AKC PuppyFinder: Briard Puppies

Breed Traits
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  • Personality: A whole lot of dog: smart, confident, faithful, with plenty of joie de vivre
  • Energy Level: Somewhat Active; Vigorous exercise and, ideally, a job to do are what they live for
  • Good with Children: Better with Supervision
  • Good with other Dogs: With Supervision
  • Shedding: Infrequent
  • Grooming: Weekly
  • Trainability: Independent
  • Height: 23-27 inches (male), 22-25.5 inches (female)
  • Weight: 55-100 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 12 years
  • Barking Level: Barks When Necessary
Breed Description
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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.

History & Job
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Origin: France

Year Recognized: 1928

Breed History & Job Description: In the dairy belt of northern France, Briards have been working pastures since Charlemagne’s time. They’re named for the region of Brie, best known for the gooey cheese of the same name. French farmers, known for frugality, developed Briards as two-in-one dogs: They’re sheepherders famed for quicksilver agility, and also tough, courageous flock guardians. Briards were introduced to America by two towering figures of Revolutionary times, Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette. Even Napoleon, who didn’t particularly like dogs, was a fan.

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Briards are generally a healthy breed. They may however, be affected by bloat, a digestive disorder of the stomach.

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.


Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluation
  • Stationary Night Blindness Optigen DNA Test
Breed Club
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  • Breed Club: Briard Club of America, Inc.
  • Breed Club Link: http://www.briardclubofamerica.org/
  • Breed Standard: View
  • Group: Herding
  • 2016 Popularity: 132
  • Breed Referral Contact: Tiffany Smith - 605-490-1632
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  • Breed Club Rescue: Briard Rescue Trust
  • Breed Club Rescue Email: briardrescuetrust@comcast.net
  • Breed Club Rescue Phone: 717-786-8118
  • Breed Club Rescue Link: http://www.briardrescuetrust.org/


Click here to see all Briard Rescue Groups.

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