Below you'll find information about health information, helpful links and more about the Berger Picard breed.
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About The Breed:
The Berger Picards are herding dogs and if you've never had a herding dog before, they can have a lot of drive and be strong willed. They DO have an "off button" though and will be eager to lounge around with their owners, as long as they get to be with them.
I think this description of the breed is one of the best http://www.vetstreet.com/dogs/berger-picard
Realize that this breed isn't for everyone. I have learned more patience having a Picard. They are animated and fun, but this also means they do things that aren't always funny to us humans.
Some have a really strong "prey" drive in they want to stop things. Some times it will be their humans, sometimes it's kids, or cats or chickens.
If you'd like to learn more about the breed, I'll be glad to share my experiences with you!
Raw Feeding and Natural Rearing
All of my dogs are fed a diet of whole raw meat and bones for human grade meats. I finally decided in 2009 to go to a raw diet due to one of my non-Picards that was having issues and all of the dogfood recalls and issues arising from them. Since then, I have never looked back!
My dogs have beautiful, clean teeth from the bones they get (yes, it's safe) and from the species specific diet. My Picards do not have issues with gaining weight and they rejoice at meal time! I also make my own dog snacks just by dehydrating meat. Feeding raw can actually be cheaper than premium dog foods and is worth the little bit of extra effort.
There is more support and information about raw feeding than ever before. If you're fortunate enough to find a vet that supports raw fed animals, you're fortunate!
Along with keeping the chemical load down by feeding whole foods, we also keep the chemical load down by not giving vaccinations or medicines that are not needed. My dogs get the proper vet care when needed, but since we prevent fleas and ticks in other ways, we don't use the harmful pesticides the vets recommend.