The Briard is a protective, faithful, and fearless breed. They make wonderful watchdogs and sweet natured companions. They are easily trainable and eager to please. Briards make great family pets if they are socialized with children from a young age. Due to their strong herding instincts, they can be known to nip at people’s heels and chase animals, but this can be combatted by training and socializing your Briard.
Top 10 Facts:
1. The Briard originated in France and is thought to date back to the 8th century.
2. One of the distinguishing physical traits of the Briard are it’s double rear dew claws, which aid in herding livestock.
3. The Briard is often referred to by breed enthusiasts as a “heart of gold wrapped in fur.”
4. Thomas Jefferson is said to be the first person to bring the Briard to the United States.
5. Briards were used by the military in World War I in search and rescue missions for wounded soldiers.
6. If you’ve seen Married With Children, you’ll recognize the Briard as Al Bundy’s dog on the show!
7. They are relatively healthy dogs, but can be prone to bloating. They are also genetically predisposed to blindness.
8. Briards are best suited live in a home with a large back yard.
9. These dogs’ lush coats require lots of grooming, and daily brushing is of the utmost importance.
10. Briards can be tawny, black, grey, or fawn in color.