Underneath the Briard’s long, shaggy coat lies a bold spirit and keen intelligence.
There are TOP 10 facts about Briard.
The Briard dates to the eighth century, when he was developed to herd and guard flocks of sheep. He was an all-around farm dog, aiding the shepherd in all of his tasks, but also a family dog that was required to watch over his humans and their household when he went home for the evening. In other areas of France, the Briard worked flocks in mountainous summer pastures, where he would move the sheep during the day and guard them and the shepherd at night.
During World Wars I and II, the French used briards as guard dogs and search-and-rescue dogs. The breed suffered with the deaths of many dogs in both wars. The first litter of briards registered with the American Kennel Club was in 1922.
Male Briards should stand between 23 and 27 inches at the top of the shoulder, and females should be between 22 and 25.5 inches. Despite their size, they are known to be almost cat-like in their movements, gliding over the ground as if they aren’t even touching it. One of the breed’s unique features are the double dewclaws on the rear legs.
The Briard is a protective and devoted breed. With a heart of gold, this breed is highly intelligent and loving. Once bonded with their family members, they will be loyal and very protective of them. Aloof with strangers or undiscovered things, this breed has to be introduced may it be furniture, a visitor, or a new baby. Early on, they should be taught if something is safe or harmful. Proved to have an excellent temper, this breed is great to have around children.
This is an intelligent breed that can understand a wide range of cues. It’s not uncommon for a Briard to know more than 200 words. They are also fast learners with wonderful memories and a desire to please their human family. But with a herding heritage that required Briards to make independent decisions, don’t be surprised by the occasional stubborn moment when your Briard disagrees with your opinion. The best way to keep your dog seeing eye-to-eye with you is with consistency, a gentle approach, and kind praise.
As with other working breed, the Briard should be given a long walk or be made to run alongside a bicycle. If not exercised enough, they will become destructive and restless. This breed makes a wonderful jogging companion, and also enjoys a good swim. Ideally suited for defense/police dog trials, this breed has a marvelous supple energy.
7) Other Animals
Briards consider their owners to be equal companions. Although they can be aggressive toward other dogs, if properly socialized they can learn to co-exist with dogs or cats. Other pets, such as rodents, birds or reptiles, should be kept away.
Extensive socialization should begin as puppies for this breed. The Briard has excellent memory skills, and is highly trainable. They need firm and consistent training who is able to take charge. However, if not trained properly, they tend to be exceedingly fearful, hostile, or both.
The Briard has a double coat, with the undercoat being fine and tight on the body. The outer coat is coarse, falling in long gentle waves. It’s also dry and will make a dry rasping sound when rubbed between your fingers. You will need to groom your Briard for at least two hours a week to keep him comfortable and looking his best. The permitted coat colors are black, various shades of gray, and various shades of tawny.
The Briards body is well-muscled and built for work. The head is long and wide with high-set hanging or cropped ears. Briards generally mature at one to two years, although they reach their full size around six to eight months.