The Briard is a sheepdog and guard dog that originated in France. It is the official dog of the French Army.

Appearance & Grooming

The Briard is a large dog with dewclaws on its hind legs. They have long, waterproof fur in tawny, gray, and black. The Briard sheds infrequently, but daily brushing will keep their fur knot-free.

Behavior & Disposition

The Briard is known for its intelligent, faithful, courageous, loyal and alert disposition. Adult supervision is recommended when the Briard interacts with other dogs and small children.

Activity Level

The Briard has a high activity level, but it is still easy for the breed to become overweight. For optimal health, the Briard should be carefully monitored for calorie consumption and should have daily walks.


The Briard is very independent, so it may be difficult to train this breed. Because the Briard quickly picks up new things and has a good memory, active training sessions aimed at stimulating them are more effective. Early socialization in puppyhood is recommended.

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