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Picardy Sheepdog (Imp)


Illustration of Picardy Sheepdog (Imp)

The striking outline of the Picardy sheepdog with its erect ears and harsh coat might bear some resemblance to the Briard and the Beauceron, and probably the breeds share some common ancestry. Indeed, when the first Picardy Sheepdogs were shown in France in 1863, they were shown in the same class as Beauceron and Briards.

Although this type of sheepdog is seen in artworks from the Middle Ages, the Picardy Sheepdog was not recognised until the first official standard was published in 1922.

The Pastoral Breed Group

The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.

Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.

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