Height: 22-27 inches
Weight: 70-90 lbs.
Life Span: 10-12 yrs.
Breed Group: Herding Dogs
Vigorous, alert, strong, agile, and powerful, the briard has many of the
qualities of a superb herding dog, and is protective of its herd/family
and suspicious of strangers.
It has an independent spirit and needs consistent obedience training from
an early age (it's a slow learner).
The briard is good with children and other animals if raised with them and
well trained. The briard is not a wanderer; this dog prefers to stay home
and guard the "flock."
The briard's outercoat is generally six inches or longer and is hard, dry,
and wavy; the undercoat is fine, dense, and tight.
The coat color is fawn, black, gray, or tawny. The tail has a hook or crook
at the end.
Grooming & Exercise Needs
The briard needs to be brushed and combed every other day so its coat won't
It has the energy level of a working dog--long walks or runs will thwart
Probably named for the French province of Brie, the briard is the most popular
sheepdog in France and has been used there as a livestock guardian and sheepherder
since the Middle Ages.
The briard is not recommended for inexperienced dog owners.
Breed-related health concerns: hip dysplasia, bloat, hypothyroidism.
Reference: AKC - American Kennel Club