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Briard

General Description

A large muscular body. Long and thick double coat. The coat changes colour slightly as they grow from puppy to adult. Most common colours are black and fawn.

General Health

Generally a healthy breed. Hip dysplasia and eye problems are something to be aware of. They have a tendency to bloat so careful feeding needed.

Hereditary Illnesses

No major illnesses known

Character and Temperament

They have a very strong herding instinct and protective nature. Loyal and intelligent a good trainable dog. Brave and fearless yet remaining gentle and eager to please. These dogs need an experienced handler to bring out the best in them and control their willful instincts. These dogs are good with children but do need Socializing early. As with all breeds, poor handling of this breed can make them withdrawn or even aggressive.

Food

Due to the tendency to bloat, it is recommended that smaller meals are given a couple of times a day as apposed to one larger one.

Exercise

Working dogs that need a good daily walk.

Grooming

Briards require a lot of grooming to keep the coat attractive and healthy and more importantly to keep the dog comfortable.

Origin

This breed is an ancient herding breed and the exact origin is not clear. They have been used by the French Army as a messenger and to search for wounded soldiers.

Stats

Average Dog Size

24 - 27

Average Dog Weight

75

Average Bitch Size

22 - 25

Average Bitch Weight

70

Average Litter Size

8 - 10

Average Life Expectancy

9 - 15


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