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The Briard originates from France and is historically known for herding as well as being a watch dog. With their keen sense of hearing and alertness, they are highly capable working dogs. Briards are formerly known for defending their herds against fearsome predators such as wolves; however now they tend to lead more relaxed lives. As with many of the herding breeds, Briards are often wary of strangers although they typically make good family pets with proper care and attention to their needs. Daily exercise assists in keeping Briards healthy and happy. Grooming requirements are high as their long hair needs daily brushing to prevent mats from forming. Standing 22-27 inches at the shoulder and weighing in at approximately 75 pounds, Briards are considered to be a large breed dog. Their life span averages 10-12 years and as with many other dog breeds they are prone to several medical conditions including bloat, hip dysplasia and Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA).
Ask us at Animal Central for more information about Briards or visit: http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/briard.htm
Dr. George Stroberg, DVM and Staff