Species group: Herding Group dogs
Other name(s): Berger de Brie; Berger Briard
The Briard is a shaggy dog with hair in its eyes that makes it look like the proverbial sheepdog. If you expect a confident, somewhat pushy herding dog capable of making its own decisions and sometimes attempting to nudge or herd its people, you probably have the right idea. This breed probably isn't right for fragile or inexperienced dog owners, but it can be a rewarding choice if you're willing to invest time in training, socializing, exercising, and-- of course-- grooming the long hair.
Oddly enough, this ancient breed may have first been developed in eighth century France as a hunting dog before it eventually became a protector and herder of flocks. Still the official dog of the French Army, the Briard was used extensively in the World War I to carry messages, search for wounded soldiers, pull carts and wagons, and defend posts. Their reputation as fearless war dogs is well known.
Appearance / health:
The Briard is a big, muscular dog covered with a long wavy hair. The most distinguishing aspects are their eyebrows and beard. It has a rectangular head with a short square muzzle. The ears may be natural or cropped. The eyes are large and slightly slanted and the coat hair falling across from the ears covers the eyes most of the times.
The neck is long, strong, and shaped like a truncated cone. The chest is broad and deep, and the back slopes from the head to the croup forming a concave arch. The tail is long, feathered and carried low. The tail has a small hook at the end called a crochet. Viewed from the sides, the forelegs are straight and the hind legs are angular. All the legs are strong and muscular making the Briard a good working dog.
The Briard sheds little, especially if it is groomed well. The coat's texture repels dirt and water. However, the coat needs regular brushing and combing to prevent matt formation and frequent shedding. Owners may need to regularly clean their dog's ears, and also remove any excessive hair in the ears or between the pads of the feet.
Briards enjoy long walks with their owners, and make excellent companions. Regular exercise is necessary to keep them healthy and happy.
The Briard is generally healthy, but some may be prone to progressive retinal atrophy (hereditary degeneration of the retinal cells of the eyes causing blindness), cataracts (blinding of the eyes caused due to the formation of a thin membrane over the eyes) and hip dysplasia (an inherent disorder of the hip joints leading to lameness and crippling). The breed, like other large-chested breeds, is also prone to bloat and stomach torsion (a condition in which the stomach fills with gas and flips over cutting off the blood supply to the lungs, heart, and disgestive system leading to fatal consequences).
Behavior / temperament:
The Briard is naturally suspicious of strangers. The herding instinct is strong and it tends to herd people or other smaller animals by nipping at their heels. It does not like to be left unattended and needs a lot of entertainment and activity to be happy.
The Briard has a good memory and learns quickly. It requires early training and responds best to consistent, firm, patient, and gentle training on a regular basis. The Briard does not appreciate harsh training and may even become reserved and aggressive, if trained with severity.
The Briard is generally quiet and calm. However, some dogs may bark excessively due to anxiety or frustration.
gorgeous breed, intelligent herding breed, beautiful coats, fun loving animals
tangles, herd children, strangers, long hair, high maintenance
enormous animals, 100lbs, therapy dogs
Briards, particularly ours though I'm sure we are biased, are beautiful loving pets. Ours, like all, require a lot of attention. We have a large fenced in yard and he would just herd the birds around all day, and chase deer and other wildlife back and forth along the fence. We were also active in lots of outside play. Ours was not well socialized as he was more of a guard dog for us. He was lovely with all of our family, but was not keen on any strangers until we proved to him any particular new person was ok with us, and even then he would be hesitant. He was also very territorial, and he knew the physical boundaries of our yard. He never tried to escape or run away. Our house was broken into in 2010 when we were out at the store, the robbers left our fence gate open, and our faithful Briard was sitting there waiting for us to get home, he did not leave. Briards have beautiful coats but they are high maintenance, and even though we tried persistently since he was a pup, he did not like being groomed so we spent a lot of money maintaining that professionally. He was no doubt the smartest dog we have ever had. This particular Briard has passed this spring, but we just got a new Briard pup. We're sure this new one is the second smartest dog we've had, though his personality is much different. This is a much calmer dog in general, and sweet as pie. Because of the personality difference, we have been socializing him more, and is primarily an indoor dog rather than the last that had more of an outside life..
From iammarshall Aug 7 2014 11:18PM
The way your dog's body was meant to be fed
There are so many misconceptions about raw feeding and I hope to quickly properly educate you so making an opinion for yourself is easier. I am a certified nutritionist for dogs and cats and the moment I finished my education I knew I needed to make better choices for my own personal dogs in regards to how I fed them. There are pros and cons to any feeding method so I cannot say it's going to be easy to know exactly what choices to make. The doubtful mind always says no, so anyone unfamiliar with anything is always hesitant. I see that a lot with other professionals in the field, specifically veterinarians. I am fortunate to have an integrative veterinarian who 100% supports this feeding method. Lets talk about the pros as there are many. There is no possible way to dispute that a dog's (especially cats) digestive system and teeth are designed for a diet of animal tissue, they are carnivores. Having jagged teeth throughout their mouth and a very short digestive tract, their bodies are not equipped to properly process plant material. Think of a cow's or sheep's flat teeth, made for grinding plants, and their 4 chambered stomachs, made to digest and assimilate nutrients from plants. They are herbivores. Feeding a diet of dry dog food, which is very heavy in plant based ingredients of many varieties,synthetic vitamins, and taste additives reeks havoc on their entire body systems over time. Some say feeding raw is expensive and time consuming. I'm part of a group with thousands and thousands of raw feeders around the world and we completely disagree. If you can follow a simple recipe you can make raw food for your pet. Learning how to shop for ingredients on sale and making relationships with local butchers is all you need to make it affordable. I feed two dogs raw cheaper than I wold purchasing an average quality dry food. It CAN be done if your pet's lifetime of health is important to you. There are so many support systems out there for this approach, it truly couldn't be any easier. The shelf life of raw food is far longer than that of dry food. Did you know that the nutrients and quality of dry food diminishes with the passing of each day? My dog's food is kept in a deep freezer and put in the refrigerator for thawing each night, ready for the next day. Freezing locks in all nutrients and can be kept for years without spoiling. Does your dog suffer from chronic conditions like ear infections and skin issues? Did you ever think it could be food related? Well let me tell you that it is. I have assisted with completely eradicating a host of chronic health issues in dogs and cats with diet alone. To most recently include a chihuahua with disc disease and no use of his hind legs. He now climbs steps and runs. He is 12 years old. No other therapy than a raw diet, regular massage, and one veterinary acupuncture visit. Let's talk about the cons. Now, most freeze dried and premade raw can be expensive for the amount you get. Feeding freeze dried is mostly for convenience. I use it when I need convenience like a weekend camping trip. I enjoy making my dog's food. There a lot of satisfaction in it for me. There is so much talk about bacteria like salmonella and e.coli when someone references raw food. Can it be present in raw food? Of course! But, did you know that your dry food can and does have the same bacteria? Dry and canned pet food recalls are a very common for bacteria. I have 100% control over the ingredients, processing, and storing of my pets raw food. Proper handling and sourcing of raw ingredients can and does deeply diminish the probability of bacteria. What about parasites? Again, yes of course raw materials can have parasites. As can dry and canned mass produced pet food. And again, the proper handling and sourcing of these ingredients remove this concern. (As a note: I have been raw feeding for over 5 years and NOT ONE of my dogs or clients have been treated for parasites or bacterial issues) Proper formulation can be a con to raw feeding. Honestly, its ridiculously easy. But without the proper ratio of ingredients you can cause issues. Companies make you think it is hard. They want to make you buy their product. It's a marketing scheme that works and unfortunately affects our pets negatively. I hope this review can shed light into the seemingly scary world of raw feeding. Educate yourselves and don't be afraid to jump in head first. Your pet's health and quality of life will be all the proof you need to know this is without a doubt the best decision you have ever made. .
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