Briard Group I. - Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs, Section 1 - Sheepdogs Recognized in the year, 1896.

General Appearance:

Briard is balanced, it must not be shy or aggressive, but it is gifted with certain natural sharpness as many others Oriental Shepherds. Because of active Sheepdog, it became in new age the companion dog, occasionally it is used for Service as (military, police or sport) training. It is incorruptible and strong guard and foremost defender.

Temperament & Behaviour:

Although it is very self-confident, independent and dominant, it operates by the proper education and training , the owner and members of his family it completely adores. The breed it is not suitable for beginners, the owner needs calm and patient, the owner must be a real "leader" of the pack, and in all circumstances. The relationship between this dog and the owner must be based on mutual trust and respect.

This breed requires a specific individual approach, definitely it cannot be mechanically applied training template. It is very beneficial, if the dog has a chance to live with the owner and family  members at home. Briard is in fact very dependent on "its pack."

To strangers it behaves suspiciously. Persons with whom it makes friends, choosing only itself. With children is friendly, but they have to respect the dog, assistance by adult it is recommended.

It tends to express its superiority above other dogs, especially larger breed, and therefore the importance of its early and most extensive socialization and the reliable strictness. Briard is active and energetic, urgently needs a lot of movement minimally  it requests daily long walks they  are just necessary but it is also a regular work, activity It needs physical and mental activity.

It suits some additional sports, training for rescue teams, but it finds wide usage lately especially in dog sports such as agility, obedience, flyball, frisbee etc. If it gets a chance to work with sheep, it welcomes cheerfully.


This is a medium-sized dog of rustic appearance, swift, muscular, balanced. Body frame should be rectangular. The height at withers males is 62-68 cm for females 56 to 64 cm.

The head should be strong, long. Skull as long as the muzzle is adequately large and viewed from the side very slightly rounded. The whole head is covered with hair formed i.e. goat beard. Eyebrows slightly covers the eyes. The forehead should be slightly arched muzzle is square rather than rounded. Nasal bridge must be straight. The nose should be large, wide open nostrils, always black, only in blue-coloured individuals may have a blue or bluish colour (blue-gray shale).

Lips tightly fitting to the jaws and teeth. Teeth should be strong, white teeth, bite must be perfect scissor.

The eyes are oval shaped, fairly open, rather large, dark colour, intelligent and calm expression, horizontal, it must never be oblique. For blue-coloured types can be lighter.

The earlobes are set high, hanging. The country of origin prefer earlobes docked and erect, tail erect after the lobe may not be their peaks or convergent or divergent. In countries where the procedure is the law on protection of animals is prohibited to leave the earlobes non-reduced, should be relatively short and do not fit closely to the cheek.

The neck should be muscular, firmly embedded in the shoulder. The chest should be wide enough elbows were spaced at a hand's width is long and deep so that it reaches to the elbows. The back should be straight, the croup is slightly sloping, slightly rounded.

The tail should be carried low, always docked, well coated. At the end of the hook is bent, the shape of the letter "J". Not to be swerving to the side. They must reach the hocks, or it can max. 5 cm overlap. In gait or motion is carried higher and then forms a horizontal line with the topline of the body.

Legs are appropriately muscled, strong bones, vertical to ground. Forchest is oblique, medium length and properly angled blades lying close to the chest. Elbows should be directed straight backwards. Pasterns are slightly slanted. Feet should be circular in shape and have directed straight ahead. Toes arched, tight, padded rigid and black nails (with the exception of blue-coloured specimens).

The hindquarters are muscular thighs, hocks should not be too low over the base and are appropriately bent. The hocks must be perpendicular to the substrate, paws are large, short oval shape. The toes must point straight ahead. Dewclaws should be doubled, low over the base. The gait is flexible, balanced and harmonious.

Crepe coat should be long, dry to the touch ("goat"), with sparse undercoat. Colouring may be black, fawn, fawn with blue tint (mild to moderate), often with a dark mask on his face, grey or blue. A coat of warm fawn colour may show a lighter colour on the points and on the inclined parts of the body (fawn marked with sandy colour). Black, gray and blue can also be lighter. All colours may be in different shades of gray. The coat tends to be fuzzy. It is necessary to regularly comb, by metal comb with long pins and sparse then denser metal comb with short pins.

Faults from these requirements of the standard is regarded as defects and evaluate accurately the degree of their statements with regard to the health and welfare of the male or female. To negative faults belong aggression, fearfulness, absolutely missing feet, the colour pink or nose other than black or blue, overshot or undershot jaw, the absence of two premolars down fourth (P4) or absence of three or a number of any other teeth except the first premolars (P1), which are disregarded, eyes too bright colour (yellow) or glass (whitish), earlobes wrapped inside low (below the line of the eye) at the base, covered with short hair, naturally (not due to cropping) erect tail upward curled or straight upward mounted, single or complete lack of dewclaws on the hindquarters, the coat colour white, brown, mahogany, bicoloured (consisting of two sharply separated from each colour), white blaze on its head, white markings on the distal (end) parts extremities, shoulder height standard requirements, including tolerance of + 2 / -1 cm . Fraudulent modification of the dog or evidence of such practice by use of substances or surgery.