Briard

Herding Group

Briard dog lying in front of white background

Height at Shoulders

Females 22-25.5 in, Males 23-27 in

Weight

55-100 lbs

Life Expectancy

10-12 yrs

History

The Briard originated in the dairy belt of northern France around the region of Brie from which it gets its name. It is believed that the breed might date back to the year 800 AD. Briards were bred by dairy farmers to do two jobs: herd and guard the flocks from thieves or predators. Over the years, the Briard has found work in many places such as pulling carts, doing sentry work, and finding wounding soldiers for the French army during WWI.

Breed Characteristics

While not all Briards will display the exact characteristics typical of the breed, most share a personality and temperament can be generalized by the characteristic rankings below. 

Intelligence

Affection Towards Family

Friendliness Towards Strangers

Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

Exercise Needs

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★☆☆☆

★★★★★

★★★★☆

Energy Level

Sensitivity

Noise Level

Prey Drive

Shedding

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★★☆

★★★☆☆

★☆☆☆☆

Intelligence

★★★★


Affection Towards Family

★★★★


Friendliness Towards Strangers

★★


Friendliness Towards Other Dogs

★★★★★


Exercise Needs

★★★★


Energy Level

★☆


Sensitivity

★★★★☆


Noise Level

★☆


Prey Drive

★☆


Shedding

★☆☆☆

Common Traits

Friendly, sweet, and gentle (especially with children)

Have double dewclaws

Very loving and devoted to their family without being overly affectionate or clingy

Intelligent and quick learners who are generally eager to please but are also independent with a bit of a stubborn streak

Very protective and make natural guard dogs, but may be uneasy around strangers or other animals if not sufficiently socialized early