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  1. Hello,
    I would like to join the Berger Picard Club of America and I need a sponsor. I am new to the breed. I have a 4 month old puppy and am interested in showing him. I live in So. California and would love to meet anyone who has a Picard in this area.

    Thank you,
    Jennie Nichols
    Santa Clarita, CA

    1. There are several members of the BPCA that live in the area. Please contact your area representative, Beth Toraason by email to find a sponsor.

  2. We were wondering if anyone in your breed group would be interested in participating in an Adult Dog CHD OFA biomarker study. This is Dr. Carin Ahner’s study that is just starting up. We would need blood and Urine sample. We provide the blood tubes and urine collection cup plus pay for the shipping. This will have to be sent to your Vet and they will receive the items needed and send back after samples are taken. If interested please call Dr. Ahner and she will give more information on project.

    Dr. Ahner is looking for Normal, Mild & Moderate hip dysplasia in dogs. Lab phone number is 573-884-0603.

    Thank you for your time.

    Mary K. Cockrell Romesburg
    University of Missouri-Columbia
    Comparative Orthopaedic Lab
    Research Specialist
    1600 E. Rollins St.
    Vet. Med. Bldg. – Room E207
    Columbia, MO 65211

  3. Hi,
    I was wondering when and where your next national specialty will be held. I am interested in meeting breeders and learning more about the breed.
    Cindy Rum

  4. We are waiting for AKC approval but it is set up for Sept 11 at Purina Farms outside of St. Louis. However we are doing supported enteries around the country, depending on where you live. Check the club facebook page.

  5. I read your article about the eye problems of picards. I have since 4 weeks a 6-year-old picard that needed replacement. After investigation at the vet clinique for eye problems it turned out that she has bad sight and PRA as well as CMR. The former owner (in Denmark) ‘forgot’ to tell me about this. I had not noticed this until we came home with her in The Netherlands. There is no cure for PRA but there are some antioxidant supplements available that may slow down the deterioration of the dog’s sight.

    Could you please tell me which supplements are available?

    Thank you very much in advance!

    1. The BPCA is very sorry about this. Please contact the French club about this. I know they collect blood from time to time for DNA banking.

      As far as supplements, it is the same ones elderly people use for their eyes. Speak with your veterinarian about this.

  6. Dear AKC herding breeds,

    I am writing to find out some information about what you do about your breed’s height requirements at your Nationals (if you have height restrictions). Do you measure before Nationals or do you just have the judge or participator call the wicket? We are just wondering if things are consistent overall in AKC or if each club does their own process for height. We would so appreciate your time is copying and pasting these three questions with answers according to your breed in an email to Curt Fuller at ftsappy@magiclink.com

    1. State your herding breed and requirements for disqualification.
    2. What do you do to ensure your breed stays in breed standard at your Nationals?
    3. Can you tell us anymore information that would be helpful, not listed?

    Thank you so much for your time,
    Heather Moran

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