The French herder, the Briard, is a dog with boundless zest, loyalty, work drive and love. Originally bred to defend the flock against prey, today their tasks tend more to herding and keeping sheep in the pasture. Like many herders, your Briard puppy is a bit of an independent thinker, so patient training is necessary. He will be deeply loyal and attached to his family and is protective of children, who he may see as members of his flock. He's a lot of dog, but with socialization and training, he is an excellent family pet.