Briard (French Shepherd Dog)

Briard, Berger de Brie, Berger Briard

Briard (French Shepherd Dog) Briard, Berger de Brie, Berger Briard

Breed characteristics

  • Popularity: 2
  • Training: 7
  • Size: 7
  • Mind: 7
  • Security: 6
  • Relations with children: 9
  • Dexterity: 6
  • Shedding: 5


This very old breed comes from the same Persian dog, like Beauceron, with whom they are closely related.

This breed was originally used to protect flocks of sheep. Briard, known for centuries, they were owned historical figures such as Napoleon, Thomas Jefferson, Lafayette and Charlemagne. With his keen sense of hearing, this the breed was often used by the french army to search for the wounded soldier. Today, Briard is a respected companion dog and continues to serve as a shepherd.


Briard is a large, strong, muscular, slender dog. Head rather wide, covered with long hair, forming a beard. Nose large and black, eyes are round, wide, large, black and covered with hair from the forehead and eyebrows. The dog has middle ears, naturally omitted. The tail is long, fluffy and with a bent tip. Color can have any color except white, but more often it is black, fawn, gray.

  • Briard needs daily care. If you do not have time or patience for care, consider other breeds.
  • Briard is independent, which is great quality if your The puppy was trained properly. However, without preparation, an independent, confident puppy can turn into an uncontrollable adult dog.
  • Briard must be socialized early to avoid aggression in relation to people or animals. Briards were divorced to be guard dogs and are still used in this roles.
  • Briard loves being with his owner.



This is a dynamic, agile, very stable dog, which can walk 70-80 km every day without feeling tired. Briard refined runner and is reliable and maneuverable a dog. This is a loyal, slightly dominant, smart and obedient dog. The dog is less aggressive than Beauceron and very attached to his to the owner. The breed is extremely powerful, they are usually called the “heart, wrapped in furs. “He does not like teasing.


A protective, intelligent, loving and loyal breed, Briard is wonderful a pet. Human contact is important, and if he yes – they are the happiest in the house. Briard is sensitive and obedient, but certainly has its own mind. They are good-natured and get along well with children if they grew up with them. This breed may be aggressive towards other dogs. Important remember that the nature of briard is shepherd and they will try complete this task on everything that moves.


Intensive and extensive socialization, from an early age absolutely required for this breed. She needs consistent training done by a person with great patience, without a tough attitude, otherwise the results will not be received. Without proper preparation, this is an aggressive dog.

A haircut

She needs weekly brushing to keep her fur beautiful. and healthy. Excess hair in the ears and between the paw pads should to be deleted.

This breed has long hair that spans the eyes and, as usually should be stabbed.


The dog is resistant to bad weather. She needs moderate activity, early socialization, learning and active host.

She can be satisfied in a long walk or run. a jog. Every day you need to spend from 30 to 60 minutes of exercise. Without sufficient activity, briar can become irritable and start barking, digging, chewing things.

Common diseases

In such a large dog, the following diseases can be expected:

  • hip dysplasia;
  • elbow dysplasia;
  • congenital night blindness;
  • hypothyroidism;
  • progressive retinal atrophy;
  • von Willebrand disease;
  • cancer;
  • gastric torsion.


This is a great dog for grazing and guarding herds, being able to manage a herd of 600-700 goats without human intervention. Briard can become a pleasant companion dog, provided that he will have the necessary living conditions.

Breed Information

A country France
Life span 10-13 years old
Height Males: 58-69 cm Bitches: 56-65 cm
Weight Males: 27-41 kg Bitches: 23-34 kg
Long wool longhair
Colour black, fawn, gray
Price 700 – 1500 $

Breed photo

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