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All About Briard


Description of a Briard

Briards are muscular, large hunting dogs standing from twenty-two to twenty-seven inches height and weighing an average of seventy-five pounds. It has a slightly wavy, long, coarse, double coat which is generally tawny, gray, or black. The adult Briards have bushy, attractive coats deeper in color than their yearling coats, with hair reaching lengths of six inches or more. Briards have shaggy, bushy eyebrows, beards, and mustaches. Their ears are either cropped or left natural and their muzzles long, square, with a black nose. Briard’s tails are feathered and long and they have an elegant gait that makes them seem like they are almost floating.

Temperament of a Briard

Briards are faithful, devoted family dogs that are loving and protective but usually reserved with strangers. Although very independent, they love to please their owners. Socialization and training are important and should start at an early age. Training a Briard often presents some challenges, so owners need to be loving, patient, consistent and firm. When raised and socialized properly at an early age, Briards usually make good natured, loving family pets but they will not tolerate teasing, so are better suited to older children. These very intelligent dogs have a great memory, good hearing and a natural herding ability, which they sometimes attempt on family members.

Grooming & Shedding of a Briard

To keep Briards looking healthy and attractive, they require brushing and combing at least every other day or their coats will matt. Their coat, similar to goats, is strong and coarse so expels water and dirt without much difficulty. They shed very little if you keep them well groomed and brushed often. Remove any excess hair between their footpads and be sure their ears are clean and free of excessive hair.

History of the Briard

Briards have been around for many centuries with many famous people, such as Thomas Jefferson, Napoleon, and Charlemagne owning them. They used these ancient dogs as guards and sheepherders. Because of their wonderful hearing abilities, the French army used Briards to hunt for wounded solders, carry messengers, and as sentries. After the 1863 Paris dog show, the Briard’s popularity increased. This was partly due to crossing them with the barbet and beauceron to achieve an improved look for the Briard. Many believe that they named the Briard after Brie, a French province or Aubry of Mont Didier who owned one. Today’s Briard are esteemed companion dogs and still serves as flock guardians and herders.

Health Issues with a Briard

  • Major Concerns: bloat (gastric torsion), canine hip dysplasia
  • Minor Concerns: nightblindness
  • Occasionally seen: cardiac problems, progressive retinal atrophy (PRA)
  • Suggested tests: heart, hip, eye

Characteristics of the Briard

Height Males 24-27 inches (62-68 kg) Females 22-25 inches (56-64 cm)
Weight 74 pounds (35 kgs)
Lifespan 10-12
Exercise High to medium
Apartment No
Families Yes
Young Children Yes – with socialization and training
Need exercise space Yes – require room to move about outdoors

Signs specifically designed for the Briard

Hand made Dog signs for your Vehicles & Homes or just to Raise Awareness.

Signs specifically designed for the Briard

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