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The Briard was originally bred in France as a guard dog. Later, he also assumed the duties of herding the flocks. Can be a loving and loyal companion in the hands of the right person, but is not for everyone.
Males: 23 to 27 inches at the shoulders.
Females: 22 to 25 1/2 inches at the shoulder
Black, Various Shades of Tawny, Various Shades of Grey. White is a disqualification.
Long - soft. Grooming required is high. Shedding is constant and heavy.
If not combed out almost daily the coat will tangle and matt.
Not friendly and outgoing with dogs or people.
Very loving and loyal to one person.
When well trained are usually trustworthy off lead.
Can be destructive if not properly trained.
Can be very vocal.
Excellent as guard dogs.
Can not be trusted with small children.
Usually not difficult to housebreak.
Usually not good with other animals.
Reception to Training:
Excellent candidate in the hands of a skilled trainer. Not a good dog for a novice
Hip and Elbow displasia, Allergies, Epilepsy, PRA, cataracts.
This breed is not a good prospect as a family pet.
If looking for a Conformation Show dog, this is an good choice.
If looking for a Pet/Companion Dog, a poor choice.
If looking for an Obedience Dog, a poor choice.