Ages. The ancestors of these dogs were likely brought to France by the Celts during invasions in the ninth century. Widely used as a sheepdog during the eighteenth century, this breed was first officially recognized in 1923.


This breed is also known as the Berger de Picard and the Picardy Sheepdog.


Picardy Shepherds are assertive yet sensitive, stubborn yet mellow. These dogs tend to be reserved in the presence of strangers but love the companionship of familiar humans. Picardy Shepherds are gentle, sweet-tempered dogs that are great with families and children.



These intelligent and hard-working dogs respond well to training.


Picardy Shepherds are very active and require plenty of space to run and play.


Picardy Shepherds require lots of space where they can run, and are not suitable for urban life. These active animals require plenty of daily exercise as well as regular, vigorous grooming. With their sweet temperament and great sense of humour, these dogs are excellent family companions and like to receive plenty of attention from their owners. However, it's important to remember that Picardy Shepherds are working dogs and are happiest when they have a job to do.


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