The Briard was originally developed in France in the 8th century and during the World War I he was used as ammunition carrier and guard dog. Nowadays he is a very intelligent dog full of affection for his owner and his family and makes a great companion dog. The average height of a Briard is 1 foot, 10 inches to 2 feet, 3 inches weighing about 70 to 100 pounds. They have a lifespan of 10 to 13 years.
The Briard was originally bred as a herding dog therefore he makes a great working dog. Nowadays he is more often seen as an excellent family pet all around the world but especially in France. He is an independent thinker and has an awesome temperament. The Briard loves all the energy demanding activities like fly-ball, Frisbee, running, swimming and many others. If he is left alone more than a few hours a day he can become bored and might become very loud and destructive. The Briard is a great watchdog because he is very reserved with strangers and will always let you know when a stranger is approaching your property. He is known to behave well when children are around but very small children should always be well supervised when they encounter any type of dog breed because they might have the tendency to tease and no dog will accept that. Obedience training and early socialization are very important in this case and can make a big difference.
Briard is a very intelligent dog breed. They can learn new commands very quickly which makes them quite easy to train. Usually they enjoy any type of activity so training will not be a problem for them. In fact it can be something that they will really enjoy.
To be honest, the Briard is shedding a lot of hair. You cannot do anything to stop this but if you want to prevent having hair all over your home you should do proper brushing every day. Keep in mind that with a proper brushing you will rarely find hair on your couch, carpets and other places in your home.
The Briard, like many other dog breeds, need daily exercise. Don’t worry, those needs can be met quite easy with simple walks or playing some fun games. His coat needs to be shaped two or three months and proper brushing should be done every now and then.
The Briard was originally developed in France and can be dated back to the 8th century. In the beginning this dog breed was known as the “Chien Berger De Brie” and was called like this because it was derived from his place of origin which was the region of Brie in France. The first Briards were imported in the United States of America by Thomas Jeffereson and the Kennel Club recognized this breed in the year 1928 however the Briard arrived in the United Kingdom in the late 1960s.