Standing up to 27 inches at
the shoulder, the Briard is a tall, strong, and active dog with a long
shaggy coat. His coat may be black or any shade of fawn and requires
regular brushing. Apparently self-cleaning, the Briard's coat
requires only brushing to keep it clean of matts. The Briard's most unusual feature is his
double dew claws on his hind legs.
breed is big-hearted, gentle, loving, and devoted to his family, and therefore
would not be happy if left alone for long periods. The Briard makes an
excellent guard and watch dog as he is very protective of his family.
Although he makes a great companion for children, especially when
socialized early, his herding instincts are strong and he may try to herd
An intelligent dog, the Briard takes to
training easily. He should also have daily walks and the ability to run in
open areas when possible. Due to his size, he is not suited to more
cramped environments and should have a fenced backyard.