A hardy ancient dog of French Origin. Not created by modern zoology, but rather a natural descendant of man's first helper, the dog of pre-history. A family Guardian & Herding dog that traveled around the world and grew in versatility, but most importantly has maintained its favorite status as full time family member.
"A heart wrapped in Fur"
One of the most infamous Briard trips was from France to the United States in 1789 when President Thomas Jefferson, a sheep farmer, purchased a Briard bitch in whelp, then spread her puppies to fellow sheep fanciers. Jefferson extolled their virtues calling them "the most watchful and faithful of all servants". But it wasn't until later on that their merits were brought to the attention of the public. Their versatile utilization during World War One earned them the admiration of soldiers who witnessed their bravery and ability to save lives. Their keen sense of hearing detected approaching enemy. They served as liaisons to the war front, carrying written messages through dangerous battlefields. They pulled carts and wagons, carried ammunition on their backs, and eagerly aided the Red Cross by searching for wounded soldiers. It was said that if a Briard passed a soldier by, the man was beyond hope. Briards saved many lives. Their heroism was so appreciated that the Head of a Briard was cast in the metal gate of one French cemetery. At war's end, their numbers were so depleted, there was concern for the loss of the breed. In 1922, some United Stated soldiers who returned from the war with stories of Briard heroism also returned with Briards.
Today, Briards are found all over the world, although classified as a Herding breed, the Briard serves many purposes; herding, guarding, obedience, agility, tracking, therapy, police work, conformation and some movie & TV stars. Given the necessary, proper socialization and training, a Briard will make the perfect companion, be it in an apartment in the city, or on a farm in the country, as the only dog or in a multiple pet household.
The Question is: Is a Briard Right For Your Household? The answer for us was yes.
Thank you for joining us & seeing how Briards have enriched our lives, and the lives of others. The purpose of this web site is to share our experiences. Photography is a favorite hobby and Briards, my favorite subject. Feel free to contact us with questions & comments.
We will do our best to answer or guide you on a more knowledgeable path. Tails to ewe, Noreen & Michael ♥
Peekaboo and Leonardo produced 12 spectacular puppies on May 30th 2913 All are in their forever homes.
Below are some photos from the litter with plans for many more to be added as time allows.
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