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Briard Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Briard so you can get to know the breed more.

Group Pastoral Dogs (Herding Dogs)
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OriginFrance
Other Names
What other names does the Briard have? The dog breed also known as...
Berger De Brie, Berger Briard
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Briard recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1928 as a Herding breed.
FCI Group
Is Briard recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Sheepdogs and Cattledogs (except Swiss Cattledogs) group, in the Sheepdogs section.
Price
How much does the Briard puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Briard price:
$1000-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Briard, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Briard for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Briard gets to a happy place.

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General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Briard size:
Large
Weight
How much does the Briard weigh? Briard weight:
75 pounds (35 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Briard? Briard average weight:
75 pounds (35 kg)
Height
How tall is the Briard? Briard height:
Male: 24-27 inches (62-68 cm), Female: 22-25 inches (56-64 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Briard average height:
Male: 25.5 inches (65 cm), Female: 23.5 inches (60 cm)

Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Briard have? What does this canine coat look like?
Fine
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Briard's coat?
TawnyGrayBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Briard and how often?
Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition. The Briard requires grooming on a daily basis. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer is essential. Everyday brushing of the dog's coat is necessary to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath should be on a weekly schedule. Taking good care of your Briard is time consuming and requires excellent grooming skills. If you don't have the time and skill search for the best dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment. Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk in dog bath places nearby.
Shedding Level
How much do Briard dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Berger De Brie? Briard shedding level:
Briards shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Briard have? What characteristics does the breed have?
FaithfulIntelligentObedientFearlessLoyalProtective
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Briard? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Briard's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Briard dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Briards are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
Briards, like any other dog breed, like playing. Sometimes they bark as excitement for playing, but they are not the most playful dog breed.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Briard sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Briards don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household and frequent guest visits really well. They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Briards are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and considered as a great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Berger De Brie need? Briard social needs:
Briards are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Briard dogs bark a lot? Why does my Berger Briard bark?
Average: The Briard barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and same barks could have a different meaning. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Briard good as a watchdog?
Briards are one of the best watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're very consistent in their effort. The best vocal cords and sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're very territorial and protective about their property, so the Briard dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Territorial
Do Briard dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Briards are extremely protective guard dogs. This breed doesn't hesitate to protect their territory so the Briard can be a good choice if you want an excellent guard dog. Keep calm and the Briard will take care of unwanted people or animals.
Biting Potential
Do Briard bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Berger De Brie? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Briard? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Briard has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Briard do?
Briards have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Briards need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Briard to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Briard roam?
Briards have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Briard have high prey drive?
Briards have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Briard good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Briards are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle. They need to be outside in the garden, or you must walk them for a few hours every day.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Briards adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Briards do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Briard dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Briards are not the most stranger friendly dogs.
Child Friendly
Are Briard dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Briard and children:
Briards are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Briard dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Briards are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Briard good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Briard dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Briards are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Briards good office dogs? Do Briards make good office friendly dogs? Can Briards be office dogs?
No
Briard is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Briard dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Berger De Brie temperament with senior people? Are Briard dogs good for elderly owners?
Briards are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Briard dogs get along with other pets? Are Briard dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Briards are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Briard breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Briards are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Briard be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Briard is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Briard be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Briard is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Briard be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Briard is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Briard be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Briard is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Briard be a boat dog?
Not really
Briard breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Briard be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Briard is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Briard dogs have health problems?
The Briard is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Life Expectancy
How long do Briard dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Briard be?
10-12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Briard breed hypoallergenic?
No
Briards don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Briard have?
Briards have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Briard dogs require per day?
Briards need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Briards are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend to much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Briard need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
4 to 7 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Briard risk for obesity:
Average. The Briard has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Briard's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Prefers average to cold weather conditions
The Briard can adapt to well to cold weather conditions, some dogs even can be a good mountain dog.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Briard has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Briard drool?
The Briard is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Briard could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimal compared to others, just like the Briard. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long is the Briard pregnant? How long does it take to have this dog puppies? Briard pregnancy time period:
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Briard: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Briard have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Briard have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
8-10 puppies

Pros & Cons of Briard

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Briard's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Briards are easy to train.
  • Drooling tendency: The Briard is a perfect example for very low drooling tendency.
  • Watchdog Ability: Briards are one of the best watchdogs.
  • Mouthiness: Briards have lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Adaptability: Briards adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Briards are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Briards are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Briards don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Briards are not recommended for an apartment lifestyle.
  • Grooming: Professional: This breed needs a lot of work to keep in good condition.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Briards have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Briards do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Briard is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Briards are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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