What is a Briard

What is a Briard?

Briards are an ancient breed of dog from France. Briards are willowy, graceful, and strong-built dogs. Briards are born with a wavy grey, tawny, or black coat with a large head crowned by a peek-a-boo hairstyle parted naturally in the centre. They can be difficult for strangers to pet due to their conservative nature. The breed can be found worldwide, with the highest concentrations in France. They are most commonly a reddish-brown color with white markings, but they also come in other colors.

They have a friendly and obedient temperament, but you should remember that they are not people-friendly. 

Characteristics

Body

The Briards are known for their deep chest and moderately curved ribs. The Briards’ front breastbone descends- smoothly & gradually- the superior border is radially convex and separates itself from the level of their elbows. The surface of their stomach is convex in contour & proportion to give a good chest outlook. 

Coat

The exterior coat of the Briard is rough, dry, and rigid, making a dry rasping sound between the fingers. It lies flat, naturally falling in long, softly wavy locks with a healthy gloss. The hair on the shoulders of a Briard is usually six inches long or more. On the entire body, the undercoat is fine and tight. Their hair is well-covered on the head, and it falls in a natural portion in the middle. Their brows do not lie flat; instead, they curve up and out in a delicate veil around the eyes. 

Gender

The male Briard measures 23 to 27 inches at the withers, while females measure 22 to 25.5 inches. Males have a body length equal to or slightly more than their height at the withers, measured from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttock. On the other hand, the female may be a bit longer than the male. Both genders of Briards which do not meet the minimum requirements are disqualified from the ideal petting criteria. 

Weight

A Herding Group member weighs between 50-100 pounds and lives comfortably in the country or city — as long as they are looked after and receive sufficient exercise. 

Health

The Briards may be susceptible to some illnesses. To ensure the animal remains healthy as it grows, find a vet who will dispense health certifications before you adopt the dog. A health certificate shows that your dog has been checked and cleared of any diseases.

The Briard, which has an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years, can be prone to canine hip dysplasia (CHD) and gastric torsion. However, they may be more susceptible to some minor health risks, such as heart problems and night blindness. A veterinarian may conduct regular eye and hip exams on this particular breed of dog.

Some Briards may contact any or all of these illnesses, but it is vital to be aware of them if you think about getting one.

Characteristics

Body

The Briards are known for their deep chest and moderately curved ribs. The Briards’ front breastbone descends- smoothly & gradually- the superior border is radially convex, and separates itself from the level of their elbows. The surface of their stomach is convex in contour & proportion to give a good chest outlook.

Coat

The exterior coat of the Briard is rough, dry, and rigid, making a dry rasping sound between the fingers. It lays down flat, naturally falling in long, softly wavy locks with a healthy gloss. The hair on the shoulders of a Briard are usually six inches long or more. On the entire body, the undercoat is fine and tight. Their hair is well-covered on the head, and it falls down in a natural portion in the middle. Their brows do not lie flat; instead, they curve up and out in a delicate veil around the eyes.

Gender

The male Briard measures 23 to 27 inches at the withers, while females measure 22 to 25.5 inches. Males have a body length that is equal to or slightly more than their height at the withers, measured from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttock. The female on the other hands may be a bit longer than the male. Both genders of Briards which do not meet the minimal requirements are disqualified from the ideal petting criteria.

Weight

A member of the Herding Group, they weigh between 50-100 pounds and live comfortably in the country or city — as long as they are looked after and receive sufficient exercise.

Health

The Briards may be susceptible to some illnesses. To ensure the animal remains healthy as he grows, find a vet who will dispense health certifications before you adopt the dog. A health certificate shows that your dog has been checked and cleared of any diseases.

The Briard, which has an average lifespan of 10 to 12 years, can be prone to diseases such as canine hip dysplasia (CHD) and gastric torsion. However, they may be a bit more susceptible to some minor health risks, such as heart problems and night blindness. A veterinarian may conduct regular eye and hip exams on this particular breed of dog.

Some Briards may contact any or all of these illnesses, but it is vital to be aware of them if you are thinking about getting one.