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Description: The Briard a big-hearted, gentle loving dog. Briards are totally devoted and loyal to their owners and will guard them with their life. Intelligent and easy to train, the Briard makes and a wonderful family pet and excellent watchdog. Their herding instincts are strong and it would be wise to give them plenty of space, considering they are large dogs. Briards are among the most popular herding dogs from France, the others being the Picardy Shepherd, Beauceron, and Pyrenean. Briards are said to have previously had shyness and aggression problems in the 1970s, but careful selection in breeding since then has provided good natured pets. They are said to be in likeness of the Beauceron, with long hair. They have shaggy, coarse hair that can be straight or slightly wavy. Their ears are naturally dropped, but for show are cropped. Their tails are long and bushy, and the front legs are bowed. The dogs still retain their ability to guard and herd, and use it accordingly. Chiens Berger de Brie are affectionate and playful with family but wary of strangers. They are big dogs with an impressive stature and loving heart.
Other Names: Chien Berger de Brie (Shepherd Dog of Brie)
Type: Herding Dog
Females: 22 - 25.5 inches; Males: 23 - 27 inches.
black, or with white hairs scattered through black coat; fawn in all shades.
Briards come in any uniform color except white.
are lively, protective and active. They have a strong herding instinct, as well
as instinct to guard family. They are intelligent, loyal, and obedient. They
learn quickly and offer affection to friends and family by being playful. They
are wary of strangers but well mannered among family.
Watch-dog: Very High.
Their acute sense of smell and sight allow them to be on the ball about new
sights and sounds.
Care and Training:
Regularly brushing of the Briards coat is necessary to keep them clean and mat
free. Briards do not need as much exercise as some of the herding breeds, but
they still need the opportunity to stretch, have daily walks and run in open
areas if possible.
Health Issues: Occasionally PRA (progressive retinal atrophy), gastric torsion, hip dysplasia, and bloat. Bloat is a health issue to most dogs, being the second largest killer of dogs other than cancer, but Briards can be particularly susceptible to it because of their deep chests.
Life Span: 10 -13 years.
Country of Origin:
First Registered by the AKC:
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