This breed is an independent thinker, so patience is necessary when training. Like many sheepdogs, this breed may be wary of strangers. However, the Briard is very sensitive to his family’s feelings and makes an excellent pet if time and effort is put in to raising him. A new Briard owner must seriously undertake the responsibilities of socialization and education. Attending ongoing training classes with the puppy from the onset is imperative. This breed needs more exercise than just walks on lead. If you don’t have a fenced yard it’s imperative to find a safe place where he can run and exercise to promote his physical and mental well-being.
Did You Know?
The Briard is a very old breed of French working dog.
The Briard is depicted in French tapestries as early as the 8th century.
In early times, Briards were used to defend their charges against wolves and poachers, but they eventually became more peaceful herding dogs.
History credits both the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson with bringing specimens of the Briard to the Americas.
In 1909, a French society called Les Amis du Briard (Friends of the Briard) was founded which eventually drew up a precise standard in 1925.
Thomas Jefferson became interested in Briards while serving as minister to France.
colors & Markings
Below is a list of the colors and markings available for this breed. Please refer to the breed standard for descriptions and the difference in types.
|Description||Desc.||Standard Colors||Std. Colors||Registration Code||Reg. Code|
|Black & Gray||012|
|Black & Tawny||313|
|Tawny & Gray||312|
|Description||Desc.||Standard Markings||Std. Markings||Registration Code||Reg. Code|