Lively and alert, this rustic farm dog has been a working companion of French farmers since the 14th century. A stable and sturdy dog, the breed’s weather-proof, wiry coat may be fawn or brindle and requires little grooming. With a friendly expression, the Picard is a charming and lighthearted dog, but is known to be stubborn and will require a patient but firm owner.
The correct pronunciation of this French breed’s name is “bare ZHAY pee CARR”. Two Picards named “Scott” and “Lyco” portrayed the loveable mutt “Winn Dixie” in the 2005 Hollywood movie “Because of Winn-Dixie”.
The Berger Picard was used to carry contraband across the Franco-Belgian border by camouflaging goatskin pouches in the breed’s wiry coat.