Berger Picards

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  1. Saeleofu

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    Tell me all about them!

    There's one in my handling class, and he's adorable but seems a little shy. I know knowing about them, though!
     
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    They're awesome. Actually they're a bit aloof, less jovial in work than some herders, and can be overtly aggressive with strangers from what I'm told as cons but otherwise they're awesome. They're definitely on my someday list.
     
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    I've meet quite a few at conformation shows. They seem to attend dog shows en masse, because there are always at least 8 of them together when I see them. I've meet some that are friendly to strangers. Not Golden Retriever friendly, but waggy and smiling. They sure are cute and seem to have a nice personality. Plus, the come in brindle which is very pretty. :) They seem like they'd make a great family dog.

    http://bergerpicardclubofamerica.com/blog/?page_id=16
     
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    The ones I've met are pretty neat. Pups seem to like attention from strangers, adults appear aloof, all seem to have a sense of humor. The ones I've met all love coursing, too.
     
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    They are adorable. Unfortunately the only one I've met has terrible fear issues so probably not a good representation of the breed as a whole. They are really interesting to me though and I'd love to meet more.
     
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    "Reserved" is how I would put the one I met, once introduced he was a really great dog! Very sweet and good nature overall. I'd say the grooming was far less than what I expected, they are much more "wash n wear" than other similar looking coats and clean up/brush up pretty easy. But in the end, they're still a "bearded" breed, I just for myself can't get past damp, slimy, grubby beards.

    I did seriously look into them though, but due to their still rarity at the time, and the fact I was actually told it would have been cheaper even for me to fly over to France and bring one back than what they were charging over here, and that they were also at the time still not AKC registered (I wanted to compete, and that's pretty much THE dominate registry for competition here), I let the idea float away.

    I still really admire them, seen a few more at the UKC shows since (all coming from Canada), probably wont ever get the chance to own one, but I thought they were a very nice breed and are still tempting me, they are a herding breed...wonder if it would be wrong of me to shave the face? J/K!
     
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    I absolutely love the look of these dogs. In looking into them though,they weren't quite what I was looking for. I was on an email list for owners of them and that is a good way to learn about any breed. They are supposed to be more independent than a lot of herders and remind me of some Briards. I've met several and they seemed sharper than what I was looking for (and...I have Belgians). But they are cool dogs and I like them, their Briard-yness just didn't really fit me. And I like Briards too, they just aren't quite right for me.
     
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    I found this as well, I so wish they were just like belgians, they're so stinking cute.
     
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    LOL me too! I really wanted them to be more Belgian-y and less Briard-y.
     
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    The few that I've met have been super awesome dogs. I drove about an hour one day shortly after moving to NY to meet up with a lady who had a female Berger Picard and was on the waiting list for a male from the same breeder. She was a cool dog and definitely a good representation of the breed.

    I also went to the AKC Meet The Breed in NYC a few years ago to meet up with a few different people. I really liked the ones that I met there and they were on my 'next dog list.'

    Then I got on the yahoo owner's group and got more accounts from more owners and felt that they were a little to sharp for what I wanted. Plus, I had a heart to heart with myself and realized that with our small cars and frequent long drives to OH, I needed something smaller. Then, there was the fact that the breeder I was looking at stopped emailing me, even after multiple attempts to get a hold of her. Oh well, wasn't meant to be.

    They are definitely still on my, "I want a close friend to have one so I can visit all the time" list. Possibly on a "would like to own someday" but I love my ES so much that I'm not sure i'll stray.
     
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    Yep, I think that's pretty typical, though some love attention.

    They are definitely showing a lot in AKC. They are in Miscellaneous now, but I figure with the dedication I've been seeing, they'll be in Herding Group soon enough.

    I don't know what the price is these days. Usually when a breed is very rare in the US, they will be expensive. I remember a Podengo Pequeno breeder wanting $2,500 for a puppy, but in Portugal you can get one for $600. (I know a guy in Portugal who is a Laekenois breeder and used to breed PP. ;) ) Seems like they do a lot of herding, also.

    The only thing I don't like about the BP is the ears. No offence, but they are quite large. ;)
     
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    I think their popularity since I looked back then has risen very fast, and it seems many of the breed in AKC FSS service have been encouraged to push along into a group by the AKC (more than likely because of their loss of revenue else where). I don't regret going with a Beauceron, she get's muddy enough! lol

    And see, I personally really LOVE the big ears! I think they have so much personality :p!
     
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    This. God I love their ears so much!
     
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    Big ears? That's one of the things I love about them lol!
     
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    BlackPuppy Owned by Belgians

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    Actually, the AKC has changed it's criteria for moving breeds up. It is much more difficult now requiring many more members in a breed club, and at least double the # of registered dog that was required in the past. This went into effect last year. :(
     
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    That's interesting. I think I must have skipped over reading that part somewhere, probably because I was fuming over their decision to raise the foreign registration fee from $50, to $100! So it doesn't look like I'll be importing anymore dogs any time soon :rolleyes:.
     
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