Briard

Briard

Dog Facts

Type:
Pastoral
Energy:
Medium
Exercise Requirement:
High
Affection Level:
Fairly affectionate
Protection:
Very protective
Size:
Extra large
Grooming Maintenance:
High
Temperature Preference:
Cool to temperate
Typical Lifespan:
10-12 years

About the Briard Breed

The Briard is slightly longer than tall, and carries itself proudly. Its most distinctive trait is the long hair which, if not clipped, will grow to mask its entire face. It has a good strong run, which it couples with endurance and agility, making it perfect for herding, especially when considering its quick starts and stops.

The coat of the Briard is usually black, fawn or grey. It rarely, if ever, has contrasting markings that break the uniformity of the coat, although colour gradients are common. The hair is especially long on the face and the ears, hanging low and possibly over the eyes. It is thickly furred on the legs and feet, as well as across the body with a double layered coat which help suit it to working in fields all day.

Originally a French sheepdog, the Briard, like a lot of sheepdogs, can be a loyal and loving companion, naturally inclined to work alongside humans. It also has a protective streak, from the days spent protecting herds from wolves, but it can also be stubborn, due to its intelligence, if untrained.

It needs to get a good amount of exercise each day, as well as mental and companionable stimulation. A long walk or a jog may be enough to satisfy it, but it does love the chance to run about and herd. It is happiest with free access to both a house and a garden. It doesn't mind cool climates, but may struggle in very hot weather, and will need brushing every other day to keep its coat healthy and untangled.

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