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The Berger de Brie It is an excellent race to raise with children of all ages.

Pastor de Brie


Characteristics "Briard"

Coexistence is important that you have with your new friend. Before considering the acquisition of a dog of the breed ““ you know certain factors. Not all breeds of dogs are apt to live in an apartment, you must take into account his character, their need for exercise, their interaction with other pets, their care and if you have small children, their level of tolerance towards them.

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The Berger de Brie or Briard is a breed dog, one of the many existing breeds of dogs pastors. Its origin is French. The history of the Briard has already some centuries… Charlemagne, Napoleon, Thomas Jefferson and Lafayette, they all had a dog of this breed.

Some theories say that, the Briard descends from Asian dogs brought to the region by the barbaric invasions that attacked Europe during the Middle Ages.

This former guardian of sheep and shepherd has also been used, as well, by the French Navy as Sentinel, messenger and in search of wounded soldiers because of his fine sense of hearing. They were used in the first world war in an indiscriminate way to bring them to extinction. This breed is still used as guardian and Shepherd of herds, as well as as a pet.

Became popular only after the “Paris Dog Show” of 1863, in large part due to an improvement in the appearance of animal achieved by crossing with the Beauceron and the Barbet.

It is believed that they take their name from the French province of Brie, although the animal probably does not come from that locality., the population of Briard is slowly recovering. It is believed that this breed is related to the Berger Picard.

Physical characteristics

The Briard, is a dog from medium-sized, robust but flexible, to coat hard and resistant to the weather inclement. It has a double spur on each rear leg that, They seem to extra toes, giving the appearance of a wider rear leg. Additional toes on each hind leg give the Briard the ability to turn on one foot in fast turns, they are necessary when performing tasks of grazing and protection of their flocks.

Throughout history, the Briard has maintained a proper balance between size and lightness that is required both for grazing and to protect its herds. They are not too big, but they are large enough to defend themselves from predators such as Fox and the Wolf.

The coat of the Briard can be of various solid colors or light colors with darker ears. Allowed all colors except black. They prefer dark colors.

The height at the cross in the males is of 58 to 68.5 cm and the females of 56 to 64 cm.. The weight is around the 34 Kg.

Ear cropping has been a common practice for a long time, but it is no longer done since -fortunately- It is illegal in many European countries., including France.

Character and skills

The Briard has very good memory. Once he learns a lesson, is something good or bad, knowledge shall retain it for a long time. It may sometimes seem very stubborn, or what its owner, but those are some of the features of the Briard, let's not forget that they were bred for centuries to think for themselves and act on their conclusions, sometimes to the point of thinking what the “herd” going to do ahead of time. It is a dog very independent, in this regard.

Those are some of the traits that the Briard has preserved throughout history. Even, a Briard what does the city live, retains within itself a great grazing capacity. If you ever, During his lifetime, He has a herd sheep, automatically, will begin to do your homework, to perform the functions for which they were raised, grazing.

Also don't be surprised if at some point when you're out for a walk with your family, the Berger de Brie nibbles on the ankles or nods to a family member who moves away a bit, because the dog that group of human beings will be his flock and will guide his master and the other members of group.

The Berger de Brie It is a very dog loyal and protective, often described as "a heart of gold wrapped in fur". Once you have joined the members of his family, It will be very protective and very reserved with strangers, that is why it is important to bear in mind that any Member who is a family, as an infant for example, You will need a friendly adaptation, the Briard, a sample of which the new intrusion is friendly and free of conflicts. Should be taught that it is a good thing and is not harmful. It is a race excellent to raise with children of all ages.

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
  • Section 1: Sheepdogs. With proof of work..
  • FCI
  • AKC
  • ANKC
  • CKC
  • KC
  • NZKC
  • UKC

FCI breed standard "Briard"

FCIFCI - Briard

Alternative names:

1. Berger de Brie (English).
2. Chien de Berger français de Plaine, Briard (French).
3. Französisch auch berger de Brie (German).
4. Berger de Brie (Portuguese).
5. Briard (español).

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