Picardy Sheepdog

Other name: Picardy Shepherd

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Life expectancy

The Picardy Sheepdog has a life expectancy of between 12 and 14 years




Adult size

Female Between 22 and 24 in
Male Between 24 and 26 in

Adult weight

Female Between 44 and 66 lb
Male Between 44 and 66 lb
Coat colour
Brown Blue Sand
Type of coat
Eye colour
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More details about the Picardy Sheepdog

Picardy Sheepdog: Origins and history

Although it's hard to pinpoint its exact origins, references to long-haired herding dogs go back thousands and thousands of years. However, many experts suggest that cattle dogs originated in and around France during the 8th and 9th centuries.  The modern-day Picardy Shepherd appeared in the mid 19th century and made its first appearance at a Parisian dog show in 1863. It was officially recognised as an independent breed during the 1920s. It was thought to be on the brink of extinction following World War II. Luckily, its numbers have been growing steadily since the late 1940s, although it is still a rare breed. It's estimated that there are less than 50 registered in the UK.

FCI classification of the Picardy Sheepdog

  • Group 1 - Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs)

  • Section 1 : Sheepdogs

Training a Picardy Sheepdog

These dogs will provide a bit of a challenge to the inexperienced dog owner. However, with the right training methods, and plenty of patience, they can learn how to handle these interesting and lively characters. Expert dog handles will find these animals a joy to train. Picardy Shepherds regularly perform in obedience training competitions and are capable of doing some pretty amazing things.

Picardy Sheepdog: Purchase price

Because they’re quite a rare breed, Picardy Shepherds are more expensive than most dogs. A purebred puppy is hard to come by, especially in the UK. We do not have enough data to set an average price for the Picardy Sheepdog.

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