art Galloway, New Jersey 1/28/2014 6:38:05 PM I had a Briard. She was possibly the smartest dog I've ever encountered. Her herding instincts were obvious when her boy friend (a Golden Retreiver) got to close to our house. She put her shoulder against his chest and guided him away from the house. She had a perimeter around the house that she would not tolerate other animals to penetrate. She was very good with people and had to greet and be acknowledged by every person nearing our house.