Briard

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Fast Facts

Country of Origin:France
AKC Group:Herding Group
UKC Group:Herding
Use today:Herding trials
Life Span:10 to 12 years
Color:Black, shades of gray, and tawny. All uniform colors permitted except white. Black nose required.
Coat:Fine, tight undercoat with a coarse, dry outercoat that lies flat and falls naturally.
Grooming:Two to three hours of brushing per week.
Size:Large Dog Breed
Height:Males, 23 to 27 inches; females, 22 to 25 inches.
Weight:65 to 90 pounds

A shaggy-coated French sheepdog of ancient lineage, the Briard served its country with valor during World War I as a Red Cross dog and ammunition carrier. Both Napoleon and Charlemagne are reputed to have been Briard owners, and when the Marquis de Lafayette came to America to join Washington's staff in 1777, it is said he brought Briards with him. Although the Briard is intelligent, tractable and loyal to its family, it's best to bring the breed into a home with children while it is still a puppy. A tall breed, the Briard measures up to 27 inches at the shoulder and, like all active herding breeds, it prefers an environment that offers outdoor exercise. The long coat may be any color except white, and daily brushing will keep it in condition. Ears may be cropped or natural, and for show purposes, the Briard must have double dewclaws on each hind leg. Briards are territorial and not inclined to roam, and they're likely to restrict young children to the yard as well. Expect this protective dog to alert you to anything unusual.

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