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Picardy Sheepdog (Imp)


Illustration of Picardy Sheepdog (Imp)

The striking outline of the Picardy sheepdog with its erect ears and harsh coat might bear some resemblance to the Briard and the Beauceron, and probably the breeds share some common ancestry. Indeed, when the first Picardy Sheepdogs were shown in France in 1863, they were shown in the same class as Beauceron and Briards.

Although this type of sheepdog is seen in artworks from the Middle Ages, the Picardy Sheepdog was not recognised until the first official standard was published in 1922.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
Up to 1 hour per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Pastoral Breed Group

The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.

Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.

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