Briard

The Briard is a large working dog with a long, protective coat. The Briard forms part of the pastoral group of dogs.

Briard breed Group

Pastoral

Size of the Briard

Large

Country of origin

France

First use

The Briard was developed in the 1800s and was originally used for herding and guarding livestock.

Colour varieties of the Briard

The Briard is available in a small variety of colours including:

  • Black
  • Fawn
  • Slate Grey

Size and weight of the Briard

Height bitch 58-65 cms (23-25½ ins) at withers
Height dogs 61-69 cms (24-27 ins) at withers

Weight bitch 23–34 kg
Weight dog 27–41 kg

The Breed

The Briard is a large imposing dog with a long silky coat. Briards tend to make good family pets pets, although their size is a factor to be considered before choosing this breed. Briards make very good guard dogs, and are very protective of their home.

Grooming

Briards need regular grooming to keep their coats matt free. For trimming, it is best to consult a professional groomer. Expect to pay from at least  £50 for a grooming session.

Exercise requirements of the Briard

Briards need daily vigorous runs. They are not suited to city life or living in a flat.

Lifespan

A healthy Briard should expect to enjoy a life expectancy of around 11-13 years.

Approximate Briard pedigree puppy price

Expect to pay from around £900 for a puppy, and be aware that available litters of puppies are few and far between. Only 99 dogs were registered with the Kennel Club in 2014. Register your interest with established reputable breeders, so they can notify you when a litter is expected. You may have to travel long distances to find your suitable puppy. There are generally 8-10 puppies in the average litter.

Estimating how much a Briard would need to be fed each day

A bitch weighing 25kgs requires 330gms of complete dry food per day.A dog weighing 30kgs requires 365gms of complete dry food per day.

The weekly cost of feeding a bitch is around £8 and £9 for a dog.

Our estimates are based on feeding a slightly above average quality complete food bought from a popular supermarket on the high street.

Other financial costs to consider when owning any dog breed

Remember to budget for essential pet treatments and procedures that are not covered by pet insurance policies including:

  • Worming and fleas preparations
  • Annual Vaccination boosters
  • Neutering or spaying
  • Microchipping
  • Dental treatment