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The Briard is a very loyal and protective breed. The Briard is also called a heart of gold wrapped in
fur. Once they have bonded to their family members, they will be very protective. They can be aloof
with strangers - new introductions should be on the dog's terms, including furniture or the addition of
a new baby into the household. They require showing that the new intrusion is friendly and free of
conflict. They must be taught that it is a good thing and not harmful. They have proven to be a very
good breed to have around children of all ages.
It is also important that the Briard be introduced to several different individuals of all ages and in all
types of situations. Socialization starting at a very young age is mandatory. Briards should be
walked as often as possible, to many different places, and they will develop into a well rounded
animal. Pet stores, city parks and malls are a good place to start.
The Briard has been bred for centuries to herd and to protect their flocks. To domesticated briards,
their family is the flock and all strangers may appear to be predators. Letting them know that the
public in general are friendly and not harmful will help them establish a lifelong socialization pattern
which will result in an outgoing and happy dog. This socialization with the public in general will not
diminish their capacity for protecting and guarding their family.
The Briard has a very good memory. Once a lesson is learned, good or bad, the knowledge will be
retained for a long time to come. Sometimes they may appear to be strong minded and stubborn but
these are a few of the Briard's characteristics. They were bred for centuries to think for themselves
and to act upon their conclusions, sometimes to the point of thinking what the "flock" will do ahead of
These are some of the traits that the Briard has retained throughout history. Even if a Briard is a city
dweller, they have a degree of herding ability within them. If ever, during their lifetime, they are
introduced to sheep or cattle, they will automatically start doing what they were bred to do, herding.
They will even herd humans by nibbling on their ankles or guiding with their heads and guide them
to his master if ordered.
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