Briard Breed Summary
Intelligent, Courageous, Energetic, Obedient and Faithful
These dogs are extremely handsome and have lovely, long flowing coats. It's thought that they were originally bred to herd and guard flocks in France. Additionally, they are highly valued for their very kind and devoted natures.
They absolutely love 'hoomans' and thrive in the family environment. Once well trained, they also do very well around children of all ages as well!
Fun Fact: Supposedly Napoleon owned two of these dogs!
|Kennel Club Group||Pastoral|
|Lifespan||11 - 15 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 61cm - 69cm, Females 58cm - 65cm|
|Weight||Males 30kg - 40kg, Females 25kg - 35kg|
|Coat||Coats are Long and Wavy. The Undercoat is Fine and Dense, Covering the Entire Body|
|Colour||Black, Fawn, Slate Grey|
|Eye colour||Dark Brown|
|Common health issues||Hip dysplasia, Congenital stationery night blindness (CSNB), Retinal epithelial dystrophy (RPED or CPRA), Non-malignant skin tumours, Ectopic ureter, Bloat/gastric torsion|
|Other Names||Berger de Brie, Berger Briard|
Though Briard’s are known for both their intelligence and courage, they are equally as well-natured! Their fun-loving ways mean they make fantastic family pets and love to be involved in all types of family activities. However, because of this, they need lots of physical and mental stimulation and don’t necessarily make the best pets for first time owners. They need to be handled by someone who has experience with similar breeds and has had involvement in training them properly. They like to know their place in the family ‘pack’ and if they're not given a place, they will attempt to become the ‘alpha’ dog, that will not go down well with other dogs or ‘hoomans’.
The Briard’s history remains to be a mystery, though they are discussed to be one of the oldest breeds native to France! It’s thought that they may even date back to the reign of Charles l, around 768 A.D! During this time, similar-looking dogs were depicted in tapestries, which is where the speculation comes from. However, others believe that similar dogs came about during the Middle Ages and when they came to England, were bred with Herding dogs. It was thought the reasoning behind their creation, was to develop a breed that was proficient in guarding flocks of sheep and even courageous enough to take on Wolves! They were highly valued in France for both their intelligence and loving nature. They first officially arrived in England in the late 1960s and were a registered breed in 1974!