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Berger Picard vs Shih Tzu vs Miniature Schnauzer – Which one is a better dog breed for you?

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Name Berger Picard Shih Tzu Miniature Schnauzer
OriginsFrance China Germany
Group Working Dogs Companion Dogs Hunting Dogs
Popularity Rank1462018
Reviews032
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Other Names Berger de Picardie, Picardy Shepherd, Picardy Sheepdog Chinese Lion Dog, Chrysanthemum Dog Zwergschnauzer
Breed Type Purebred Purebred Purebred
AKC Group Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 2015 as a Herding breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1969 as a Toy breed. Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1926 as a Terrier breed.
FCI Group Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section. Recognized by FCI in the Companion and Toy Dogs group, in the Tibetan breeds section. Recognized by FCI in the Pinscher and Schnauzer - Molossoid and Swiss Mountain and Cattledogs group, in the Pinscher and Schnauzer type section.
Breed Recognition American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club United Kennel Club American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club Canadian Canine Registry American Canine Registry American Kennel Club America's Pet Registry Canadian Kennel Club Dog Registry of America Inc. Federation Cynologique Internationale Kennel Club of Great Britain North American Purebred Registry, Inc. American Canine Association, Inc. Australian National Kennel Council Continental Kennel Club National Kennel Club New Zealand Kennel Club United Kennel Club
Price $2000-$2500 $800-$1200 $600-$1000

General Appearance - Berger Picard vs Shih Tzu vs Miniature Schnauzer

Size Large Small Small
Weight 51–71 lb (23–32 kg) 9–16 pounds (4-7 kg) Male: 11-18 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 10-15 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg)
Avg. Weight 61 lb (27.5 kg) 9–16 pounds (5.5 kg) Male: 14.5 pounds (5.0-8.2 kg), Female: 12.5 pounds (4.5-6.8 kg)
Height Male: 24-26 inches (61–66 cm), Female: 22–24 inches (56–61 cm) 8-11 inches (20-28 cm) Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm)
Avg. Height Male: 25 inches (63.5 cm), Female: 23 inches (58.5 cm) 9.5 inches (24 cm) Male: 14 inches (35.6 cm), Female: 13 inches (33.0 cm)

Hair & Care - Berger Picard vs Shih Tzu vs Miniature Schnauzer

Coat Wiry Waterproof Double Dense Wiry
Colors Brindle Gray Fawn Brindle Liver Silver Blue Gold Red Black Salt Pepper Silver Black
Grooming
Average: The Berger Picard requires average grooming effort.
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
Advanced: The Miniature Schnauzer requires a lot of grooming.
Shedding Level
Berger Picards shed moderately.
Shih Tzus shed none to minimal.
Miniature Schnauzers shed none to minimal.

Characteristics - Berger Picard vs Shih Tzu vs Miniature Schnauzer

Temperament Assertive Intelligent Mellow Energetic Lively Stubborn Active Friendly Happy Lively Playful Courageous Gentle Intelligent Outgoing Alert Friendly Obedient Fearless Intelligent Spirited
Intelligent Rank
Average: Berger Picard's has average obedience intelligence.
Low: The Shih Tzu if one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
Very smart: Miniature Schnauzer is an excellent dog breed.
Trainability
Berger Picards are quite easy to train.
Shih Tzus are quite easy to train.
Miniature Schnauzers are easy to train.
Playfulness
The Berger Picard is a highly playful breed.
Shih Tzus are not the most playful dog breed.
Miniature Schnauzers, like any other dog breed, like playing.
Sensitivity Level
Berger Picards don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits.
Shih Tzus have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed.
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds.
Affection Level
Berger Picards are highly affectionate dogs.
Shih Tzus are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Miniature Schnauzers are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers.
Social Needs
Berger Picards need for social interaction is average.
Shih Tzus need a lot of social interaction.
Miniature Schnauzers are a social breed.
Barking
Average: The Berger Picard barks occasionally.
High: The Shih Tzu is a very vocal breed.
Average: The Miniature Schnauzer barks occasionally.
Watchdog Ability
Berger Picards are good watchdogs.
Shih Tzus are average watchdogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are one of the best watchdogs.
Territorial
Berger Picards strongly protect their territory.
Shih Tzus strongly protect their territory.
Miniature Schnauzers strongly protect their territory.
Biting Potential Low
The Berger Picard has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of biting somebody.
Low
The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of biting somebody.
Mouthiness
Berger Picards have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Shih Tzus have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Miniature Schnauzers have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Berger Picards tend to escape less than other breeds.
Shih Tzus tend to escape less than other breeds.
Miniature Schnauzers have average wanderlust potential.
Prey Drive
Berger Picards have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen.
Shih Tzus have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Miniature Schnauzers have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds.
Apartment Friendly
Berger Picards are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
Shih Tzus are very apartment-friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are not the best choice for an apartment lifestyle, but they don't mind being inside if you walk them several times every day.
Adaptability
Berger Picards adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
Shih Tzus adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Miniature Schnauzers adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Just like every puppy, they are prone to panic, cry, bark, whine when they left alone by their owner.
Shih Tzus tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Miniature Schnauzers do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With - Berger Picard vs Shih Tzu vs Miniature Schnauzer

Stranger Friendly
Berger Picards are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are average friendly towards strangers.
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Berger Picards are very kid-friendly dogs.
Shih Tzus are not the most kid-friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are kid-friendly dogs.
Cat Friendly
Berger Picards are average friendly towards cats.
Shih Tzus are very cat-friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Berger Picards are average friendly towards other dogs.
Shih Tzus are very dog-friendly dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly No
Berger Picard is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Shih Tzu is not the best dog breed for office environment.
No
Miniature Schnauzer is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Berger Picards are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Shih Tzus are not the best breed for elderly people.
Miniature Schnauzers are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Berger Picards are generally with other pets.
Shih Tzus are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Miniature Schnauzers are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners No
Berger Picards are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Yes
Shih Tzus are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
No
Miniature Schnauzers are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog.
Therapy Dog Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people.
Boat Dog Not really
Berger Picard breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Not really
Shih Tzu breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Yes
Miniature Schnauzer breed usually likes being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling.

Health Factors - Berger Picard vs Shih Tzu vs Miniature Schnauzer

Health Issues
Berger Picards tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
The Shih Tzu is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems Eye Infections Hip Dysplasia Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Retinal Dysplasia Allergies Bladder Stones Distichiasis Dry Eye Ear Infections Ectopic Cilia Hip Dysplasia Juvenile Renal Dysplasia Keratitis Patellar Luxation Portosystemic Liver Shunt Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) Proptosis Retained Baby Teeth Reverse Sneezing Snuffles Umbilical Hernias Cataracts Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare infection (MAI) Progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
Life Expectancy 12-15 years 10-16 years 12-14 years
Hypoallergenic No Yes Yes
Energy Level
Berger Picards are high energy dogs.
Shih Tzus have a lower energy level than other dogs.
Miniature Schnauzers are high energy dogs.
Exercise Need
Berger Picards need a lot of exercises.
Shih Tzus exercise need is minimal.
Miniature Schnauzers have an average exercise need.
Sleeping Need
Berger Picards don't need too much sleep.
Shih Tzus like sleeping so they do sleep a lot.
Miniature Schnauzers don't need too much sleep.
Avg. daily food consumption 4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals. Recommended daily amount: 1/2 to 1 cup of high-quality dry food a day. 1/2 to 1 cup dry food a day.
Weight Gain Potential
Average.
Average to High.
Average to High.
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Berger Picard can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Tolerates warm and cold weather. Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Miniature Schnauzer can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness Medium
The Berger Picard has an average chance of bad smell.
Low
The Shih Tzu has a low chance of bad smell.
Low
The Miniature Schnauzer has a low chance of bad smell.
Drooling tendency
The Berger Picard is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Shih Tzu is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
The Miniature Schnauzer is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.

Reproducibility - Berger Picard vs Shih Tzu vs Miniature Schnauzer

Gestation Length 60-64 days 60-64 days 60-64 days
How often can the have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy.
Litter Size 2-10 puppies, average 6 2-5 puppies 3-6 puppies

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