Double coat with long, coarse, shiny, hard, dry outercoat lying flat against the body with slightly wavy locks and fine, tight undercoat; mustache and beard.
All uniform colors except for white, including black, shades of gray and shades of tawny.
The Briard is a big dog with a big personality: he can be a clown, a tease, a show-off, a gentleman, and even a "reserved philosopher." He can be aloof with strangers, but his loyalty and bravery make him a natural guardian of home and family. He is a sensitive soul, and unkind or unjust treatment can make the Briard skittish and even aggressive. However, enthusiastic and appreciative training and care will yield an even-tempered, affectionate dog.
The Briard can do well in the city or country. He sheds little and is usually calm indoors. A natural herder, the Briard likes to keep his family close and must be a part of it - he will follow you from room to room to keep an eye on those he loves. Although he doesn't have a tendency to roam, a fenced-in yard is still necessary for his safety.
Briards are intelligent and love to keep their minds occupied, so activities like herding trials, agility or rally will suit them just fine.
The Briard needs regular outings that include some vigorous form of exercise. He loves to be near his family, so walking, jogging or backyard play with his owners will help keep him satisfied. Happiest with a job or a purpose, he becomes restless if left to his own devices.
Briards are not known as fussy eaters and will thrive on a high-quality, nutritious diet.
A smart, willing dog, the Briard is a quick study. However, a stern or harsh manner or tone will backfire and bring out his stubborn nature. He will respond to and thrive only with positive training.
The Briard has a special affection for children and is very protective of them. If socialized to a variety of people and animals, he gets along fine with everyone.
The average life span of the Briard is 10 to 12 years. Breed health concerns may include bloat; cataracts; congenital stationary night blindness (CSNB); hip dysplasia; hypothyroidism; and lymphoma.
The Briard's long double coat must be brushed several times a week to prevent tangling. The coarseness of the coat keeps dirt from sticking to it, and the Briard sheds very little, but without attention, the coat can become disheveled and uncomfortable for him. His ears and face need attention to stay clean and healthy.
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