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He is so shaggy. People are amazed when he gets up and they suddenly realize they have been talking to the wrong end.
- Elizabeth Jones

Briard puppy and adult

Am/Cdn Ch Fantaisie de Chagal 
Ch St. Onge Cassie Sauvage

Briard adult
Ch Opus XVIII Del Bel Pastur

he Briard's family tree goes back nearly 1,000 years. He is a French herding dog originally used to guard and herd sheep. Proud Briard owners have included Napoleon and Charlemagne. During World War I, this loyal and courageous dog served as both a munitions carrier and a Red Cross dog.

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.

This 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 younger children.

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.


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Photos displayed above courtesy of:
Christine Duval, Grinzing Perm Reg'd



Christine Duval
3023 River Road
Manotick, ON K4M 1B4
(613) 826-2615

Grinzing Perm Reg'd


Briard Rescue
Nancy Valiquette
(905) 824-2405



Did you know?


The long running TV 
show, "Married....With Children" featured 
a Briard named Buck 
as the Bundys' family pet.



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