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Briard – Dog Breed Information And Complete Guide

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Centuries old and beloved by the French since the early Middle Ages, The Briard is believed to be the oldest of France’s four native sheepdogs (the others are the Beauceron, Great Pyrenees, and Picardy).

They are also called the Berger Briard, the Chien Berger de Brie (Shepherd Dog of Brie). Most shepherd dogs were bred to either guard or herd, but Briards were used for both.

Briard is a busy bee, full of zip dog that loves to protect his flock. And if he doesn’t have a flock to look after, he’ll be pleased watching over your family.

Quite happy to move from the countryside to a house, this breed is a challenging and cheerful companion for people and they do ‘work like a dog’.

The Briard is loyal to a fault and this Bossart uses his tricks to outsmart, he will love you with his whole heart, right from the start.

Briard Breed Characteristics Sheet

  • Origin France
  • Size Large
  • Dog Breed Group – Working / Herding /Pastoral Group
  • Purebred  Yes
  • Lifespan – 10-12 years
  • Height Male – 23-27 inches (58-69 cm), Female – 22-26 inches (56-65 cm)
  • Weight  Males – 27- 41 Kg(59-90 lbs) and Females – 23-34 Kg (50-75  lbs)
  • Coat Appearance  Double coat
  • Coat Colors Black, Fawn, Slate Grey
  • Temperament Affectionate, Alert, Cheerful, Courageous,   Energetic, Friendly, Independent, Intelligent, Lively,   Loyal, Outgoing,   Protective, Responsive, Social, Territorial
  • Good With Children Yes
  • Intelligence Level  High
  • Good With Pets  Yes under supervision
  • Hypoallergenic  No
  • Grooming High
  • Shedding – High (seasonal)
  • Suitable For Apartments  Low
  • Need For Exercise – High
  • Easy To Train – No
  • Good For First Time Owners Moderate
  • Health Issues – Allergies, Hip Dysplasia, Panosteitis, Auto-Immune Disease, Bloat/Gastric Torsion, And Some Eye Problems
  • Litter Size – 8-10 puppies, average-6
  • Average Price  $1000 – $1200 USD (US), £919 for KC Registered, £750 for Non-KC Registered
    (UK)

Briard History

Faithful, free-spirited, feisty, flashy, fervid… Much as we love them, we could also add adjectives from the other side of the fence – selective, stubborn, spunky, skeptical and staunch as a few additional descriptive words for some Briards.

But, the most descriptive word would be?  “Loyal”.

The Briard’s have evolved through the centuries by natural selection for its herding and guarding abilities.

Although most of the early history of the breed is unwritten, 8th-century tapestries show Emperor Charlemagne had large Briard-like dogs. There are stone chiselings which depict the shaggy dogs and several folk songs in praise of them.

It kept illustrious company all through the history which includes Napoleon, Marquis De Lafayette, and Thomas Jefferson.

The Briard was used mainly in the early days as a guardian dog to protect his owner’s family, property and livestock, from poachers and large predators.

They worked during the war times as rescue dog to find wounded soldiers and served as pack animals. Finally, it became the French army’s official dog.

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Is Briard, The Right Dog For You?

If you want a dog who…

  • Is large and lively – yet also athletic and agile
  • is smart, sometimes dominant, always affectionate
  • Gives ZERO personal space and waiting for you at the door to finish your shower is part of their job.
  • Is watchful and wary of strangers
  • is intelligent and independent, with an intrepid personality

A Briard is right for you. Good for you.

If you don’t want to deal with…

  • Energetic exercise requirements
  • Boisterousness and exuberant jumping, especially when young
  • Destructiveness when bored or not exercised enough
  • Suspicious or fearfulness when not socialized enough
  • Chasing and nipping at things that move: joggers, children, vehicles and other animals.
  • Frequent grooming, regular brushing and combing the coat
  • Waiting lists and a high price tag

A Briard may not be right for you. Keep looking

So, what about the first-time owners?

Briards are not the best choice for first-time dog owners because they need to be socialized, trained and handled by people who are familiar with the specific needs of these intelligent, stubborn and sharp dogs.

They can often reveal a more dominant side so they need to be properly handled and trained right from the word go. Briards are capable of learning a great deal, but they can be manipulative as well.

You should be consistent and you have to convince them that you mean what you say. But Briards are also so perceptive that if you correct them too impertinently, they may “call a halt” and become even more resistant.

First-time owners, if they do want to get one, they must know that there is an alpha dog in their household, on loose.

They need to be really assertive and commanding to prevent the dog from showing a more dominant side.  Make sure to research the breed extensively before adopting. Otherwise, you will be herded by the Briards. No harm was done.

Briard Size And Lifespan

Briard Size

Height – Male – 23-27 inches (58-69 cm), Female – 22-26 inches (56-65 cm)

Weight – Males – 27- 41 Kg(59-90 lbs) and Females – 23-34 Kg (50-75  lbs)

Briard Lifespan

The average Briard life-span is about 10-12 years. A lucky few owners have Briards that live hale and hearty lives up to 15 years.

Briard Coat color And Appearance

Briard Coat Color 

  • Black
  • Fawn – all shades
  • Slate Grey

Coat – The Briard has a solid colored coat that can be found in a variety of colors and the accepted colors for Kennel Club registration are black, fawn and slate grey, but never white.

Fawnies are with or without darker markings on their muzzles, ears, backs and on their tails, which is all right with the proviso that colors blend in properly with the rest of their coat color.

Briard General Appearance

The Briard is a breed whose external appearance does not quite give the right impression of the dog. When it comes to their coat, the Briard boasts a shaggy and long double coat.

The outer coat is long, wavy, coarse and goat-like hair, making a rasping sound when rubbed between the fingers. The undercoat is plush, dense and tight which covers the entire body and acts almost as thermal underwear.

While they may look like a fluffy teddy bear, the Briard is a sturdy, brawny herding dog who was built for working in wet, wintry, less than ideal conditions for long periods of time.

Important proportions

As they are herding dogs, they are well-proportioned boasting a craggy good look, yet sinuous and supple.

They are able to trot effortlessly during a hard day’s work and will be able to cover the ground for extended periods of time. A true Briard has a quicksilver gait and is a joy to watch.

Facial region

The Briard stands out in the crowd thanks to their peek-a-boo hair that is parted down the middle on the top of the head that often cover dark eyes, and charming mustaches, beards and bushy eyebrows that adorn a wide muzzle.

A Briard’s nose is always black irrespective of the color of their coat. They boast large, black/dark, brown eyes with black rims that always have an intelligent and gentle expression saying ‘Judge people hard, and judge them often’.

Ears are set high on a dog’s head and covered in long hair which they carry slightly lifted when alert.  Briard is a cropped breed, up until recently natural ears were a rarity.

We are seeing more and more natural ears with the general ban on cropping in Europe and a lot of breeders as well as buyers prefer to keep ears natural. The Briard has a very strong mouth with teeth meeting in a scissor bite.

Body

They have reasonably long and well-muscled necks that dogs carry arched adding to their proud appearance. Laid back shoulders which are set at a nice angle with dogs strong, well-muscled front legs.

They are deep-chested having a strong, level back and medium spring ribcage that drops well down.  The tail is one of the Briard’s most distinctive and attractive characteristics, with a characteristic crochet, a “J”- curve, at the end.

It is well-feathered, carried low and the tip of the tail should reach the hock. Another distinguishing feature of the Briard is at the end of the dog and there is a reason that the magazine for the Briard Club of America is called the ‘Dewclaw’.

On both their rear legs, Briards have double dewclaws (extra toes) which have bone substance and nail. These are actual bony appendages and actually functioning as toes. Only the Great Pyrenees, the Beauceron, and the Briard have double dewclaws (within the AKC).

Briard Temperament

  • Briards come with many different personalities, but some traits of the Briard are common to all.
  • Briards are animated, alert and especially affectionate. Some of them will retain their puppy instinct throughout adulthood.
  • They don’t have a lazy bone in their body and they are energetic by nature. They also adapt tremendously well to family life.
  • Briards possess an ancestral guarding instinct, which becomes evident at around 12 months of age and is particularly devoted to their family
  • Large or small, the Briard always believes it is a lap dog. Human contact is essential, and they will follow you wherever you go. You don’t need to worry about where your Briard is. You just have to be sure you don’t stumble over him!
  • It doesn’t matter if you have hectares of land, they will only use it if you are with them. Otherwise, they will usually sit beside the door, looking for you and to be with you.
  • Briard is a canine aquaphile. He can make a small spill go a long way. When he sees a pool or lake, he will be a with two tails but that doesn’t mean they will step outside when it rains!
  • While there is some dawdler Briards out there, in general, they are agile and athletic. Keep in mind; this is a dog that was bred to herd sheep all day. Don’t ‘let the sleeping dogs lie’, don’t think twice about it, most of them are always up and ready to go at the least sign of support.
  • The Briard is really going about his job, one crackerjack of a worker and a regular go-getter.
  • He thinks everything is his business, from the refrigerator door opening to the leaf falling off the tree across the street. No one using the sidewalk or street goes unnoticed, but they never bark up the wrong tree.

Taking Care Of Your Briard At Home

  • Briards, being so large and exuberant need to have enough space to express themselves and are much better suited to households with large, securely fenced back gardens where a dog can safely let off steam whenever possible.
  • Briards, perhaps, is not the best choice for condominium and apartment-dwellers. This being said, perhaps, they can adapt in apartment-living provided that they get adequate exercise. But, they are totally not suited for life in a kennel.
  • Much of what you can do to keep your briard happy and healthy is pure common sense, just like it is for dogs. Watch his diet, make sure he gets plenty of exercises, regularly brush his teeth and coat, and make sure to adhere to the schedule of vaccinations and pet visits.
  • Another very important step in caring for your dog is signing up for pet health insurance. There will certainly be medical tests and procedures he will need throughout his life and pet health insurance will help you cover those costs.
  • It is possible that briards can learn how to share a house with a cat. Briards were used in many herding situations and usually collaborate with other Briards or other dog breeds, by working in a group.
  • So they are friendly with other dogs and other animals. However, they do have a high prey drive and like nothing better than to chase anything that moves or tries to run away.
  • As such, care must always be taken as to where and when a Briard can run off the lead, more especially if there is wildlife or livestock, round the corner. But, the right handler will blossom his briard into a first-class pet that can happily coexist with other pets.
  • Raised properly, Briards can romp around all day with kids. At times, they also like to nip at the heels of whatever they are trying to move along which includes small kids.
  • Their protective nature can also take odd twists – they have been known to herd noisy kids into a bedroom, and apprehend them.
  • They are sensitive as well as reactive (sometimes overly so) and must be treated considerately. This breed has a long memory and doesn’t easily forget or forgive harsh handling.
  • Briards also have the reputation of being a socializer and mingler. They have a mischievous, merryful and buoyant side to their natures.
  • Nonetheless, owners must be careful not to confuse playfulness with dominance which can happen if a Briard gets away with too much ‘merry mood’
  • While Briards form strong ties with their families, they do not normally suffer from separation anxiety providing they are never left to their own for too long.
  • However, they are better suited to people who lead active, outdoor lives and who like to have an intelligent, perky, large canine companion at their side.
  • They have low- boredom threshold. Briards need regular opportunities to vent their energy and do interesting things by providing enough exercise and mental stimulation. Or else, they will become bored, which they may express by destructive chewing.
  • This is not a breed for everyone, for it is an extremely loyal dog that shows affection only for its owner, a true “one-man” or “one-family” “dog. The right amount of care and affection is enough to get into the good books of your briard.
  • Then, he will put his heart over his thinking cap (he is known as an independent thinker) and will be extremely devoted to his owner. He will not sway from his devotion at any cost and will protect his owners with his life, if necessary.

Briard Grooming And Shedding

Briard Grooming

The very coat that attracts us to this beautiful breed can also be a challenge and a source of frustration for many briard owners because they are of high maintenance on the grooming front.

Briards will undergo few coat changing phases from puppyhood through adulthood.  The hair texture is not the same on each dog and the hair shaft itself can be varying thickness giving the coat a more fine appearance or dense appearance.

The ideal texture of the coat is generally described as a “goat’s coat” which is comparatively easy to care for. Obviously, the primary source of coat texture is heredity.

According to Briard Veterans’ claims, handling the black coats is easier if you are blessed with good texture in your dog.

But, if you have a dog that has a softer coat and carries more undercoat your job may be more of a challenge and require more time and care.

Regardless of the coat texture, if it is kept clean and not allowed to become severely matted or even felted then grooming will not be as much of a chore.

Basic rules of thumb

  • The first rule for successful grooming is regularity
  • Teach the dogs to enjoy grooming and brushing.
  • Start with the feet (your puppy used to standing or lying on a table), Brush the coat a small section at a time and keep working on that section until you are satisfied that there are no knots or tangles.
  • Continue up the body taking a section at a time making sure you are brushing down to the skin and not just skimming over the top
  • For dogs lying on its side, it is best to continue to work on the side along with his body towards his front
  • Avoid harsh slicker brushes, mat splitters, and blades. You’ll need a good quality pin brush, with strong black bristles on a cushioned base and a hound type comb.

They are high maintenance on the grooming front because their coats need to be brushed regularly to avoid any knots or tangles from forming. Tangles may lead to painful skin infections called hot spots on the dog’s skin.

Briard puppies should be taught that a grooming session is a pleasant experience and one that they look forward to.

While no stripping is needed, Briard’s require two to three hours per week of brushing to maintain their coats and to prevent the tangles and mats from forming.

Most Briards shed their soft puppy coat between the ages of 7 or 8 months to 12 or 18 months of age, you will notice that the coat is developing little matters more quickly after grooming.

In some cases, this can accelerate, so the pup may matt all over, in one day. If the puppy is not groomed more frequently, serious matting can result so it may be necessary to brush the puppy daily.

It’s also very important to check between a dog’s toes often to see if anything is trapped which could lead to an infection flaring up.

Dew claws also need to be trimmed regularly using dog claw clippers (they are not overly expensive) to prevent them snagging on things.

The unattended dewclaws can grow round in a circle and actually pierce the skin causing the dog extreme discomfort and risking infection.

The hair that grows between a dog’s pads of feet needs to be regularly trimmed to avoid it balling up which could make walking uncomfortable for dogs, especially during the winter months.

Having their ears cleaned on a regular basis is necessary to ensure that wax and debris don’t build up. It’s also important to regularly check a Briard’s ears for too much hair and pluck out the dead or excess hair.

You should not probe deeply into the ears and do not clean beyond where you can see. Ear cleaner is available from a good pet shop or from your vet. Bathe the Briard only when dirty, which may only be every month or so.

There are a lot of quality shampoos at the pet shops and trade stands now that have correct Ph levels designed for dogs skin The Briard’s face and rear end may need to be washed more often because their beards can hang into their food and water dishes and their long hair can trap debris.

Check the tooth periodically. Tooth brushing using doggie toothpaste and toothbrush will keep teeth and gums healthy, and prevent bad breath.

Finally; follow a regular grooming routine, your job will be easier.  Your dog will enjoy brushing and is likely to sleep through most of the procedure

Briard Shedding

Yes, they do shed! Not like a German shepherd or Labrador, which blow coat all at once, and spread hair in all quarters, but Briards will lose more coat than a poodle.

The Briard coat change is less evident.   They do tend to shed, quite a bit and most of the hair being shed is the soft undercoat. They usually shed more during the spring and then again in the fall.

Undercoat which was shed will stick in the outer coat and cause mats unless removed through regular grooming. Even with regular grooming, the home of a Briard can often be spotted by the clumps of hair that collect in the corners or appear out of nowhere.

Train Your Briard

The important thing before starting the training is you need to acquaint with the very unique ‘briard temperament’ and some of its needs based on canine social structure. And, the briard training sessions will be easier for you.

Humans have “neotenized” the dogs, making them more juvenile in looks and behavior than their feral ancestors. Briards are natural ‘Alpha’ and he wants to get the best of everything.

There are also social climber dogs. They always look for means to get to control the family.  This dominant nature may cause troubles to a normal family that’s not aware of this dog’s original set instincts.

The dog’s position must be at the bottom of your family’s set order (retaining all its good qualities), and never at the top or in between.

He needs a few tutorings on how to be a subordinate, not an equal place as leaders of the family.

Teach your dog that he is a dog, not a ‘canine homunculus’ and ascertain his position within the home, pack hierarchy or family order.

In addition to all this, remember, he has a playful nature. Find new games for him to play.  fetch or frisbee catching, Hide & Seek or other appropriate games.  Make sure you should be the one who starts and ends the game – not your Briard!

Once you inculcate all this in your initial training, there are only 2 possibilities

  • You may succeed!!! (Trumpets please!)
  • In case your Briard fails, review the situation. Re-examine and/or change your training.

After a successful initial training, your dog should start looking to you for permission and directions. He’ll show a keenness to please you and will show his inherent devotion.

Watch how your dog approaches and greets you and other members of your family.  Does he come to you ‘high and mighty’, with his head and ears held high and erect?

It may look impressive and inspiring but you still have problems!  You should take him back through another tour of basic training with support from the rest of the family.

Don’t hesitate to consult with a qualified Professional Dog Trainer or behaviorists before starting the training and exercises. Contact your Veterinarian or your country Kennel Clubs for a list of obedience training clubs in your area.

Remember these 5 Golden Rules To Building A Relationship With Your Briard:

  1. Spend a lot of quality time together; Take him out and experience life together
  2. Never rebuke your Briard if he fails at something. It’s not his fault. It’s you have failed as a trainer!
  3. Increase two-way communication and to understand each other’s needs.
  4. Establish and promote a level of mutual trust and respect
  5. Follow the rule of the 3 P’s – patience, persistence, praise.

Briard Food

Briards are very energetic and industrious dogs. You will need to take this activity level into consideration when determining how many calories your Briard needs, particularly if you are doing any work or training, such as herding or agility.

If you obtain a Briard puppy from a breeder, they would give you a feeding schedule and it’s important to stick to the same routine. If you want to change a puppy’s diet, this needs to be done very gradually and make sure that they don’t develop any digestive upsets.

Rough Feeding guide for a Briard:

Briard puppies need to be fed a  good quality, highly nutritious diet for them to develop and grow as they should. As a rough guide, a Briard puppy should be fed with their meals is evenly spread out throughout the day.  It’s best to feed 3 or 4 times a day:

  • Briard pups between eight and 12 weeks old – 4 meals every 24 hours (265g- 400g).
  • 3 to 6 months old – 3 meals every 24 hour period (400g – 600g)
  • Feed puppies 6 months to 1 year – 2 bowls of food daily (600g)
  • When your briard hits his first birthday, one bowl or two smaller bowls every 24 hours is typically all that’s necessary.

Remember, the feedings depend on puppy’s build. Once a briard is 15 months old they can be fed adult dog food depending on their activity level.

  • Dogs weighing-25 kg = 300g to 435g
  • 30 kg =300g to 500g
  • 35 kg = 500g to 550g
  • 40 kg = 500g to 600g

Keep in mind; these feedings depend on Briard’s eating tendencies and depending on their activity

Adult dogs need to be fed a good quality diet that meets all their nutritional needs while keeping a close eye on a dog’s weight. Here is a rough feeding guide for your perusal. 

  • Protein content should be anything from 14 – 25%
  • Carb content should be 30 to 70%
  • Fiber content should be less than 4%
  • Fat content should be less than 10%
  • Calcium content should be 0.5 – 0.8%
  • Phosphorous content should be 0.4 – 0.7%
  • Sodium content should be 0.2 – 0.4%

Interesting Facts On Briard

  • Originally from France, Briards were held in high esteem and are often seen depicted on tapestries in the French castles and paintings.
  • There are stories that Emperor Napoleon, who had an aversion to dogs, owned 2 Briards. They are too hard to resist even for the emperor.
  • Until around 1809, they were known as “Chien d’Montargis”, “Chien d’Aubry” and, most commonly as “Chien de Brie” or Chien Berger de Brie”
  • Aubry de Montdidier, a French courier to King Charles V, was murdered in 1371 by Richard de Macaire; with Montdidier’s beloved Briard was the only witness and what happened later has become the stuff of legend.
  •  It didn’t let the murderer sleep in peace. When the king heard the suspect was Macaire in Montdidier murder, he established a fight between the dog and Macaire.
  • This duel was held at Notre Dame, Paris and Macaire were killed by the dog though it is one version. However, the loyal dog avenged his master’s murder.
  • The Briard and the Beauceron are look-alikes French sheepdogs. Priest Abbe Rozier wrote the first approved record about the difference between the two dogs in 1809.
  • During the Paris canine Exhibition—the first ever French dog show held in May 1863, Charmante, a female Briard got the first place amongst the shepherd dogs.
  • These dogs served as guards, messengers, and as locators of wounded soldiers for the French Army during the World Wars I and II.  French military believed that if a Briard leaves an injured soldier on the battleground, then the soldier must not be fit for any help.
  • They have a very keen earshot and this was an extra asset in guarding duties and also their search duty through the bodies on the battlefield to look for the wounded.
  • They have appeared in a number of TV series and movies, and enjoy a presence on the internet and social media. A few of the TV series that have featured Briards are: “Dennis the Menace” (Ruff), “Get Smart” (Fang), My Three Sons” (Tramp), “Married With Children” (Buck), “The Addams Family” (Them) etc 17 is the biggest recorded litter size of a briard.
  • AKC recognized the breed in 1928 and briard enjoys only modest popularity in the United States, listed 125th out of the AKC’s 167 breeds.
  • A briard called “Desamee Mitzi Moffat” was the first British Briard Club Champion at the Crufts.

Briard Health Problems

Briards are known to be one of the healthier pedigree dogs around and it is ranked as a Category 1 breed by the UK Kennel Club.

For that being said, those who are hoping to share a home with a Briard, there are a few health concerns worth knowing about, which includes the following:

Major concerns

Hip Dysplasia – They may get affected by an abnormal hip developmental condition called hip dysplasia, which may lead to arthritis.

Panosteitis – (hypertrophic osteodystrophy (HOD) or pano), is a very painful orthopedic condition characterized by inflammation of the bone marrow, especially that of the limb bones, with episodes of bone pain, which can be severe, and lameness and you are wondering if it’s just ‘growing pains’.

Bloat/gastric torsion – Gastric Dilatation -Volvulus, or more commonly referred to as gastric torsion or Bloat usually occurs in with deep-chested breeds. This means your Briard is more at risk than other breeds.

Canine bloat can occur randomly and in which the stomach becomes overstretched and rotated by excessive gas, fluid, froth or a mixture of all of these.

Torsion (volvulus) is when the whole stomach twisted at either end i.e. it is closed off at both its entrance and its exit, just like the ends of sausage is twisted and closed at both ends.

Bloat can happen on its own or as a precursor to torsion. This is a life-threatening condition and if the dog is not brought for veterinary care and surgery, the dog will not survive.

Minor concerns

Patellar luxation – Sometimes your Briard’s kneecap (patella) may slip out of its normal anatomical position which is called patellar luxation.

Elbow dysplasia – Abnormal development of elbow joint which causes damage to the cartilage surface of the joint – a process called osteochondrosis or OCD.

Progressive Retinal Atrophy – An inherited disease of the retina that includes several different genetic diseases that lead to the degeneration of the retina. Sadly, Briards are a bit more likely than other dogs to have this condition.

Cataracts – They are a common cause of blindness in older Briards.

Allergies – Food Allergies, Airborne pollens, Dust mites, Flea, and tick bites

Other Illnesses – Diarrhea, vomiting, ear infections

Briard Mix

These are some of the recognized hybrid breeds

Briard x Poodle – Bridoodle

Afghan Hound x Briard mix – Afaird

Briard x Bearded Collie – bricollie (dear me! I just named it)

Briard x Border Collie – you can try this one

Briard Price And Breeders

Price

Average – $1000 – $1200 USD

This is the price you can expect to budget for a Briard with papers but without breeding rights or show quality. Expect to pay less for a puppy without papers, however, this is not recommended.

In recent times, Briards have found a fan base both in the US and elsewhere in the world which means that well-bred puppies can often command a lot of money.

Briard Breeders

Finding well-bred Briard puppies can be really challenging with long waiting lists and they can often charge a lot of money.  Get started by searching for a good breeder on national kennel or breed clubs.

Start your search for a good breeder on the reputed website such as American Briard Club or your country’s respective briard club.

Choose a breeder who has agreed to abide by the club’s code of ethics, which prohibits the sale of puppies through backyard breeders or through pet stores.

Reputable breeders generally don’t advertise in papers as they may have a great waiting list for people to buy puppies even before the puppies are born.

2018 – Most reputable breeders of USA

  • Aladax Briards Austin, Texas
  • Briards de Bejaune, Yanceyville, North Carolina
  • BriardAcres Adrian, Michigan
  • Boyz Briards & Bulldogs Wayland, Michigan
  • Briards of The CoastLine Bridgehampton, New York
  • Coralberry Briards North Ridgeville, Ohio
  • Dior Briards and Cotons Cape Coral, Florida
  • Eiledon Briards Brookfield, Massachusetts
  • Tintagel Briards Montague, Massachusetts

Adoption and Breed Clubs

The animal shelters and animal rescue organizations always have a great selection of dogs looking for new homes.

Pets adopted from shelters and rescue organizations typically cost less than pets purchased from other sources —once you add in the cost of vaccinations, dewormer, spay/neuter surgery, microchip and other “extras” included in your adoption fee, you’ll perhaps be bowled over what a bargain an adopted pet really is!

This can save you some of the upfront costs of adding a new member to your family. Sites like Adopt-a-Pet.com and Petfinder.com can have you searching for a briard in your surroundings.

Humane society, AnimalShelter.org, ASPCA can help you find animal rescue groups in your area. You can also check local newspapers having “pets looking for homes” sections.

The American Briard Club can help you and you can also search online for other Briard rescues in your area.

Here are some of the best animal shelters in America which are doing a great job

  • Arizona Animal Welfare League –  www.aawl.org
  • Humane Society of Sarasota County – www.hssc.org
  • Pet Haven of Minnesota – www.pethavenmn.org
  • BARC Shelter, Newyork – www.barcshelter.org
  • New York Bully Crew – www.nybullycrew.org
  • Animal Humane Society – www.animalhumanesociety.org
  • Bainbridge Humane Society – www.bainbridgehumanesociety.com
  • Milton Animal League, Boston – www.miltonanimalleague.org
  • Humane Society of Memphis – www.memphishumane.org
  • Dane County Humane Society – www.giveshelter.org
  • Austin Pets Alive! – www.austinpetsalive.org
  • Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles (spcaLA) –  www.spcala.com
  • Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando – petallianceorlando.org
  • Best Friends Animal Society – www.bestfriends.org
  • Nevada Humane Society – www.nevadahumanesociety.org
  • Humane Society of Silicon Valley – www.hssv.org
  • Greenhill Humane Society – www.green-hill.org

FAQs

Is briard hypoallergenic?

   

No. A dog that doesn’t cause allergic reactions….. this sounds too good to be true. And, it’s a kind of.

Non-shedding dog or minimally shedding dogs are the true allergy friendly dog breeds or hypoallergenic dogs. They produce less dander, allowing allergy sufferers to be comfortable.

There are minimally shedding dog breeds but there are no totally non-shedding dog breeds. People with very high sensitivity/ severe allergies to dander up may still not be able to tolerate minimal shedders.

The wise thing to do is that you should always spend time with a dog breed before taking one into your home to see if you can handle it or you can consult a vet.

Briard litters?

   

Litter size: 8-10 puppies

Litter sizes can vary, 17 puppies being the record. However, the average size of a litter is 6 puppies.

However, UK Kennel Club rules state that a dam can only produce 4 litters and she must be between a certain age to do so.

Do briards shed hair?

   

Like all other breeds, the Briards tend to shed once in a year and mostly during the spring and then again in the fall when more frequent brushing is needed to keep on top of things.

When grooming properly, they shed minimally. Most of the dead hair will be removed by the grooming.

Most Briards shed their soft puppy coat between 7 or 8 months to 12 or 18 months of age. That is their worst shed which may last for approximately one or two months.

Serious matting can result if the puppy is not groomed frequently, so it may be necessary to brush the puppy daily during that time.

What kind of dog is a Briard?

   

Briard is an all-rounder, with beauty and brains. They are clever and confident, tactful and trustworthy, loyal and loving but rather dominant, so early obedience training is essential.

Alert and agile, rest easy buddy, your Briard will watch your back – they make ideal watchdogs.

They are also great family pets and loyal companions who love to get involved in all aspects of family life.

They tend to play favorites and will favor one person in particular. So stay calm, if they follow the person who feeds them. No need to stress.

If you’ve got a house of little ones, your Briard is gentle and affectionate toward children. They tend to be suspicious and standoffish of strangers, but not that aggressive.

Most Briards are territorial with other animals but they will happily accept pets they grow up with.   Anticipate this protective dog to alert you for anything odd. They have a moderate propensity to bark, so expect some conversations.

Is Briard a sheepdog?

   

Briards are one of the oldest French breeds and their history could well date back to the eighth century. They are used for guarding and herding livestock in France.

He was an “all rounder” farm dog that had multiple tasks to carry out.

Briards were used in all types of herding circumstances and helped ranchers move, manage and protect their flocks and cattle.

They were most regularly used as a farm dog in the more packed French farming valleys, where row crops were cultivated.

Sheep were allowed to graze the grass strips between crops and Briards acted as a living fence for keeping the sheep stick to these strips, so as to avoid the sheep from eating the valuable crops.

The Briard moved the herds daily from the farm to the grazing areas and back again in the evening.

If the herd is incohesive, briards will make it cohesive. But if it’s already cohesive, they will push the herd towards the target.

In the farm, the Briard was the herdsman’s associate, helping them with livestock chores. The Briard was also used to move large flocks of sheep in areas of rural France that had mountain pastures in summer and other wide grazing pastures.

Those flocks were moved to the grazing areas, much like large sheep ranchers do in Canada and western United States.

The Briards were used alongside other briards or other breeds to keep the sheep from going off track and herd the sheep back to the farm.

And, that’s not all, they were the canine vigilante, protecting the shepherds and flock from wolves, thieves, and other predators during the night.

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