BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY:
The Picardy Shepherd has very ancient origins. He is can not assert that the Picardy Shepherd is strictly originating in the region of Picardy, it is possible, even likely that it has been spread throughout the northeast of Europe, being the dogs of pastor and typical farmers in this region.
In 1863 the first Picardy shepherds were valued at an exhibition in the same category as the Beaucerones and the Briards. In 1898 he began to be evident that the Picardy was a race. Paul Megnin outlined the first standard in 1922. The breed obtained its definitive recognition in 1925.
Race stalled something before World War II and after, a group of followers interested in reviving the race began to look for the origin of the most typical specimens for breeding in Picardy.
After many years during which the race Club struggled to gain official recognition, Mr. Robert Montenot, an eminent specialist canine, he founded “The friends of el Pastor Picardo” Club in 1955.
The club won the definitive recognition in 1959 and a new breed standard was adopted by the S.C.C. in 1964. The present standard was written by Mr. J.C. Larive, President of the club and its Committee in collaboration with Mr. r. Triquet. Although it is a well-known and appreciated pastor, it is a breed that is still rare in France.
The Picardy Shepherd is a medium-sized dog. It is solid, strong, well muscular and well built without being heavy. It is an elegant dog stopped during the movement. His expression loving, alert is characterized by its rustic appearance.
The Picardy Shepherd is a medium dog líneo (of average proportions). The length of the body from the tip of the shoulder to the tip of the ischium must be something greater than its height to the cross (from 5-8%). Females are generally slightly larger than the males. The skull and muzzle are of equal length.The distance from the elbow to the ground is equal to half of the height at the cross.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT:
The Picardy Shepherd is balanced, neither shy nor nervous temperament. It must be both obedient and fearless. These qualities allow you to carry out with ease their work which is to guide and protect the flock of sheep. It is also a good guardian of the home and an excellent family dog who loves the close contact with children.
Without being heavy, it must be proportionate to the body. Delicately Chiseled, it should not give the impression of being pointy. View profile lines of the skull and the muzzle are parallel. The type is marked by its rustic look, well marked brows (hair approximately of 4 cm. in length which should not cover the eye) with beard and moustache.
Skull: Seen head-on, the antecara should not be flat but if slightly convex with a minimal depression in the Center.
Stop: Only slightly defined, located at equal distance from the back of the head and the truffle.
Truffle: Well developed. Always in black.
Snout: Strong and not too long. It should not end in punta. The nasal bridge is straight. Presence of thin beard and whiskers.
Cheeks: They must be moderately round.
Lips: Well tight and fine.
Teeth: Strong jaws. Bite in scissors. The teeth should be complete.
Eyes: Horizontal, medium-sized, oval shaped, not prominent, dark color (the color can be more or less dark depending on the colour of the mantle but never more clear it avellana)
Ears: Size moderate, broad in its inclusion, high integration, always with a naturally erect growth with slightly rounded tips. It tolerates a divergent port but it isn’t picks.
Strong and muscular, long moderate clearly emerging from the shoulders to allow a high port.
The bone structure is strong, without exaggerations and muscles are thin.
Grupa:Slightly inclined and progressively towards the thigh.
Chest: It reaches the height of the elbow but not below. The measure of the right perimeter of chest taken immediately behind the elbows is greater than 1/5 of the height at the cross. Well arched ribs atop flattening gradually towards the breastbone.
Bottom line and belly: slightly upward.
At rest it must reach the height of the Hock joint and somewhat curved towards the end. During the movement can be carried higher but never on the back.
The hair on the tail has the same length as the body.
Well aplomados, seen from front or profile.
Shoulders: Long and sloping.
Elbows: Well glued to the body.
Arm: Right and good muscular.
Metacarpus: Tilted slightly forward.
Foot: Rounded, short and compact.
Well Parallels seen from behind and aplomados well seen in profile.
Thigh: Long and muscular well.
Knee: Strong articulation.
Hock: Moderately sloping, never too open or closed.
Foot: Rounded, short and compact. Without spurs or supernumerary digits. Firm pads. Dark nails.
Quick and free. So giving the impression of elegance as fluidity. Moderate scope of previous members, members remain parallel.
Rough, semi long. It should be crisp to the touch. You must measure between 5 – 6 cm. throughout the body including the tail. Subpelo fine and dense.
Griffon, Griffon with a dark, striped Griffon and gray outer layer that remains generally dark. Without large white markings (tolerate a small white mark in the backsplash and the edge of the foot).
Tight, without folds or Chin.
La cruz height: males: 60-65 cm.
Female: 55-60 cm.
Tolerance: + / – 1 cm.
Any deviation from the above criteria is considered missing and the seriousness of it is considered to the extent of the deviation to the standard and its effect on the health and welfare of the dog.
• Absence of 2 teeth except for FP4 the jaw lower (1 PM are not taken into account)
Bite • inverted without loss of contact
• Colored eyes clear.
• Tail curved over the back or excessively short.
• Hair with a tendency to curl it. Too crushed hair, less than 4 cm or more than 7 cm. straight or woolly hair.
• Very irregular members, especially after incorrect structure, excessive inclination toward the outside of the feet, cow garrón.
• Aggression or shyness.
• Lack of typicity.
• Prognathism or enognatismo with loss of contact of the incisors.
• Absence of 2 FP4 or more than 2 teeth other than FP4 (the PM1 is not taken into consideration)
• Different colored eyes or eyes clear to yellow.
• Not naturally erect ears.
• Tail: absence or rudimentary.
• Color: black, white, Harlequin or clear. Too much white in the backsplash, completely white feet and white in another place than the one established.
• Height not corresponding to the limits of the standard (including tolerance). Height 67 cm for the male and 62 cm for the single female can be tolerated in copies of exceptional quality.
Any dog showing clear signs of physical abnormalities or behavior should be disqualified.
Males should be two appear normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.