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Picardy Sheepdog

The Picardy Sheepdog is attractively rustic in appearance, medium to large in size with a solid, muscular build. They should not be heavy or coarse, but should look elegant when moving despite their ‘shaggy-dog’ appearance. The coat is semi-long with a crisp, harsh top-coat and softer insulative undercoat. The breed’s appearance is made all the more attractive by the high set pricked ears, fringed with long fur, and soft beard.

Lifespan
12 – 13 years
Weight
Between 24-35kg
Height
Between 60-65cm for males, and 55-60cm for females
Colours
Colours come in Fawn with or without a dark overlay, or Brindle.
Size
Medium/Large
UK Kennel Club Groups
Pastoral
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks, alerts and may be physically protective/suspicious of visitors
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • Great family dog
  • Needs a large garden
  • Best suited to countryside
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Picardy Sheepdog breed is generally a hardy breed with no widely recognised breed specific health problems.

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.

Personality

Describe by breed supporters as easy-going and mellow, yet mischievous, the Picardy is certainly a character. Although bred to work and still easily capable of working livestock, they also have a strong prey drive and desire to hunt, and yet also form a strong bond with family, and will quite happily laze around at home if that’s what their people are doing!
Devoted and loyal, they have a protective urge to alert owners to strangers and suspicious activity, and should be socialised early, and carefully to ensure they have the skills to cope with pet life. Often described as a teddy bear, or a German Shepherd in a Muppet suit, the Picardy Sheepdog is undeniably an attractive and appealing dog – but make sure you can meet their needs, they do need training and some sort of hobby or job to be fulfilled and content.

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History and Origins

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Training Picardy Sheepdogs

Best Family Dog

Did You Know?

  • The Picardy Sheepdog is often mistaken for a crossbreed, with their scruffy long coat and pricked ears normally associated with short coated breeds. So much so that when the producers of the film ‘Because of Winn-Dixie’ (2005) wanted a scruffy mutt for the title role, they chose the Picardy Sheepdog. Usually, any film with an animal as a lead character will need several identical or near identical animals to play the role. Finding identical looking crossbreeds is nigh on impossible, however they found that the Picardy Sheepdog fit the bill perfectly – and so Picardy Sheepdogs Scott, Laiko and Tasha landed the job!
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