Newsletter of the Berger Picard Club of America  Élevage 2018

The officers of the Berger Picard Club of America dedicate this show to the memory of long time and supporting club member
Maryse Dunn
Monsieur Alain Pécoult
Cheval Blanc, Provence
National Élevage Evaluations

Monsieur Alain Pécoult was born in Provence in 1950 and came to the dog world after being given a Pyrenean Sheepdog bitch in 1972. In 1978 he went onto the board of the Pyrenean club where he was treasurer then secretary, vice president and president until he decided that 40 years was long enough and resigned from the board in early May 2018.

Monsieur Pécoult has bred a few litters under the de la Bourguine kennel prefix. He naturally took a keen interest in the other French sheepdog breeds and also judges the Picard, the Briard and the Beauceron. In the US, he has judged Pyrenean Mountain Dog (Great Pyrenees), Pyrenean Shepherds, Leonbergers and Briards. He has also judged in most European countries, Japan, Israel, Australia. He is fluent in many languages! In France, he has judged the Picard at the Nationale d’Élevage, the SCC championship show, the European show… And of course he is very excited at the prospect of judging the breed in the States! 
Sweepstakes Judge
Krista Hansen, North Java, NY
4-6 month Puppy
Puppy and Veterans
Sweepstakes and Juniors Judge

Krista Hansen began her journey in dogs in 1984, with her first Collie. Together they learned how much fun it was to learn; for Krista she learned how to train a dog, and for her dog, Bonnie, she had fun earning treats and making Krista happy. It created a bond, that was the best reward of all!

While attending dog shows to compete in obedience, her interest in conformation shows and breeding was piqued. In 1989, she married David Hansen, DVM, DACVD and together they acquired their first show dog the same year. It has given them great pleasure to have produced numerous dogs who have gone on to earn conformation, obedience, herding, rally, nosework titles for themselves and their clients under the Camloch prefix. Out of their breeding, there have also been service dogs and therapy dogs.

In 2012, Krista became an AKC judge for her breed. She found it to be an enjoyable experience and started branching out to other breeds. Each new breed is a challenge which has broadened her understanding of the nuances of that breed.

She is an active member of the Collie Health Foundation, serving on promotions, and the Board of Directors and is currently Vice-President. She is also a member of the Collie Club of America, and the Rochester Collie Club.

Krista enjoys gardening, needle work, participating in obedience and herding with her Collies, and teaching handling classes.

It is an honor for her to be invited to judge sweepstakes and Junior Showmanship at the Berger Picard National Specialty. She can’t wait to get her hands on these beautiful dogs!
Salvatore Giannone
Lumbres, Ille, France Judge for our National Specialty

Originally from Sicilly, Italy, Monsieur Giannone moved to the Ille region of France to teach Physical Education and Biology. He is now retired professor but has always loved cynology, the study of dogs. He is fluent in several languages including English.

Monsieur Giannone has been breeding dogs (Beaucerons) since 1970. In 1986 he passed his judge's exams. He has been approved for several years now to judge the 1 st (herding) and 2 nd (working) groups for FCI and is under the supervision of the Société Centrale Canine.

In 2017 he judged the Pyrean Shepherd National in Lexington, Kentucky. He has judged national specialties for several breeds all over Europe, including the Nationale d’Élevage for the Berger Picards. He will be coming to America this year directly after judging the Picards in Dormat, France!
What is the Élevage?
Just like in France...

The Élevage is a chance to have your Picard evaluated by European experts, who have bred or judged Picards for many years, and to get a detailed written assessment of your Picard in a noncompetitive, learning environment.

Any Picard 8 weeks and over may participate. Puppies are rated separately from adults, but the process is the same whether the Picard is a neutered pet, a top show dog, a veteran, or an 8 week old. Individual dogs are evaluated by our invited expert, and then assigned an overall rating. The AKC Picard standard is used for evaluation.

At the end of two days of the Élevage, those dogs that received a rating of Excellent “Pre-select” return to the ring, and the evaluator will “Select” those whose overall high quality is worthy of recognition. During this process, the evaluator explains his reasoning, and points out the strong and weak points of each dog, selected or not. “Selection” is the culmination of the Élevage.

A pedigree and photo will be included with the entry for each Picard. These are published with the written evaluation by the judge/evaluator in the Élevage book, providing a permanent record. Your Picard must know how to trot on a leash, and stand with all four feet on the ground.

During the evaluation, your dog will have a nose to tail, hands-on examination. So, your Picard must be able tolerate this kind of exam by a stranger. You do not have to stack or bait, but you may if you choose.

Your Picard should be shown in its most natural state, free stacking and moving on a loose lead. The goal is to present your Picard at its natural best. More than one person may handle the dog, in and out of the ring. In fact, it’s easy to find someone to take your dog in the ring for you, if you are not comfortable.

Your dog can be shown with a regular or show collar, and you can be as dressy or casual as you like – it’s up to you!

The Élevage is about the qualities of the dog, not the handler. As evaluations are done singly, the evaluator’s attention is focused only on one dog, alone in the ring, at a time.

The Élevage book contains the breed history, club history, dog & breeder advertisements and evaluations of both intact and for exhibition only dogs and bitches.

For a short video on the Élevage book check this link out: Elevage Book 2011
American Temperament Testing
Character Test in France
For dogs over 18 months...

The America Temperament Test provides breeders a means for evaluating temperament and gives pet owners insight into their dog’s behavior. It can have an impact on breeding programs and in educating owners about their dog’s behavioral strengths and weaknesses.

Temperament is described as:
“the sum total of all inborn and acquired physical and mental traits and talents which determines, forms and regulates behavior in the environment”

The ATTS test focuses on and measures different aspects of temperament such as stability, shyness, aggressiveness, and friendliness as well as the dog’s instinct for protectiveness towards its handler and/or self-preservation in the face of a threat. The test is designed for the betterment of all breeds of dogs and takes into consideration each breed’s inherent tendencies.

The test simulates a casual walk through the park or neighborhood where everyday life situations are encountered. During this walk, the dog experiences visual, auditory and tactile stimuli. Neutral, friendly and threatening situations are encountered, calling into play the dog’s ability to distinguish between non-threatening situations and those calling for watchful and protective reactions.

Dogs are tested the same way at the Nationale d'Elevage in France.

For more information, check out this
Herding Titled Dog & Bitch
A new non-licensed class offered this year at our National is Herding Titled Dog and Bitch. This class is open to dogs or bitches with an AKC herding title (HT, PT, HS, HI, HX, HC). The herding titled class is a non-regular class with no points earned for the win. 
So, if a dog is entered in both a regular class and the herding titled class, and doesn’t win its regular class it is not eligible to compete further.

Entrants must be intact. Winners are eligible to compete for Best of Breed. This is similar to the Working Class or "Envoyer le titre pour la classe travail" that is offered at the the Nationale d’Élevage in France. This ensures that our breeders and owners are herding with their dogs which is what they are bred to do. Board member, Jackie Lundy championed this class and has supported trophies for both the dogs and the bitches.
T-shirts and lots more!

Get ready for the National by purchasing a t-shirt or lots of other gear from our Cafe Press boutique! The club makes a small profit!

Schedule of Events
Élevage & National Specialty 2018


Friday, Saturday & Sunday, September 28-30th
Rally & Obedience Trial
Monroe, Michigan
Also Saturday & Sunday Supported Conformation Shows

Saturday & Sunday September 29-30
Herding Trial
Sheepsmith Farm 6465 Hinchey Rd, Pinckney, MI 48169

All following events will be held at Fulton County Fairgrounds in Wauseon, Ohio (near Toledo)

Monday October 1

8 am Tracking Seminar (with Briard Club)
8 am Barn Hunt Seminar - Emily Wright
Please visit for a premium/sign up form. 

10 am BPCA Board meeting

Early afternoon Judges Education for Breeders OPEN TO ALL
Training and evaluation for judges education presenters and mentors immediately following, VOTING MEMBERS ONLY

Late afternoon Annual General Meeting- Host Hotel
After AGM Wine and Cheese Social at Host hotel

Tuesday October 2
Sales Arena building at Fairgrounds
9 am American Temperament Testing
For more information click here:

8am-4pm Elevage evaluations (1 hour break at noon)
Evaluator-Alain Pécoult
TBA Evening Handling Seminar-Billie E. Green
TBA Grooming Seminar-Valerie Black

Wednesday October 3
Sales Arena building at Fairgrounds
8am-4pm Elevagé evaluations (1 hour break at noon)
Evaluator-Alain Pécoult
TBA Evening Health Presentation-Dr. Jim Bridge, DVM

The Briard club has invited the BPCA to join them for a Bonfire (with S’mores)

Thursday October 4
Spangler Arena at Fairgrounds
8 am Selections-Alain Pécoult

CGC/CGCA testing-Leanne Chase

B-B-Que lunch with the Briard Club at Noon

1 pm
Judge Krista Hansen
4-6 month Beginner Puppy competition
Veteran and Puppy Sweepstakes Classes
Junior Showmanship

Dinner for Judges at Barn Restaurant at Sauder Village
Buffet-All You Can Eat American Food

Friday October 5
Spangler Arena at Fairgrounds
9 am National Specialty, immediately following group photo
7:30pm Judges dinner-Sullivan’s restaurant.

Saturday & Sunday October 6 & 7
Supported entries at Fulton County Kennel Club Show

Please visit the club’s website at for updates to the schedule

First offered in 2013 by Jacqueline Carswell and Patty Newgard of Carnasserie Kennels, this beautiful 12 inch Silver Plated Georgian Cup rests on a 6” Cherry Wood Base. The Challenge Trophy is National Specialty Winner’s trophy for the Berger Picard Club of America. Each year the name of the Best of Breed of the BPCA National Specialty along with the name of his/her owner(s) will be engraved on an individual plate attached to one of the three sides. For permanent possession, this trophy has to be won three times by the same owner, not necessarily with the same dog nor at consecutive shows. The trophy remains in the club’s possession until its retirement.

Picture Frame Memento Trophy offered by BPCA President Valerie Black

10” Pewter Footed Revere Bowl on a Pewter Base offered by the Berger Picard Club of America in memory of Maryse Dunn

  • Best of Opposite Sex to Best of Breed. 8” Pewter Footed Revere Bowl offered by Allyn Babitch.
  • Select Dog. 9” Pewter Oval Tray & Rosette offered by Ellen Lucas.
  • Select Bitch. 9” Pewter Oval Tray & Rosette offered by Lexandra Creitz & Steve Lepper.
  • Award of Merit. 4” plated silver coaster offered by Berger Picard Club of America.
  • Best of Winners. 9” Pewter Oval Tray & Rosette offered by Denise Dean.
  • Winners Dog. 6” Pewter Revere Bowl & Rosette offered by Jim and Leslie Bridge.
  • Winners Bitch. 6” Pewter Revere Bowl & Rosette offered by Toni Vincent.
  • Reserve Winners Dog. 5” Pewter Revere Bowl & Rosette offered by Tootie Longo & Betsy Richards.
  • Reserve Winners Bitch. 5” Pewter Revere Bowl & Rosette offered by Kathleen Owsley & Deb Dickerson.
  • Puppy, 6 & Under 9 Months Dogs. Pewter Jefferson Cup & Rosette offered by Diane Cocos.
  • Puppy, 9 & Under 12 Months Dogs. Pewter Jefferson Cup & Rosette offered by Wadia Mulla.
  • 12 & Under 18 Months Dogs Pewter Jefferson Cup & Rosette offered by Tina Stewart.
  • Amateur-Owner-Handler Dogs. Pewter Jefferson Cup & Rosette offered by Celestia Lensky.
  • Bred by Exhibitor Dogs. Pewter Jefferson Cup & Rosette offered by Marlene Davy.
  • American-Bred Dogs. Pewter Jefferson Cup & Rosette offered by Bob McCarthy.
  • Open Dogs. Pewter Jefferson Cup & Rosette offered by Denise Williams
  • Puppy, 6 & Under 9 Months Bitches. Pewter Jefferson Cup & Rosette offered by Laura Van Faasen.
  • Puppy, 9 & Under 12 Months Bitches. Pewter Jefferson Cup & Rosette offered by Marcy & Marcus Grauerholz.
  • 12 & Under 18 Months Bitches. Pewter Jefferson Cup & Rosette offered by Emily Wright.
  • Amateur-Owner-Handler Bitches. Pewter Jefferson Cup & Rosette offered by Lynda Heise.
  • Bred by Exhibitor Bitches. Pewter Jefferson Cup & Rosette offered by Sharon Johnson.
  • American-Bred Bitches. Pewter Jefferson Cup & Rosette offered by Mary Killigrew Wood.
  • Open Bitches. Pewter Jefferson Cup & Rosette offered by Renee Smith.
  • Best Puppy. 7” Gallery Edged Pewter Plate & Rosette offered by Kara French.
  • Best Bred by Exhibitor. 7” Gallery Edged Pewter Plate & Rosette offered by Jacqueline Carswell.
  • Best Veteran. 7” Gallery Edged Pewter Plate & Rosette offered Sharon Knowles.
  • Veteran Dogs. 6 oz Pewter Woodbury Cup & Rosette offered by Ellie Pieper.
  • Veteran Bitches. 6 oz Pewter Woodbury Cup & Rosette offered by Beth Toraason.
  • Herding Titled Dog. 6 oz Pewter Woodbury Cup & Rosette offered by Jacky Lundy.
  • Herding Titled Bitch 6 oz Pewter Woodbury Cup & Rosette offered by Jacky Lundy.
  • Stud Dogs. 5.5” Pewter Cachepot & Rosette offered by Janice Billingsley.
  • Brood Bitches. 5.5” Pewter Cachepot & Rosette offered by Valerie Black.
  • Best in Sweepstakes Veterans 7" Woodbury Pewter Bowl & Rosette offered by Judy Thompson.
  • Best in Sweepstakes Puppy 7" Woodbury Pewter Bowl & Rosette offered by Shari Fischer.
  • Best Junior Handler Pewter Paw Print Box & Rosette offered by Liz Hansen.
  • Best 4 to 6 Month Puppy 4" Pewter Dog Dish offered by Pat Policastro

Friday October 5, 2018
Sullivan's Restaurant

Please join us in recognizing and honoring our esteemed judges at 7:30pm for a judges’ dinner at Sullivan’s Restaurant after the National Show.
Address:141 N. Fulton St, Wauseon OH.

Comments will be given by our judges.

All dinners include salad, non alcoholic beverage, dessert, tax and 20% gratuity. $35.00 per person.

Dinner Choices: Cheese stuffed tortellini/chicken, Beef tips/garlic mashed potatoes or Grilled Salmon/wild rice Please RSVP to
Returning from last year:

Amanda Torres

Amanda Torres, did an excellent job capturing our dogs at last year's Nationals and for the AKC Canine College for Judges Education. She will be taking pictures this year of our dogs for the Elevage book and the winners of our National. There will also be a giant group shot done on Friday morning right before we start the show.

Photos can be viewed and purchased on her website:
Phone:  407-967-6020

No other photographer may take photos at this event with the purpose of selling the images.
There are several ways to enter the Elevage and to sign up to volunteer and RSVP the various events.

For National Specialty: See Premium List for instructions.

Online Elevage Registration Form- the easy way:

Online Elevage Volunteer Sign Up Form- the easy way:

Not that computer savvy? Then you can download this form and fill out, either on your computer or by hand and send back to Celestia Lensky @ :

To pay for entries and Friday's judges Dinner go to the bottom of the page here:
Every year the BPCA puts on a silent auction to raise funds for various club activities. This year the purpose of the auction is to raise funds for Judges Education Funds. We encourage breeders and exhibitors to donated baskets or items that our members would crave to own. Set up starts on Tuesday and closes right after Sweeps on Thursday afternoon. If you are unable to attend but would like to donate, contact Barb Silkworth at
DNA Blood Draw
Every year the BPCA does a blood draw for the purpose of banking our dog's blood for future research. This is a requirement for a CHIC number and the BPCA Health Fund pays the OFA fees. Liz Hansen will be drawing blood every evening after the day's events. If you know how to draw blood or how to hold a dog, please, sign up to volunteer!
Regenerative Medicine

Berger Picard Club of America's Health Director, Dr. Jim Bridge, DVM will be giving a seminar to our club and the Briard Club on Wednesday evening on Regenerative Medicine-What is the Newest Option! .what it is, what it can do for your dogs and when to choose it. How it can repair injuries, growth and birth defects, and often avoid the need for surgery. If time allows, short update on canine influenza outbreaks this year. . Please sign up on the sign up page and plan to attend.
Holiday Inn Express Host Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Wauseon, Ohio
$115 per night plus $50 pet fee for the whole week

Visit their website here: Holiday Inn Express Wauseon

See premium list for more nearby dog friendly hotels.

If interested in camping at the show site go to this link: