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Other names: Berger de Brie, Berger Briard
Country of Origin: France
Height: Female: 56–65 cm, Male: 58–69 cm
Weight: Female: 23–34 kg, Male: 27–41 kg
Color: Black, Tawny, White, Black & Gray, Grey, Black & Tawny
Life Expectancy: 10 – 12 years
Temperament: Protective, Obedient, Loyal, Faithful, Fearless, Intelligent
Litter Size: 9 - 16 puppies
Health Problems: Generally healthy, but some lines are prone to PRA, cataracts and hip dysplasia. Briards, like other large-chested breeds, can experience bloat and stomach torsion. The condition can come on very fast and, if left untreated, is fatal.
Generally healthy, but some lines are prone to PRA, cataracts and hip dysplasia. Briards, like other large-chested breeds, can experience bloat and stomach torsion.
The condition can come on very fast and, if left untreated, is fatal. The Briard is a large, powerful herding dog. In males, the body is about the same length as the height, but in females the length may be slightly longer.
The topline is straight. The head is large, long and rectangular in shape. The wide muzzle has a long mustache and beard.
The stop is well marked. The square-shaped nose is black with open nostrils. Teeth meet in a scissors bite.
The large eyes are set wide apart and come in black or black-brown with very dark pigmentation along the rims. Eyes are covered with hair which cascades to the rest of the body.
The ears are either cropped or left natural, set high, not lying flat to the head. The legs are powerful with strong bone.
The Briard is a working dog and will become restless and can develop behavioral problems if not exercised enough. They need to go on a long daily walk, or run alongside your bicycle. They make an excellent jogging companion and also enjoy a good swim. They are ideally suited to defense dog/police dog trials.