Description

Illustration of Briard

This long coated sheep herd and guard dog originates in the province of Brie in France. The breed shares some common ancestry with its short coated 'cousin' the Beauceron and references to the breed can be found in 14th century legends. The Briard was exhibited at the very first dog show in France in 1863 and gained official recognition in 1897. Briards was used in both World Wars by the French army as pack dogs, accompanying search parties looking for wounded soldiers.

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.


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