The Briard Dog Breed

The Briard dog breed is centuries old and was used to protect herds of livestock from wolves. They are of French descent.

Size and Appearance

This is a large breed of dog standing 22-27 inches (55-68cm) and weighing 60 to 90 pounds. They have a strong body with a long coat. Most often I have seen them with wavy coats but some have straight coats much like a Bearded collie. Their eyes and ears are often covered with hair. They are usually black, gray or tawny in color or a combination of two of the three. Their coats are thick and protective.

They do require regular brushing and grooming to avoid matting.

Attitude and Personality

This is an independent and somewhat stubborn breed. They are loyal and affectionate to their owners, moderately playful, friendly towards other pets. Like other herding dogs they can be reserved towards strangers and need early socialization and training. Their independent nature and stubbornness make them more difficult to train than some other breeds that are more eager to please. But they can make a great pet, especially if given a job to do like herding or agility.

Like most herding dogs you can expect this breed to live 10-12 years

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