Briard

Large Size

Moderate shedding

Not good for first time owners

These shepherd dogs date back to medieval France, where they would guard and herd flocks. Their working and protective instincts have been put to use in many environments since, including as search dogs, looking for wounded soldiers during both world wars.

FACT SHEET

Attractive to ...

An experienced, Francophile dog lover with lots of time to devote to socialisation and training.

Not the best for ...

Someone inexperienced in dealing with a breed that has strong protective, guarding instincts.

Aliases

Berger de Brie, Berger Briard

Cross between

None

Origin

France

Size

Large
Large - but would still fit in a small car

Exercise Needs

High (Two hours or more)
Without sufficient mental and physical exercise will probably do the wall of death around the living room!

Coat

Long almost human hair
Luscious long outer locks that need lots of attention and a soft undercoat that will get knotty if not combed out.

Shedding

Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

11 years

Good first dog?

No

HOW IT WORKS

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