The Briard is a purebred dog breed that’s part of the herding group. Also known as the Berger de Brie, this doggo comes from France in the 1300s. They were first developed for herding and guarding sheep. Today, they’re a great family companion dog. For example, they’re confident, smart, and faithful. If you want to learn more about Briard puppies, keep reading.
Where to get Briard Puppies
A great place to start your pup search is to call your local animal shelter or breed rescue organization. They might have Briard puppies, adults, seniors, or mixed breeds available for adoption. Dala…
It’s a good idea to adopt and not shop because most of these dogs have been at the shelter for a long time. They’re often found as strays or were abandoned or surrendered by their previous owners. So, you can still get a new furry friend while saving a dog’s life by providing them with a loving, forever home.
On the other hand, if you want to get a puppy and know where the dog came from, you can go through a reputable breeder. Since this doggo is purebred, it’s recognized by the American Kennel Club. In addition, ethical breeders are registered on the AKC Marketplace to begin your search there.
You’ll be able to tell a good breeder from the rest because they’ll do the following:
- Health screen and genetically test the dogs to ensure it’s safe and healthy to breed them (then get the puppies tested)
- Have health documents and family tree history available for you to bring home upon adoption
- Want to meet with you in person to get to know you and to allow you to meet the dogs and the litter in person
- Be open and honest with you, being able to answer all our questions about the breeder, the breed, the litter, the parents, or the breeding and adoption processes
- Have the dogs living in their home as part of the family without the use of kennels (aside from crate training
In addition, the breeder will socialize and train the puppies as early as possible, also keeping them up to date with all of their vaccinations.
If you find a breeder who doesn’t do the above, they might be a backyard breeder or puppy mill. You’ll want to avoid working with them since they don’t breed the dogs under healthy or safe conditions. Also, they’re more interested in making a profit rather than finding the puppies good homes.
The average cost of Briard puppies is between $1,000 and $1,500. However, the price may vary depending on a few factors, such as the number of puppies in the litter, the breeder’s location, the breed’s popularity, the time of year, and more. Otto…
Briard puppies will grow to be large dogs where males are slightly taller than females. For example, males can grow to be about 23 to 27 inches tall, and females can grow about 22 to 25.5 inches tall. Regardless of gender, this doggo should weigh between 55 and 100 pounds.
In addition, they have a long, wavy double coat that can come in the following coat colors and markings:
- Black & Gray
- Tawny & Gray
- Tawny & Black
- White Markings
Briard dogs are somewhat independent. However, they are loyal and affectionate with their family members, but on their terms. In addition, they’re good around young children, other dogs, and meeting new people. Although, they might be wary of them at first.
So, as with all dogs, this breed needs early socialization and training. They can be tricky to train, so you can hire a professional dog trainer to help you out as needed. Also, they’re excellent watchdogs. However, they’re a quiet breed and will only bark to alert you of something or someone.
Finally, they have moderate energy levels. You’ll still want to give them a bigger house with a fenced-in yard rather than an apartment, though, because of their large size.
Briard Puppies – Veterinary Needs
You’ll want to bring this doggo to the vet a few times for the first year. You’ll be able to keep track of their growth and development and keep them up to date with their shots and boosters. Then, for every year after that, you can bring them to the vet once a year for their annual checkup.
However, this dog breed is prone to getting some health issues, such as:
- Hip Dysplasia
- Elbow Dysplasia
- Patellar Luxation
- Corneal Dystrophy
- Progressvie Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
With proper care, Briard dogs have an average lifespan of about ten to 12 years.
You can provide this doggo with high-quality kibble or canned wet food from a commercial dog food brand or homemade dog food. However, make sure you have your vet’s approval and ensure the food is appropriate for your dog’s breed size, weight, age, and metabolism.
Due to their long coat, grooming this pup is high-maintenance. You’ll need to bring them to a professional grooming salon at least once a month or once every other month. After that, you can bathe them as needed at home and do your grooming if you can.
However, they don’t shed too much, but you’ll still want to brush their coat two to three times per week. This will keep their coat looking clean and healthy.
Finally, be sure to keep up with brushing their teeth, trimming their nails, and cleaning their ears regularly.