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Briard Information

Name Briard
Other Name Berger de Brie, Berger Briard
Origin France
Build Type Large
Life Cycle 11-13 years
Group Herding
Character Intelligent, Loyal, Obedient, Alert, Independent, Protective
Height Male: 23-27 inches
Female: 22-26 inches
Weight Male: 50-90 pounds
Female: 40-70 pounds
Color Black, Grey, Tawny, White, Black & Grey, Black & Tawny
Average price 1100 US$

Qualities

Good with Kids ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Child Friendly ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Cat Friendly ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Dog Friendly ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Trainability ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Shedding ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Watchdog ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Intelligence ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Grooming ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Popularity ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Adaptability ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆
Hypoallergenic No

Briard

Overview

The Briard is a happy-natured, active and lively sheepdog. Self-sufficient, most of them think and decide their own; this makes them a little challenging during training. This breed is sensitive, protective and alert while herding the flock, being wary of strangers and acute sense of hearing, they make strong watchdogs. The excellent family pet, these dogs are sociable, they get along with other pets including dogs and cats quite well if grown together. They are cheerful, affectionate and caring playmate of children. This intelligent dog has praised applications in police and military departments besides enthusiastic family companion.

The Briard is sturdy, powerful and agile breed enriched with speed and stamina. The build is square-proportioned in its early age while becomes slightly longer in length than in height on its maturity. The breed is able to herd for all day long without feeling of tiredness. The gait is a combination of watchful trait and quick reactions; they possess good turning ability and penetration into the flock. Its coat is long and dense while straight or slightly curvy which needs regular maintenance, brushing to avoid matting and removal of dead hairs. The overall expression is alert and keen.

The ancient Briard has been depicted in 8th and 12th centuries. This dog is amongst the most popular and loved breeds of France since the middle Ages. The ancient use was to safeguard flocks and cattle from wild predators including wolves and poachers. The application of this dog became peaceful after French Revolution and most of them were used as farm dog, herding and cattle driving dogs. Mr. Pierre Megnin differentiated these sheepdogs in two types; one with short coat was named Beauceron while the other with long coat became popular as Briard. The dog was firstly shown in Paris dog show during 1863. These sheepdogs had reputation of being strong defender of flock with incline to snap or bite in protection of their charge. Selective breeding efforts made them slight soft and moderate in reactions. Marquis de Lafayette, one French man is believed to be the first introducer of Briard to United States, however another name Mr. Thomas Jefferson is also prominent for this introduction. The breed was officially recognized by the AKC in 1928 and was placed in herding dog category.

Temperament

The Briard is an excellent family dog, easy in training, intelligent and loyal. Some can be a little stubborn due to its independent nature, which is necessarily required by herding dogs to take decision of their own when on field. They are very polite, playful and enthusiastic when surrounded by the children, eager to be noticed by the family and willing for jobs. Their happiest nature make them perfect sociable breed, they afford all pets at home and get along well with them if grown together. The tenderness of the behavior has won the title of “a heart wrapped in fur".

The protective trait is augmented by its suspicious and inquiring glance besides excellent sensitivity of hearing in its surrounding. This breed is quick learner when it comes to training, although its independent instinct causes some challenges yet willing to obey and act according to owner’s commands. The effectiveness of training is based on establishment of right order of the pack and controlling them as pack leader. Owner should establish rule of communication with dog and ensure that the dog knows its position in the list of pack order. Hard handling while socializing would cause building of uncertain behaviors and destructive temperaments in them. The Briard puppies should be introduced to new peoples, animals and places during puppyhood which would result in a positive Briard dog for family. Nipping at heels is not unusual as all herding dogs have nature of bringing the flock in some order of discipline, additionally, they can push, nudge or bark at their flock to stay grouped.

The Briard dog needs adequate amount of exercises for physical and mental stimulation every day. Keep them busy or share play session with them, accompany them in walks and other outdoor activities. Its long fur requires regular grooming; brush them daily to avoid matting and debris. Clipping of hairs near muzzle, nose, ears and eyes are necessary. Further, check ears periodically for any infections.

Owner Should Know

  1. The Briard dog requires healthy grooming. Its long coat is subject to matting and may carry debris of the environmental particles. Regular brushing is suggested.
  2. The breed is highly independent during puppyhood; address the issue immediately to bring the dog under the owner’s commands. If this matter is not tackled, the resulting dog would be an out of control Briard.
  3. They hold strong aggression towards strangers while dominating to other pets, again these issues require early treatment. Socialize the dog from its puppyhood and introduce them with new peoples, pets and places.
  4. The Briards are eager to stay connected with their families; they feel the absence of any one member if gone out for a considerable time. They tend to get bored and suffer separation anxiety when left alone or placed away from the family.
  5. Seek for reputed and trustworthy breeders or suppliers to get healthy puppies, ensure puppies are clinically checked and are disease free.

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