Early history of race

The beginning

He looks more like a hybrid than a breed dog. In fact, the Berger de Picardy is one of the most original representatives among the shepherd dogs. But that is what makes it special. Because the Struppi look is deceptive; Behind it is a super dog.


Deep in the fog of his homeland is the origin and early history of this dog, which we also know as Picard. In the searches, one soon gets to a point where one capitulates resignedly.  Willi Schneider, the only chronicler in German to date who has studied the history of the French herding dog breeds, must be agreed when he writes: "Following in the footsteps of the Berger de Picardie, this lost son of French cynology, it often seems as if the 




fog of his homeland also lies on the tangled paths of his history." 


It is generally assumed that the Berger de Picardy is a very old breed, but concrete indications in the form of early sources informing us about its origin seem to exist very few. 


From the naturalist Louis Jean-Marie Daubenton, who died in Paris in 1799, is the wooden engraving "French shepherd with Dog" from the same period (1780), which shows a sitting shepherd with long standing ears and the hint of a short rough hair fur held by his shepherd on a rope. This dog bears quite a resemblance to a Berger Picard, even if its dark fur appears shorter overall.



Other contemporary illustrations suggest that this type of dog must have been more widespread in the 18th and 19th centuries in the north of France. 


All data and illustrations indicate that the Berger de Picardy or its direct ancestors must have existed as their own shepherd-stroke in the north of France at least since the 16th century. Therefore, it can be assumed that all rough-haired herd-dog breeds (Picard, Laekenois, Bouviers as well as rough-haired Dutch Shepherd) come from the same roots, whereby the Picard, together with the Bouviers of the Ardennes, probably represents and has preserved the most original type.

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