Briard
Briard
Size
Large
Height
Males – 15.5 to 18 inches at the withers, Females – 14 to 16.5 inches at the withers
Weight
25 to 35 pounds
Coat
Long
Color
Black, gray and tawny
Energy
Medium
Activities
Herding, Police and Military Work, Search and Rescue, Conformation

For centuries, the brave, loyal Briard guarded and herded sheep in rural France. This large, muscular breed has a strong protective instinct and an excellent memory. Briards can be willful but also are trainable and eager to please. The breed has a distinctive appearance with his bushy eyebrows, shaggy beard and luxurious wavy coat. The Briard needs extensive grooming, including daily brushing, to prevent matting.

Did you know?

Some credit Marquis de Lafayette with introducing the Briard to America, but Thomas Jefferson also imported the breed. During World War I, the Briard was the official French army dog, helping carry supplies and find wounded soldiers on the battlefield.

Training the Briard

Whether it's basic obedience, flying disc or running, it's easy to unlock your dog's hidden potential with our free Purina Pro Plan P5 training app, available for IOS and Android.