The Briard is a breed with a rich history, its origins dating back as far as the 14th century. A dog of many talents, the Briard was used extensively by the French army in the First World War, these dogs helping keep guard, send messages, as well as helping search for wounded soldiers. This use almost drove them to extinction, the breed coming out of the war with hugely diminished numbers. Thankfully Briards are still around today, and can now be found performing rescue work for the police and military, acting in movies, or simply making for great companion dogs. Aggressive towards its foes yet loving of its friends, the Briard is an extremely versatile breed that is not for the faint of heart.
Lifestyle and Living Environment
Briards are highly intelligent and as such can adapt to most living environments, including apartments. Their exercise needs of over 60 minutes per day however are quite extensive, and so people without the time to fulfil these needs should consider other breeds. Despite their historical use as military dogs, Briards are extremely caring towards their families and have a natural instinct to protect the vulnerable, including small children. As such, families with young kids need not be discouraged, however do note that regardless of the breed, babies and toddlers should never be left unsupervised with dogs. Independent in nature, Briards will require consistent training from a young age to truly flourish.
Common Health Issues
Hip Dysplasia, Elbow Dysplasia, Congenital Stationary Night Blindness (CSNB), Hypothyroidism, Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA), Von Willebrand's Disease, Cancer, Gastric Torsion.