|Picardy Shepherd Kennel
Canadian Kennel Club Official Breed Standard
Sturdy looking dog, medium sized, with a hardy but elegant shape, robust, strong and well
built, with an intelligent, alert and lively look. This dog is characterized by his appearance
which is similar to that of the Griffon.
Between 60 and 65 cm. for the male, between 55 and 60 cm for the female.
Fault: Up to 2 cm over the limit.
Must be proportioned to overall size without being massive. Very slight stop, equidistant
from tip of nose to top of skull. Skull rather large but not exaggeratedly so. Hair
approximately 4 cm long. Eyebrows well defined without hiding the eyes. Fault: Stop too
pronounced or insufficient. Coat too short or too long. Eyebrows absent or too pronounced.
Viewed from the front it must not be flat but rather slightly arched with a slight depression in
the center of the frontal sinus. Fault: Not sufficiently arched or too arched, depression too
Must be neither too strong nor too flat, must be fairly round. Behind the cheeks, the hair is
of the same length as that of the body. Fault: Cheeks too full or too flaccid or not muscular
Strong, not too long, must not be pointed. The nose is always black, lips are dry and tight,
back of nose is straight. Slight moustache and beard. Fault: Muzzle too long, narrow or too
strong, pointed or too square, closed nose, measly spotted nose, commissures of the lips
coarse, fleshy lower lip, hooked bridge, absence of moustache or beard. (It is important to
remember that the hair on the head must be approximately 4 cm long and that both
moustache and beard must be clearly visible.)
Strong tightly closed with no superior or inferior prognathism.
Fault: Slight prognathism, 2 missing premolars, no CAC or reserve. Four premolars, none
excellent, caries (according to their severity), broken or cut teeth.
Medium size, with a large base, the base being set rather high on the head reminding one
of sheep’s ears, always naturally held straight, tips slightly rounded, a slight divergence in
the way they are held is tolerated. Length: 10 cm. Never more than 12 cm for a male of
Fault: Ears too large or resembling those of the Belgian Sheepdog, set too low or set too
close together on the head.
Medium size, not prominent, dark coloured, neither light nor parti-coloured, more or less
dark according to the colour of the coat (but in any case, never lighter than hazel).
Fault: Everything that does not correspond to the description. Expression: The expression
must be neither vicious nor suspicious.
Strong and muscular, of a good length, upright when in action and reachy at the shoulder,
carrying the head proudly.
Fault: Long skinny neck, short thick neck, neck that emerges abruptly from the shoulders,
Brisket deep without exaggeration, must not descend lower than the elbows, the perimeter
of the thoracic cage, taken from immediately behind the elbows, must be superior to 1/5 of
the height at the withers, the length of the body must be slightly superior to the height at
the withers, the back must be straight, the loins solid, ribs well arched in their upper third
then flattening out gradually towards the sternum, belly slightly tucked in, haunches melting
progressively into the buttocks, the bony structure apparent but without exaggeration.
Fault: According to the severity of the defect, body too heavy or too light, too long, too
leggy or too low to the ground, rib cage too flat or too curved, bouvier-shaped body,
haunches too straight or too tapered.
Hairy, with hair the same length as that of the body. At rest, the tail must reach the tip of
the hocks and hang straight with a slight curve at the end. In action, the tail may be held
higher but must never be held over the back.
Fault: Rat-tail, tail too hairy, too short, carried sideways, poorly carried.
Shoulders long and slanted imparting much ease to the movements, muscular without
being heavy, the legs are upright, timber is dry, joints are well marked without seeming
malformed, pasterns are slightly sloped from back to front giving suppleness to the limb
and facilitating quick stop.
Fault: Shoulders too long (Greyhound like) or too straight (Bouvier like), spindly or heavy,
too far apart or impeding movement, timber too slight or too heavy, joints weak or seeming
knotty, pastern too straight, or too slanted and pushing the foot too far forward.
The thighs are long and muscular. The upper portion of the thigh is fairly long, the knee-
joint is strong, the hindquarters must not be too straight nor too far behind, not too close
nor too open. There must be no disharmony between the thigh and the haunches, all must
merge together in a pleasant curve. Solid legs support the hindquarters strongly but
lissomly, timber is pronounced but not exaggerated. The hocks are moderately angulated,
neither too open nor too closed, not too high, a good angulation of the heel is absolutely
essential for our sheepdog. Hind cannons strong and dry, perpendicular to the ground
when standing, all limbs solidly upright when seen from all sides.
Fault: According to the severity of the defect.
Rounded and short, well closed, arched, nails short, strong and dark coloured. No
dewclaws or extra fingers, a dog with dewclaws is not disqualified but rather faulted. Firm
sole, showing a certain suppleness; being a plantar cushion, the sole must be capable of
absorbing part of the impact.
Fault: According to the severity of the defect
Harsh, semi-long, not curly, not lying flat, must be harsh and crunchy to the touch. The
length of the hair must be 5 to 6 cm over the whole of the body including the tail. Undercoat
fine and dense.
Fault: Hair or coat shorter than 4-1/2 cm, not sufficiently harsh, with a tendency to be curly
Grey, greyish-black, grey with blackish tinge, blue-grey, reddish-grey, light or dark fawn, or
a mixture of all these tinges. There must be no large white spot, a light white spot is
tolerated on the chest and on the tips of the feet
source: Canadian Kennel Club Official Breed Standards
GROUP VII HERDING DOGS VII-6
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