Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: Dog: 23-27 in (57.5-67.5cm) Bitch: 22-25½ in (55-64cm)
Weight: 75 lb (33.7kg)
Coat: Long, slightly wavy, and dry to the touch, with a fine, dense undercoat
Color: Solid black, or with scattered white hairs; fawn, darker shades preferred; fawns may have dark shading on ears, muzzle, back, and tail
|The Briard is the best known of the French sheepdogs,
The others being the Beauce, Picardy, and Pvrenean.
The Briard is reputed to have come to Europe with
Asian invaders before the end of the Middle Ages,
along with other breeds of sheepdog such as the
Hungarian Komondor and Russian Owtcharka,
which have similar conformation. The breed became
more widely known during World War I, when it
carried ammunition for the French Army and was
employed by the Red Cross.
The Briard has a gentle nature and makes a good
family pet or farm dog, provided sufficient space is
available. It is good with children, intelligent, and
fearless. It is a breed that takes pride in cleaning itself,
but needs regular brushing. Like all sheepdogs, it
requires plenty of exercise.