Legend has it that a dog similar to the modern Briard helped to trace the murderer of a nobleman called Aubry de Montdidier, giving them the name “Chien d’Aubry”. Whether that is true or not it seems likely that we hail from the province of Brie in France – famous for cheese. We’ve certainly been used all over France for sheepherding and guard duties as well as some important duties with the army. In today’s high powered world, we tend to leave the hard stuff to others and stick to being a great pet.
What do I look like?
We’re incredibly cute and good-looking for one! You’ll often see us with our tongue sticking out smiling. This is because we share a secret unknown to anybody else…and I’m not going to give it away here. Underneath our coat we have a muscular and well proportioned body, a rounded skull and a strong muzzle. The Briard dog nose is black and our eyes are brown, gentle and intelligent. We have a long tail that curls at the tip and quite small ears – we still have great hearing however.
What do I need from you?
Briard dogs are remarkably easy to live with – we just need a lot of love and companionship. In fact we may well cry once our owners leave us. We’ve been referred to as “a heart of gold wrapped in fur”. That said, we do need good training from the outset. We have very good memory so once we learn a lesson we’ll retain it for a long time to come. If we’re not taught, however, our strong mindedness and stubborn-side may mean that we rule the roost.
What I will give in return
As above, we’re a very loyal and protective breed. This means we can be aloof with strangers so new introductions should be on our terms, including furniture or the addition of a new baby into the household. We need to be shown that the new intrusion is friendly and then they’re in our circle of trust forever. We have proven to be a very good breed to have around children of all ages and rapidly develop a strong affection to them too. If you leave us we will celebrate your return in an unbelievably enthusiastic way – banners, balloons, fireworks, you name it…or maybe just a very wagging tail!
How big will I get?
Fairly big I guess – up to 27in (68cm) in height and maybe even 85lb (38.5kg).
How long should I be around for?
Briard dogs typically live for between 10 and 12 years.
We seem to have been big in political circles with Charlemagne and Napoleon as known owners. Meanwhile, Thomas Jefferson is credited with introducing us into the U.S.
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