Briards originated in France as a herding breed, and their history can be dated back to the 8th century. They are loyal and intelligent protective guardians.. They have a coarse and wavy outer coat, and a soft and fine undercoat, in a variety of colors. Tawnies also can change color drastically over the course of their lives. They are born darker, and gradually go lighter until they are about two years of age. Briards have a tendency be stubborn and willful, so they require an owner who knows how to give encouragement and use positive reinforcement
Common Health Conditions
- The Briard does not shed but should be brushed regularly, nearly on a daily basis to prevent hair becoming matted and dirty.
- If you notice that your Briard is constantly itching his skin, or if there are rashes (often small red bumps developing in the undercoat), he may be suffering from canine allergies or eczema.
- Hypothyroidism is an underactive thyroid gland. A common hormonal disease in dogs in which the thyroid gland doesn’t produce enough thyroxin hormone.