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Are briards aggressive?

Many people see a Briard and think it’s a beautiful dog. Are briards aggressive? They might see one in a movie, or they might meet one in the community, and they might think about what a great personality and character Briard is. Briard’s performance on an entertainment show may be too good or completely comical to be surprised by However, although the first Briard was registered in 1922, and it is believed that Thomas Jefferson brought Briard to the United States, it is still relatively rare in the United States today. (click on variety history to learn more about rose history.) There’s a good reason. So far, less than 50 briards are registered with AKC every year.


Functions of Briard

Briard is a very smart Old French working breed. They are the companions of shepherds, and are naturally protective. Right Briard is calm and indifferent, no threat to strangers, is exuberant, bigger than life, heart wrapped in fur people, they know and love. The intelligence of a bison requires a dedicated and equally intelligent master. Because they are naturally protective, they must socialize with their owners like puppies, and their owners should teach them to accept the people and things they meet in daily life happily. They’re not big lions, they’re not long haired Labradors. They were first used to defend their own charges against Wolves and poachers and later used as Border Collies in France. They retain the instinct to defend their homes and families. Because of this history, this early socialization and training is extremely important. Without socialization, they will become overprotective. Without a leader, they can decide to take responsibility for protecting those they think may be vulnerable.
According to AKC standards, Briard is spirited and proactive, intelligent and fearless, without a trace of timidity. Briard is smart, easy to train, loyal, gentle, obedient, has an excellent memory and a passionate desire to please his master. Briard retains a high degree of ancestral instinct, guarding the home and the master. Although he is very formal to strangers, he is loving and loyal to the people he knows. Some will show some independence. But Briard is not the right breed for everyone. Their incredible character can be developed only when they are properly raised (see Puppy Rearing) with time, dedication and the relationship between the breeder and the owner.


Briard’s temperament

Like any breed, different briards have different temperaments. Brisk Briard and calm Briard; calm Briard and sweet Briard; serious Briard and kind Briard; introverted Briard and extroverted Briard. Unfortunately, there’s even the downright obnoxious Briard (but that shouldn’t happen when properly dedicated to breeding, socialization, and training). The difference in Briard’s temperament may exist between a litter of dogs, a dog’s family or a breeder. Different breeders pay attention to different things and different qualities in breeding. The main goal of some breeders is to develop a “show dog” that exudes confidence, energy and will work for food. One sheep is eager to work, while the other wants to be docile. Others value and expect this instinct to be actively prevented. Sadly, some people don’t pay attention to temperament or trick themselves into forgiving dogs for their bad temper. A good breeder will ask potential buyers a lot of questions to determine if they are able to raise a bison. Buyers should also ask a lot of questions and explain clearly and honestly their experience with dogs, the time and energy they spend on dogs, and the qualities they look for in dogs. Many breeders will refuse to sell to families that they believe do not match the breed or its specific litter size. Temperament problems arise when a person has a dog that is too much for their time and ability. Temperament is 35% genetic factor and 65% environmental factor. There are three types of temperament, one too good to destroy, two too bad to repair, and three somewhere between 1 and 2. Most of the briards are in the third category. Sadly, some breeders have bad temper dogs. When buying Briard, the owner should try to meet Briard’s parents.