Good For First-Time Owners?
Tolerates Being Alone?
Affectionate With Family?
Friendly Toward Other Dogs?
Friendly Toward Strangers?
Easy To Groom?
Prone To Obesity?
Briard is a very old breed from France. Dog fanciers across the States got familiar with this breed when Thomas Jefferson served as minister to France and imported the first Briards to the States.
The American Kennel Club recognized the breed in 1928, while the United Kingdom introduced the breed in the late 1960s. The typical Briard weighs between 70 and 90 pounds.
The typical representative of the breed is loyal, good-natured, and intelligent. This is a larger dog who is a real house animal. They do not belong in the backyard alone but curled up next to the legs of their favorite human.
They are highly protective, but it won’t stop them from being aloof with strangers. They can also be stubborn and willful, but with proper training, the right structure, and positive reinforcement you will have a well-behaved dog.
As for their health, this is generally a healthy breed, although they can be prone to certain health conditions, such as hip dysplasia.
They need to have a trustworthy pack leader, otherwise, they will do their best to take that position. If you have enough experience as a dog owner then you can welcome this breed into your home.