With a heart that matches its large body size, the gentle and loving Briard breed is known for being completely devoted and loyal to their owners. They are intelligent dogs who will guard their loved ones with their life. Not surprisingly, these dogs make excellent watchdogs, as well as wonderful family pets. Having strong natural herding instincts, it is advisable to give this breed plenty of space. Briards are one of the most popular French herding dogs along with the Beauceron, Picardy Shepherd and Pyrenean. Originally, this breed suffered from problems with shyness and aggression in the 1970s but selective breeding has since resulted in good natured pets. Their long, shaggy hair encourages their likeness to the Beauceron breed. This coat is comprised of coarse hair that may be straight or slightly wavy. While they have naturally dropped ears, these are often cropped for show. Meanwhile, their long and bushy tails are left full. Briards have bowed front legs but maintain an impressive stature nonetheless. While this breed retains its ability for guarding and herding, they do make affectionate and playful family pets with loving hearts.
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