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The Briard is a big, shaggy, rugged and sturdy dog with a distinctive long coat. Muscular and well proportioned they are an impressive and handsome - with keen eyesight despite the long hair over their eyes.

10 – 12 years
34 – 38.5kg
58 – 69cm
Coats come in various shades of fawn with or without darker markings
around the face and ears and back, slate grey or black
UK Kennel Club Groups
The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Large dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks, alerts and may be physically protective/suspicious of visitors
  • Could have issues with unknown dogs but gets along with known dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • May need additional supervision to live with children
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

In general, Briard dogs breed can suffer from:
- Hip dysplasia
- Retinal pigment epithelial dystrophy and congenital stationary night blindness. These are slightly different inherited eye conditions in the Briard breed and both cause loss of vision generally and in low light respectively.

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
- Hip dysplasia screening scheme 
- Eye screening scheme 
- DNA test for Congenital Stationary Night Blindness which tests whether or not a dog has the potential to be affected by this condition


Protective and alert, the Briard will be true to their herding, guarding ancestry, and this can be a problem if not socialised and trained early on. Happiest as part of a family home and involved in family activities, they are a lively and energetic dog who will enjoy games and play. Clever and quick to learn with the right motivation, the Briard doesn’t mind what job they are taught to do, as long as they get to do it with you!

Did You Know?

  • Briards have featured in a number of films, TV series and cartoons, notably, Get Smart, Married…With Children, Dharma & Greg, Addams Family, Dennis the Menace (1993 live action film), Looney Tunes and quite a few more.
  • Traditionally the Briards ears were cropped and made to stand upright giving the dog a very different appearance, however this practice is thankfully now illegal in most of Europe including Britain and France, and hopefully the practice will die out worldwide as it is inhumane, wholly unnecessary and extremely painful for the dog.
  • Owners of the breed often report on how affectionate they are. Many even say that they ‘grieve’ when separated from their humans!
  • The Briard is a breed of many talents and have been used as service dogs and therapy dogs.
  • They have double dew claws which helps them balance, even on the most uneven of terrains!
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