A dog of handsome form. Vigorous and alert, powerful without coarseness, strong in bone and muscle, exhibiting the strength and agility required of the herding dog. Dogs lacking these qualities, however concealed by the coat, are to be penalized.
Like all breeds there may be some health issues. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Briards are healthy dogs. They may however, be affected by bloat, a digestive disorder of the stomach. Make sure to educate yourself about this potentially fatal condition by learning the symptoms of bloat. Call your veterinarian immediately if you see any symptoms.
Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Briard can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.
Briards pack so much loyalty, love, and spirit into their ample frames that they’re often described as a “heart wrapped in fur.” They possess traits common to many other herders: trainability, brains, a protective eye toward family (especially kids, whom they regard as their flock), and wariness with outsiders. These are large, tireless dogs—it’s said that just two or three Briards can handle 700 head of sheep—and novice owners might be overwhelmed by their work drive and zest for life.