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Briard.jpg (8096 bytes) The Briard is a farm worker by nature and lives to herd anything! They are basically kind, but with a strong protective instinct.  It makes a wonderful, alert watchdog. Sensitive, playful and obedient, but with definite minds of their own. 
Breed: Briard
Country of Origin: France
AKC Group: Herding
Function: Herder, flock guardian search & rescue, police work, military work, guarding, & companion
Life Span: 10-12 years
Appearance: Large & muscular
Color: Black, gray, or tawny
Coat Type: Coarse long, slightly wavy double coat
Grooming: Brush daily to avoid matting
Height: 22-27 inches
Weight: 75 pounds
Activity Level: High
Watch Dog: Yes
Protection: No
Intelligence: High
Trainability: Very high
Good With Children: Ok
Good With Pets: Ok
Good With Strangers: No
Character: Energetic
Home Environment: Fenced yard
Best Owner: Firm
Potential Problems:  
Physical: PRA, cataracts, hip dysplasia, & bloat. Stomach torsion can come on very fast and, if left untreated is fatal.