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Kid friendly
Best watch
Easy to train
Low shedding
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Breed Information
Popularity 2016: #1322015: #1302014: #132
Name Briard
Other names Berger De Brie, Berger Briard
Origin France
Breed Group Herding (AKC:1906)Gun Dog Breeds (UKC)
Size Large
Type Purebred
Life span 10-12 years
Temperament FaithfulFearlessIntelligentLoyalObedientProtective
Height Male: 24-27 inches (62-68 cm)Female: 22-25 inches (56-64 cm)
Weight 75 pounds (35 kg)
Colors BlackGrayTawny
Litter Size 8-10 puppies
Puppy Price Average $1000 - $1200 USD
Breed Characteristics
Adaptability 4 stars
Apartment Friendly 4 starsThe Briard will do okay in an apartment if it is sufficiently exercised. They are moderately active indoors and will do best with at least an average-sized yard. This dog is totally not suited for life in a kennel. They are happiest in the home as part of the family, but they do love to be outdoors.
Barking Tendencies 3 starsOccassional
Cat Friendly 3 starsIf you have cats or other pets, or would like to someday, be sure the Briard grows up with them or is exposed to them frequently while he is young. This breed has a strong prey drive and may not be friendly toward cats or other critters unless he has learned that lesson at an early age.
Child Friendly 4 starsGood with Kids: This is a suitable breed for kids and is known to be playful, energetic, and affectionate around them. It is also shy toward strangers.
Dog Friendly 3 stars
Exercise Needs 5 starsThe Briard is a working dog and will become restless and can develop behavioral problems if not exercised enough. They need to go on a long daily walk, or run alongside your bicycle. They make an excellent jogging companion and also enjoy a good swim. They are ideally suited to defense dog/police dog trials.
Grooming 5 starsHigh Maintenance: Grooming should be performed often to keep the dog's coat in good shape. Professional groomers can be sought after for assistance. No trimming or stripping needed.
Health Issues 3 starsHypoallergenic: No
Intelligence 5 starsRanking: #30. (See All Rankings)
Playfulness 3 stars
Shedding Level 3 starsModerate Shedding: Expect this dog to shed regularly. Be prepared to vacuum often. Brushing will reduce shedding as well as make the coat softer and cleaner.
Stranger Friendly 2 stars
Trainability 4 starsEasy Training: The Briard is quite intelligent and eager to please. This breed will be relatively easy to train, as they were intended to complete tasks without supervision or even direction. The Briard does require a firm hand when training, however, they will not respond well to anger and could become timid if frequently communicated to in anger.
Watchdog Ability 5 starsGreat Watchdog Ability: This dog will bark and alert its owners when an intruder is present. It exhibits very protective behavior, acts fearless toward any aggressor, and will do what it takes to guard and protect its family.
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Puppy Names
Rank Male Female
01 Max Bella
02 Charlie Lucy
03 Buddy Molly
04 Duke Chloe
05 Cody Zoey
06 Sam Sophie
07 Louie Coco
08 Riley Roxy
09 Duke Luna
10 Leo Abbie
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The briard is square or slightly longer than it is tall and powerful without being course; the overall appearance is one of handsome form. Like all good herding dogs, it combines strength, flexibility, agility and endurance with the ability to make abrupt turns, springing starts and sudden stops. Its movement has been described as "quicksilver," with supple, light strides that give the impression of gliding. Its undercoat is fine and tight, and its outer coat is coarse and dry, lying flat in long, slightly wavy locks. On the shoulders, the coat's length is 6 inches or more. The questioning, confident expression is enhanced by the longer eyebrows, as well as the long-appearing head.

Devoted and faithful, the briard is a loving and protective companion. It is independent, intelligent and self-assured, but it is also willing to please and eager to serve as a partner in adventure. It is reserved with strangers. It can be aggressive with other dogs and may nip at people's heels when playing. It tends to stay at home and may attempt to keep the family's children home as well!

The Briard, also known as the Berger de Brie, is a very old breed, dating all the way back to the 14th century where it appeared in the novel “Livre de chasse”(Book of the Hunt). Briards have been owned by historical figures such as Charlemagne, Napoleon, Thomas Jefferson and Lafayette. The Briard is primarily a flock guard and herding dog, which is what it's main purpose was up until World War I. The Briard's use in World War I brought the breed nearly to extinction. They were utilized for many tasks such as running messages, delivering food and ammunition to the front lines, locating wounded soldiers, detecting mines and picking up trails. The Briard developed popularity in 1863 after the Paris dog show. The Briard became fully recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1906. This breed is still utilized as a flock guard, however, it has also taken on work with the military, police and search and rescue. The Briard may be an excellent working dog, but they are still considered wonderful family companions.