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Breed Group: Herding
Briard

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Weight
75-100 lbs
Height
Male: 23-27; Female: 22-25.5 inches
Color(s)
all uniform colors except white (includes black, tawny, and gray shades)
Overview
This breed was originally used to guard and herd flocks of sheep. The Briard, known for centuries, have been owned by such historical figures as Napoleon, Thomas Jefferson, Lafayette, and Charlemagne. With its heightened sense of hearing, this breed was often used by the French Army to search for wounded soldiers. Today, the Briard is an esteemed companion dog and continues to serve as a guardian and herder.
Character
The Briard is a rugged and agile medium sized dog. They are unique in appearance and possess an almost human-like quality. This breed is exceptionally powerful and has a commanding presence. They are commonly referred to as "a heart wrapped in fur".
Temperament
A protective, smart, loving and loyal breed, the Briard makes a wonderful family pet. Once they have bonded with their family they become totally committed for their entire lifespan. Human contact is essential, and they are happiest in the home as part of the family. They are aloof with strangers, and do not respond readily or easily to any type of change unless they are assured that the change is for the good. The Briard is sensitive and obedient, but definitely have a mind of its own. They are good-natured and get along well with children they are raised with provided they are not teased. This breed may be aggressive toward other dogs without proper introduction. It is important to remember that the Briard's nature is that of a herder and they will attempt to perform this task on anything and everything that moves.
Care
The Briard's coat is dirt and water shedding, and if groomed well shed very little. They require daily brushing and combing to prevent matting. Bathing should only be done when absolutely necessary. Frequent bathing will harm the coat and make it more difficult to groom. Their ears must be kept clean. They are generally healthy, but may have a tendency to develop PRA, hip dysplasia, and cataracts.
Coat
The Briard has a long double coat. The outer coat is often described as goat-like. It is slightly wavy and is dry and harsh in texture. This breed has long hair that covers the eyes and is usually pinned up. They have a distinctive beard, mustache, and eyebrows. The under coat is fine in texture and provides insulation from the harsh and cold climates this breed once worked in. The color of the coat comes in gray, black, or multiple variations of fawn.
Training
Intense and extensive socialization beginning at an early age is absolutely mandatory for this breed. The Briard has an excellent memory and is very trainable. They require a firm owner that is able to take charge. If this breed is not raised properly they can be extremely unfriendly, fearful, or both. They will not respond to severe, unfair, or heavy-handed training. These methods will cause the Briard to become withdrawn and aggressive. Training must be done with consistency, firmness, patience, and love. They excel at search and rescue, police training, and protection work.
Activity
Briards have a high energy level and are natural athletes. They require daily exercise and will become restless without it. This breed loves to swim and are ideal walking and jogging companions. They will do okay in an apartment if they are sufficiently exercised. They are moderately active indoors and do best with an average sized yard. This breed needs a great deal of activity, entertainment, and interaction. The Briard will not allow themselves to be ignored.
Ownership
Help reduce the number of Briard puppies in shelters by doing your due diligence. Many puppies are often purchased with little or no knowledge of what goes into parenting one. Uneducated decisions often leave the puppy in need of adoption and in the care of rescue groups. Bringing home a puppy into your family has many benefits but we first implore you to educate yourself. An informed decision will take into account the characteristics of the breed, your lifestyle, expected veterinary care, the demands and limitations of owning one, their activity requirements and levels of companionship required.
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Featured Briard Breeder

Aladax Briards
Member Since: April 2006
Location: Austin, Texas
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Referred to as "Hearts wrapped in Fur," Briards are devoted companions when bred and raised properly. Healthy, sound tempered Briards are our highest priority. Our dogs excel in conformation, performance and most of all as devoted family members. Raised as a part of our busy young family our champi...

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Anonymous asked:

1/30/2012 7:39:47 PM

1/30/2012 7:39:47 PM

How long is a Briard's life span?

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Anonymous

briards live around 10-12 years.
5/11/2012 12:49:23 PM

Anonymous

Bonjour, Le mien Matis est parti à l'age de 15 ans et demi.
2/23/2013 3:36:13 AM

Anonymous asked:

2/24/2011 11:26:51 AM

2/24/2011 11:26:51 AM

Does the Briard dog shed?????

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Anonymous

More than likely, after all the Briard is a long haired dog. Most long haired dog's have to shed, as well as any dog for that matter. People shed, so do animals.
3/11/2011 2:48:59 AM

Anonymous

No Briard's don't very much at all. We had one and I lost more hair than the dog. They do need a good groom every week otherwise they mat very easily. When you brush them they loose a lot of hair but you can have black pants on and maybe find 1-3 hairs on it max if the dog brushes against you. Briards have 'sheep hair' which cleans itself when wet and muddy - dirt will fall off when dry.
3/13/2011 10:44:27 PM

Anonymous asked:

11/18/2010 5:36:03 PM

11/18/2010 5:36:03 PM

my briards hair is not growing and i never cut her hair. what is that ?

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Anonymous

Try feeding sardines weekly and giving fish oil.
1/26/2012 9:44:13 PM

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