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The Briard - Interesting Dog Breed Information
How the Briard Began
Briards are an old breed of herding dogs that originated in France. These sheepdogs were used both as herding dogs and as protectors of their flocks even against predators such as wolves. The word Briard translates in French to English as literally meaning, "from the province of Brie." Briard dogs were first introduced into the United States after World War I, but it wasn't until the 1960's that these working dogs began to grow in popularity. The first Briards where registered in the United States by the American Kennel Club in 1922.
Briard Dog Breed Temperament and Care
The Briard is a highly loyal and protective dog breed towards their loved ones. When raised with children Briards can make excellent family pets.
Briards can sometimes have a tendency to be reserved and cautious of strangers. These sheepdogs are sometimes prone to displaying aggression with other dogs. Due to these tendencies it is especially recommended that people properly socialize their Briards with new dogs and strangers from an early age on a regular basis to help prevent any of these behavioral issues from occurring.
Providing Briard dogs with regular exercise also helps these sheepdogs in avoiding some of their potential behavioral problems as well. When properly socialized from a young age in particular, Briards can get along wonderfully with both other people and dogs.
The Briard requires regular daily exercise, and they are generally best suited for people with active lifestyles. It is recommended to take a Briard on daily walks or making sure the Briard receives healthy levels of exercise. These dogs enjoy getting involved with active forms of play such as throwing a ball in an open field or practicing and registering these sheepdogs to participate in flyball competitions or other forms of agility competitions and activities.
They are an intelligent breed of herding dogs that avidly enjoy mentally stimulating tasks.
Briard Dog Breed Appearance & Briard Health
The Briard is a powerful breed of dog built to have high stamina and endurance. Briards have tall upright necks that connect to large heads with wide muzzles. They are known for having a distinctive mustache and beard. Briards have sizable alert eyes that are usually brown in color. These canines have high set ears. Their bodies are slightly longer than what they are tall. Briards have an abundance of hair with dry, lengthy outer coats. Briards require regular grooming about twice a week. The Briard breed have coats that come in colors such as black, slate gray, and a numerous forms of fawn.
Male Briard dogs tend to weigh between 65 to 90 pounds, but they can weigh up to 100 pounds. Female Briards tend to weigh anywhere from 55 to 82 pounds. The average male Briard typically measures 24 to 27 inches at the withers. While female Briard dogs tend to measure within 23 to 26 inches at the withers.
The Briard has an average expected lifespan of 10 to 12 years of age.
As far as health concerns go, Briards specifically have a tendency towards numerous eye and vision problems. Briard puppies that are born genetically blind can potentially gain the ability to acquire vision through certain forms of gene therapy.