- WEIGHT: 10 to 51 lbs
- HEIGHT: 10 to 18 inches
- COLOR(S): Black, Black and tan, blue, blue and brown, reddish brown, red, orange, and cream and sable.
- BREED GROUP: Non-Sporting
WEIGHT: 75 to 100 lbs
HEIGHT: 22 to 27 inches
COLOR(S): All colors except white.
It should be noted that the Briard breed can be wary towards strangers and contrarily well mannered among family. These dogs are active, lively and protective with strong herding instincts, making them excellent family guard dogs. They are obedient, intelligent and loyal with the ability to learn quickly.
Briards have thick, long coats that should be brushed regularly to avoid matting and maintain cleanliness.
Occasionally this breed suffers from PRA (progressive retinal atrophy), hip dysplasia and gastric torsion. Briards are also susceptible to bloat which is a major issue to large, deep chested dogs.
Briards do not need as much exercise as some of the herding breeds, but they still need the opportunity to stretch, have daily walks and run in open areas when possible.
Generally, Briards are easy to train thanks to their high level of intelligence. They should be treated consistently and fairly. The do not respond to harsh or unjust training. Instead, owners should maintain patience and be stern and confident with their training routine. Briards may require a certain firmness with training but this should never turn into anger. If poorly handled or trained, this breed will become withdrawn and potentially aggressive. They are not recommended for first time dog owners, so be sure to properly research the breed before adopting. Briards require regular training, attention and leadership from their masters.
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