Showing posts with label Briard. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Briard. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Fact Sheet: BRIARD

Original Article: Briard - Facts You Must Know Before Adopting Briard

Briard - Photo: Wikimedia


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The Briard, also known as the Berger de Brie, is a large agile breed that has a powerful stature and muscular build. A herding dog, this breed was primarily bred not only to herd sheep but to protect them. They weigh an average of 75-90 pounds and stands 23-27 inches in height.

Coat
A double-coated breed, the Briard has a hard, dry, and coarse top coat that lies flat, falling in long, slightly waved locks; and a fine undercoat that covers tightly all over the body. Their hair is so abundant it masks the shape of the head or totally covers the eyes. Coats uniformly colored are all accepted except white. White can be permitted if it is only scattered throughout the coat, and/or a white spot that should not exceed one inch at the chest. Black or various shades of gray and tawny, and deeper shades of colors are usually preferred.

Activity
As with another working breed, the Briard should be given a long walk or be made to run alongside a bicycle. If not exercised enough, they will become destructive and restless. This breed makes a wonderful jogging companion, and also enjoys a good swim. Ideally suited for defense/police dog trials, this breed has a marvelous supply energy.

Temperament
The Briard is a protective and devoted breed. With a heart of gold, this breed is highly intelligent and loving. Once bonded with their family members, they will be loyal and very protective of them. Aloof with strangers or undiscovered things, this breed has to be introduced may it be furniture, a visitor, or a new baby. Early on, they should be taught if something is safe or harmful. Proved to have an excellent temper, this breed is great to have around children.

Overview
Bred primarily to herd and guard flocks of sheep, the Briard was often used to search for injured soldiers by the French Army. Now, this breed is a recognized companion dog that continues to be a delightful herder and a guardian.

Care
The coat of a Briard sheds water and dirt, with little shedding if well-groomed. They need brushing and combing daily to prevent mats to form. Bathing should be done only when necessary as it can damage the coat, making it difficult to groom. Ears should always be kept clean. The Briard is a generally healthy breed, although they may have a tendency to develop hip dysplasia, PRA, and cataracts.



Training
Extensive socialization should begin as puppies for this breed. The Briard has excellent memory skills and is highly trainable. They need firm and consistent training who is able to take charge. However, if not trained properly, they tend to be exceedingly fearful, hostile, or both.

Character
The Briard is a placid, affectionate breed with a lifetime of loyalty and devotion for their owners. They are highly intelligent and easy to train, making them a delightful household pet and excellent guard dog. As a herding dog, they are sturdy and it is recommended to provide them enough space as they are large dogs. Playful and loving, but cautious of strangers, the Briard is a breed with the impressive build and a big heart.



Tuesday, May 10, 2016

BRIARD - Dogs of the World

Briard - Dogs of the World



Monday, May 9, 2016

BRIARD - Basic Details You Ought To Know

The Briard, also known as the "Berger de Brie", belongs to the herding dog breed group. They have a shaggy coat that looks like a haystack. The breed is thought to have first existed during the 1300s where guarding homes and sheep is the reason they were first used. In the modern day they are a popular selection as a family guard dog, herding sheep, police work or search and rescue. Attributes like their shaggy coat and fearless nature are what they can be instantly recognized by. Their earlier ancestors are the Berger Picard, Beauceron and Barbet and they are assumed to have first existed in France during the 1300s.

Briard in der Farbe fauve
Briard in der Farbe fauve (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

They're categorized as a large sized dog. The official male size is 75-100 pounds and a height of 23-27 inches, while the female measurements are 50-65 pounds and a height of 22-25.5 inches. Their temperament is recognized as being protective and loyal. They're usually reserved or suspicious with people they haven't met before, and this means they are suitable as a guard dog. Compared with all other breeds, they're recognized as being quite smart, and score 30th when being trained to understand new obedience instructions.

They are suitable for a family pet, as they're gentle towards children. They don't get along peacefully with other pets such as other dogs and they may become aggressive with them. Taking care of their coat is a demanding assignment. They require proper grooming every 6 to 8 weeks, and frequent brushing through their coat once every day. They like having a good yard to run around in, but can be suitable for living in an apartment.



As with the majority of large sized breeds, they're by and large shorter-lived with a life expectancy of 10-12 years. Their most severe health problem is hip dysplasia, and they are also vulnerable to eye problems, bloat or hypothyroidism. Hobbies such as agility, herding, swimming or jogging will give them great pleasure. To avoid the development of destructive behavior, they should be taken for long walks every day because of their medium level of energy.

If you bring home the Briard you should be willing to give them firm leadership and a lot of grooming. They are less suitable for multiple pet households, but a perfect choice for active owners who can be their confident leader. Perhaps the best fact regarding this particular breed is it makes a good family watch dog due to its protective and loyal nature.