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Breed origin: France
Original purpose: Herding and guarding against wolves and poachers.
AKC recognized: 1928
AKC group: Herding
Height: males 23 to 27 inches;
females 22 to 25½ inches
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Black, various shades of gray and various shades of tawny, or combinations of two of these colors.
The Briard is alert, powerful, agile, intelligent, easily trained, faithful, gentle, and obedient. They have a strong desire to please their master and an excellent memory. They are guardians by instinct and are reserved with strangers but loving and loyal to those they know. Early socialization is extremely important for this breed to ensure that they develop into well rounded individuals. Some Briards might be more independent and/or stubborn than others.
Good with children?
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Easy to train?
Suitable canine sports/activities:
herding, obedience, agility
Their long coat requires frequent grooming, but is low shedding if kept well groomed.
Known health problems:
Cancer, gastric dilatation volvulus.
Additional photos of Briard
Recommended books for further reading:
By Alice Bixler Clark
Published in 1997
Other websites for additional information:
American Kennel Club breed page
Briard Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Briard Club of America Rescue