Briard general features, temperament, health

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FCI # 113, Origin: France, Group 1.1 Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs. Sheepdogs.

Height: 22-27 in, Weight: average of 75 pounds

Grooming: High, Shedding: High, Coat: Double coat - outer coat is hard and long, undercoat is fine and soft.

Color: Any color??except??for white.

Ease of training: High, Energy level: High,??Span of life: 10-12 years.

Breed: The first mentioning of this dogs in the literature refers to the 12 century.??Today, in France there are 14 breeds of shepherd dogs, the most common of them - Briard and Beauceron.??The name "Briard Shepherd" to refer to a French shepherd with long hair appeared in 1809.

Briards were shown at exhibitions in 1863.??Officially, the first member of the breed ??was registered in 1885, when there was created the French stud book.??In this first year of it's existence 200 dogs were described there, and the Briar was among the 20 lucky dogs that were not of a hunting breeds.

The history of the proper breeding started later, and their modern form Briards got at the breeding years 1895-96, when it was formed the Club of a French Sheepdogs Fanciers.??The first standard was adopted in 1897.??Over the past century selection of breeding stock was carried out exclusively on working qualities - French peasants were not interested in the appearance of their dogs.

Now herding the sheep does not have those scales that had been previously.??Many breeds of a herding dogs who lost their jobs, were leaving the scene.??Fortunately, this did not affect Briards in any way - the breed has been recognized and became popular beyond the borders of it's homeland.??The reason for that - an unforgettable unique look and exceptional working qualities of a modern Briards.

General Features: Briard is a strong and agile dog, with the great dignity.??They are mobile, well-balanced, courageous and energetic. It??is a creature with a heart made of gold.??Very affectionate, loyal and playful.??Tied to the owner, loves to play with children, although restrained with strangers.

Briard's beautiful coat may be of any solid color, except for white: black, gray, fawn.??Clarification of the basic color on the legs gives the impression of a two-color.??Preference is given to dark tones.

Briard's head is large and elongated. The transition from forehead to the muzzle is well marked.??Rectangular forehead.??Nose should be in a shape of a square.??Coat on Briard's head forms a beard, mustache and bushy eyebrows, partially covering his eyes.

The tail is not docked with sort of a hook at the end, covered with long thick hair.The dog carries his tail low, not moving much to ??the right or left.

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Temperament: Centuries of breeding cemented in Briards exceptional qualities of the shepherd and loyalty to man.??But we should not forget that a dog is indeed a personification of the owner, and a puppy of any breed should be educated since the first second of his appearance in the house.

Any dog, even with the perfect mentality, can be turned into a moral monster just seemingly "doing nothing".??A Briard puppies are so touching that, often, the owners treat them as toys and do not notice how little fluffy teddy bear has turned into a great bear and manages the entire family at his discretion.

It is therefore very important not to miss this auspicious period for the formation of behavioral responses.??Such a serious problem, as the education of a large working dog should not be trusted to children.??Communicate - yes, but the Briar shall have authoritative master, whom he will respect and who will be able to prevent the growing dog from becoming a leader and rule his pack - the family.

Briard a teenager will be exploring your psyche - you may not even notice, it will be easy for him to be able to find vulnerabilities and take advantage of the least of your weakness to get a higher place in the hierarchy of the pack.

Briards usually have an amazing thirst for knowledge.??Briard have the highest intellectual mobility, due to his curiosity, he is easy to learn, but we must bear in mind that when training the Briard there must be excluded the harsh methods and painful punishments.

Briard will not blindly obey, he is always??analyzing??how and what he should do.??Using this, we can achieve amazing results. The cntact between Briar and his owner is very important.??Briard should be trained like a dolphin, communicating with the trainer, and the best method here - is to encourage the correct behavior. If the dog does something wrong - this is an error of a handler, not the dog.

Briard's owner must have patience, composure, should be ready to engage in any circumstances (a Briar is no sissy, he is not afraid of mud, puddles, rain, or frost).??Instead you will get a great dog, understand you from one word, from a glance, and ready to give his life for you if necessary.

Thanks to lightning fast reactions, agility, flexibility, speed, Briards are suitable for all types of training - basic obedience, agility, even??body guarding.??Suitable for towing, they are so eager to work, that sometimes you even have to slow them down.

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Briard is a companion dog, and he can not exist without man, without attention and without communicating. Briard is seriously suffering, when left alone. ??Briard enjoys diversity - new games, new places, new people.??On walks, he always has a very busy looking, he can nto just simply "breathe the air".

The main livestock of Briards is in France (in their homeland on the number of livestock of this breed ranks second behind the German Shepherd), Germany, Italy, Belgium and Holland.??Very popular Briard is in the Czech Republic and Slovakia in the Nordic countries (in Sweden, for example, Briar is a cult breed for training), USA, Poland.

Briard is in the list of breeds that have a working trials at all shows.??Undoubtedly, proper breeding livestock is not enough, the dog is rare at the Dog shows, and, especially, at competitions.??Like many other breeds, there is a problem of breeding for external qualities to the detriment of the psyche.

It is noteworthy that many European breeders are focused on the nature of the producers. Males with a balanced psyche, which give the same balanced children, are mated much more often, than the super-stars of Dog shows.

Health problems: Generally Briard is a very healthy breed. Still in some lines the hip dysplasia may??occur.

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