Beneath the refined appearance of the long coat on the show Briard there is a truly rugged worker. The varied shades of fawn and the blacks, sometimes with white hairs scattered through the coat, make this a striking and handsome dog. A particular characteristic is the double dewclaws on the hind legs.
Originating from the province of Brie in France, he has a dual role as a guard against marauding predators as well as a sheep herder. He has also occasionally been employed by armies as a pack dog, among other general duties.
He is a fairly large dog, so he takes some feeding, and his very flowing coat with its moustache, beard and eyebrows requires regular and thorough grooming if it is not to become a mess.
Blessed with a fearless temperament, he makes a good household dog with no hint of aggression in his make-up. He is extrovert, loving to engage in games, which can turn rough but never nasty, but he does need exercise and is definitely not a dog for the weak-willed!
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Town or Country
Type of home
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years
* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on
the Kennel Club website
The Pastoral Breed Group
The Pastoral Group consists of herding dogs that are associated with working cattle, sheep, reindeer and other cloven footed animals.
Usually this type of dog has a weatherproof double coat to protect it from the elements when working in severe conditions. Breeds such as the Collie family, Old English Sheepdogs and Samoyeds who have been herding reindeer for centuries are but a few included in this group.