History and origin: an ancient French breed dating as far back as the 8th century. It is closely related to the smooth coated Beauceron as well as the Pyrenean Shepherd. It originated in the Brie region of north central France where it was a herding and livestock guardian. Sometimes called the Chien de Brie and later the Berger de Brie, it was first shown in Paris in 1863. The two great wars quite reduced numbers if the dog was deemed useful to go to the front lines. While in France, President Thomas Jefferson became enamored of the breed and exported several to the US. The breed was officially recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) in 1928.
General Appearance: A large robust dog with long, thick coat over entire body. Head is long. Body is rectangular in profile. Muscular with strong substantial bone, and straight backline. Rugged and athletic. Supple and agile in motion. Ears may be natural or cropped. Tail is long and forms a crook at the end. Eyes large and black or very dark in colour. Must have double dew claws on hind feet. Size: Males 23-27 inches Females 23-25 ½ inches. 55-100 pounds.
Coat and Colour: double coated, undercoat is fine, hair is long, rather coarse textured and slightly wavy over entire body and head. Hair on head naturally parts, hair over shoulders is 6 inches or more in length. Full beard and eyebrows. Tail is well covered with hair; colours are black, shades of grey and tawny. The Briard coat will require frequent deep brushings to the skin. If groomed regularly, they do not shed. Long eyebrows should not cover eyes. Hair on head can be banded for maintenance. May be considered non allergenic.
Feeding: good quality kibble fed twice or even three times daily.
Training and Obedience: socialize early and regularly on a daily basis. Can be trained easily for many dog sports, including obedience, herding trials, agility, rally. Important to have a good rapport with breeder. Visit to see adult dogs, puppy parents and other relatives. Forming a respectful bond with breeder is essential.
Activity: Good breed for joggers, cyclists and hikers. Energetic and spirited with their owners. Enjoy a run in a secure area daily. Always ready for fun and action.
Temperament: Loyal and loving to family. Naturally guardy. Good house pet.