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The Briard or Shepherd of Brie

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The Brie Shepherd or Briard, as it is known internationally, is a breed of French origin and its antiquity dates back to the times of Charlemagne. It was long known as the French Lowland Sheepdog and was originally used to herd and guard cattle. Although it is a breed with a long history, its standard was not defined until 1896.

Classified by the FCI in Group 1, Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs), Section 1 Sheepdogs, it is a balanced dog, calm and attached to its owners.
Today it is mainly known for its aptitude for the company but it is still used for grazing work. The French armed forces used it during the two World Wars as a guide dog, sentinel, and for medical functions looking for the wounded on the battlefields.

It is an energetic dog, with character, suspicious of strangers but not aggressive. It needs a lot of exercises to channel all its vitality, so its owners have to have time to dedicate to it.

Of more than 30 kg of weight and medium size, it reaches a height of between 62 – 68 cm in males and 56 – 64 cm in females. It is a rustic and muscular dog, but with flexible and graceful movements. Its neck is strong and robust, it’s back straight and its croup rounded. Its tail is low and must have a hook shape, similar to a letter jot.

The nose is black, but in the case of bluish dogs, it is allowed to be of the same color. The muzzle must be square and never pointed. Eyes oval and horizontal, large and dark, lighter allowed in blue dogs. The ears are set high, rather short, flat, and covered with long hair.

Perhaps the most striking thing about the Brie Shepherd is its fur. This is long with the so-called “goat hair texture”, soft and with an undercoat. Color may be black, gray, or bluish, fawn, or fawn with a black coat. They may have a gray or blue mask. All mantles can show lighter areas or show different degrees of gray. Being a long-haired dog, it is important to maintain a proper brushing routine, and thus keep it silky and knot-free.

It is a breed that enjoys good health, with no special predispositions, although certain bloodlines are prone to the dreaded stomach torsion. Due to its size and bone structure, it can also suffer from joint disorders such as hip dysplasia.

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