The Briard is a large breed originally designed as herding dogs. They have a well-muscled body structures. Brave and protective the Briard will make a great guard dog. They are very loving and affectionate towards their family, protective too. Sweet and gentle, they are great with children. They can play with and at the same time protect them even from parents who scold their child. They need excessive grooming since their coat gets dirty easily, so if you don’t have the time for this, then you might consider getting another breed.
The Briard is a large and powerful breed. They stand up to 27 inches and can weigh up to 75 pounds. It has a large rectangular shaped head with a wide muzzle adorned with mustache and beard. It has large dark eyes covered with hair. The nose is black, and the eyes are set high on its head. It has strong, powerful legs with large feet and black nails. The tail is J-shaped and crooked at the end.
The Briard is brave and protective which makes it a good guard dog. They make very loyal companions. Naturally intelligent, the Briard is very much trainable. They are gentle and sweet and very eager to please. They also have extraordinary hearing ability and a fine memory.
The Briard needs an owner who can display leadership otherwise they will become the boss of you and become stubborn and very unfriendly. They need plenty of activities and entertainment to keep them occupied and happy.
They are generally healthy, but the Briard is prone to eye problems, hip dysplasia, and bloating and stomach torsion. The Briard has a life expectancy of 10-12 years.
The Briard is to be fed 3-4 cups of high-quality food and divided into two meals every day. Avoid exercise at least two hours after feeding since they have the tendency to bloat.
COAT, COLOR, AND GROOMING
The Briard has a coarse and wavy outer coat that is usually hard and dry. A fine and tight undercoat is what lies underneath. The Briard comes in a variety of colors except for white. This breed requires extensive grooming. Thorough brushing of its coat is required daily and bath as needed since they get dirty very easily. Brushing your Briards teeth at least twice a week will do it good and prevent any tartar buildup. Trim the nails at least once a month if they down naturally wear them down.
WITH FAMILY, CHILDREN AND OTHER PETS
The Briard is affectionate by nature which makes them good family dogs. They are great with children because of their playful and protective attitude. Even so, it is always better if you teach your children the proper way of approaching and when not to approach a dog. No matter how friendly the dog is, never leave a child with them unsupervised. They are generally good with other animals most especially if they were raised together. Socialization at an early age will do them good to control their urge to chase animals who don’t belong to the family circle.