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Breed origin: France
Original purpose: Herding and guarding against wolves and poachers.

AKC recognized: 1928
AKC group: Herding

Size: Height: males 23 to 27 inches; females 22 to 25½ inches
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Color: Black, various shades of gray and various shades of tawny, or combinations of two of these colors.

General characteristics/temperament: 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.

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Good with children? Yes

Good watchdog? Excellent

Protective? Yes

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Intelligent? Yes

Easy to train? Yes

Suitable canine sports/activities: herding, obedience, agility

Grooming requirement: 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:

Briard (A Comprehensive Owner's Guide)
By Desiree Scott, Isabelle Francais, and Carol Ann Johnson
Published in 2006
155 pages

By Alice Bixler Clark
Published in 1997
191 pages

Other websites for additional information:

American Kennel Club breed page
Briard Club of America
Wikipedia breed information page
Briard Club of America Rescue

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