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Briard Breed Profile
Briard fact file
KC Group: Pastoral
Good with children?: Seek breeder advice
Exercise requirement: Lots
Good guard dogs?: Yes
Moulting level: Low
Jogging partner: Short runs
A rugged, traditional French herding breed, the Briard is considered to be full of energy and rather boisterous. The Briard was also a favourite breed of progressive American thinker and author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson.
The Breed Standard describes their temperament as being "very intelligent, gay and lively" and they also continue to exhibit strong herding and protective instincts toward their family. They are good with children, other pets and the public at large once they've been shown that there is no threat from them. They don't respond well to being left out of family activities and sometimes issues of dominance can arise, especially where effective socialization hasn't been carried out.
The Briard's Breed Standard specifies a height of 61-69cm for dogs and 58-65cm for bitches.
The Briard is prone to common large breed ailments such as Bloat and Hip Dysplasia
Briard Special Care
Early socialization is a must with this breed and care should be taken to let them bond with each member of the family as otherwise they can become possessive of certain family members.
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