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Briard Home country: France

The Briard or the Berger de Brie is a dog with a lot of energy, courage, obedience and amazing initiative when faced with obstacles, making it an excellent guard dog.
Presentation
We first heard about the Briard in 1809 when a priest wrote about a long-haired shepherd dog, an ancestor of the Briards of our days, and another short-haired dog, the Beauceron.

Originally, the Briard guarded the herds. This dog had a lot of energy, courage and obedience as well as being an independent thinker, able to take the initiative when faced with problems, which made them excellent watchdogs.
The shepherd sheared his sheep and his Briard at the same time using a pair of shears. He also cropped the ears of puppies so that if wolves attacked the herd, they wouldn''t be able to get an easy hold of the Briard.
Little by little, following its physical changes involving more hair, we started to prefer this dog breed because it needs less upkeep than, for example, the Beauceron.

Briards were used by the French army in the two world wars: as a sentry and medic dog looking for injured soldiers on the battle field.

The first Briard to be registered in the French Stud book in 1885 was called "Sans Gêne" which means "cheeky" in French.
The Briard of this time wasn''t the same as the hairy one we know today. We owe this evolving to the breeders who started to participate in dog exhibitions. The first was in 1863 in Paris and the first Briard to get a prize was a female called "Charming".
The breeders then started to make selections in their breedings from this time one in order to eventually get to the Briard of today, with a notably longer coat. As for the color, even though the original color of the Briard was black, today we can have fawn, black or gray coats. The build and the character are still selected and worked on by the breeders in order to get the best dog.

The male is 24 - 28 inches tall while the female is between 22 and 25 inches.
The Briard''s hair is curly, long and dry (like a goat''s) with a light under-coat.
This dog is black, fawn, dirty fawn (light or medium darkness) often with a gray or black mask.

As for the animal''s body, the back is straight, the hindquarters are a little sloping and slightly rounded. Its large and long chest comes down to its elbows.
Its tail is ever docked and hangs down, reaching at least the knee, forming a slight hook in the shape of a J. In action, the tail could be help up high, following the line of the back.
You can find Briards in various areas where they build on their natural qualities: obedience, tracking and even agility. Needless to say that everyone will easily find an ideal companion in this dog for sharing their passions and hobbies!

The Briard is first and foremost a family dog that sticks to their master and develops well in sharing life and activities in a family circle. But don''t be mistaken: this hairy dog has a big heart and is a protective guardian in nature, ready to share everything with their human family. A good education is essential to stifle their natural instincts: be careful because we aren''t sheep!

The Briard won''t miss a chance to challenge you once you''ve become familiar with its sheepdog look - a mixture of grace and gently efficiency.
Dog Beau portrait noir et blanc de Kannou - Briard  (Has just been born)
Beau portrait noir et blanc de Kannou
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Dog KARA\'KHAN, beau portrait noir et blanc - Briard  (Has just been born)
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Dog Fly Briard de 13 mois - Briard  (1 year and 1 month)
Fly Briard de 13 mois
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KARA'KHAN "The fixateur" a 2 mois (juin 2010)
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Dog KARA\'KHAN, 9 mois, Briard - Briard  (9 months)
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