Breed Profile

Briard

Briard
Hundreds of years ago the Briard was used to protect flocks of sheep and goats from poachers and wolves. More recently they "served" in World War I carrying supplies to the front line for French soldiers – their keen hearing was also used by the medical corps to help search for wounded soldiers. Unfortunately their "tour of duty" devastated their numbers and today the breed is quite rare.

AVERAGE LIFESPAN

The Briard can live up to 12 years of age.

AVERAGE SIZE & WEIGHT

56cm to 68cm
34kg to 41kg

BREED PERSONALITY, CHARACTERISTICS AND TEMPERAMENT

A wonderfully natured dog that is keen to please its master. However this large dog is outgoing (and sometimes boisterous) and requires firm training from an early age if it is to behave in the proper manner. Though reserved around strangers, the Briard is a trustworthy companion. They are extremely intelligent and possess a beautiful temperament which makes them relatively easy to train.

COMPATIBILITY WITH OTHER PETS

The Briard has a gentle nature and will get along happily with most other pets in the home – especially if they are raised together from an early age.

CARE REQUIREMENTS

The coat needs regular washing and should be thoroughly brushed each week to keep it free of knots. Plenty of exercise and mental stimulation is needed to prevent boredom and the development of destructive behaviour. Though it is a sturdy animal, some Briards experience hip dysplasia and eye problems so regular vet checks may be required.

IDEAL OWNERS

The Briard is a gentle, friendly dog that loves human company. However, excitement can get the better of them from time to time and should be closely supervised around children and the elderly to discourage jumping up. Owners will also need to provide plenty room to explore and to play around the home.

IN CONCLUSION

If you have decided the Briard is the dog for you and want more information, contact one of the groups listed below:


Recommended Breeders




Breeder NameKennelState 
Mark and Jeni Sach Kaasha NT Contact
Carol Blyth Russaird QLD Contact
debbie chambers isjo QLD Contact
Johann Bartley Tiahart NSW Contact
Kate Jan Glenine VIC Contact
E Bennett Narbrisse SA Contact


*** We have vetted and approved these independent breeders as meeting, at the time, our criteria for the reliable breeding, feeding, care and sale of suitable quality puppies of this breed. This does not mean that other breeders do not meet these criteria or are not otherwise suitable suppliers. Nor can our vetting and approval guarantee the quality of a breeder or puppy or that you will be happy with them. We disclaim any liability for the quality, acts or omissions of these breeders or their puppies and our approval of breeders is not a substitute for you making all appropriate enquiries and checks (including veterinary checks) before choosing a specific breeder or puppy.


Canine Clubs

Australian Capital Territory: New South Wales:
Dogs ACT
(ACT Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 815
Dickson, ACT 2602
Tel: 02 6241 4404
Fax: 02 6241 1129
Website: www.dogsact.org.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs NSW
(Royal New South Wales Canine Council Ltd)
PO Box 632
St Marys, NSW 1790
Tel: 02 9834 3022
Fax: 02 9834 3872
Website: www.dogsnsw.org.au
(Details current as of 10/10/2013)
Northern Terrority : Queensland:
Dogs NT
(North Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 37521
Winnellie, NT 0821
Tel: 08 8984 3570
Fax: 08 8984 3409
Website: www.dogsnt.com.au/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Queensland
(Canine Control Council (Queensland))
PO Box 495
Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006
Tel: 07 3252 2661
Fax: 07 3252 3864
Website: www.cccq.org.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
South Australia : Tasmania :
Dogs SA
(South Australian Canine Association Inc)
PO Box 844
Prospect East, SA 5082
Tel: 08 8349 4797
Fax: 08 8262 5751
Website: www.dogssa.com.au
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs Tasmania
(Tasmanian Canine Association Inc)
The Rothman Building
PO Box 116
Glenorchy, Tas 7010
Tel: 03 6272 9443
Fax: 03 6273 0844
Website: www.tasdogs.com/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Victoria: Western Australia:
Dogs Victoria
(Victorian Canine Association)
Locked Bag K9
Cranbourne, Vic 3977
Tel: 03 9788 2500
Fax: 03 9788 2599
Website: www.dogsvictoria.org.au/
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)
Dogs West
(Canine Association of Western Australia Inc)
Cnr Warton & Ranford Rds,
Southern River, WA, 6110
Tel: 08 9455 1188
Fax: 08 9455 1190
Website: www.dogswest.com
(Details correct as of 10/10/2013)

 

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