Basics of Dog Breed : Brie Shepherd

Posted on September 26 2018

Basics of Dog Breed : Brie Shepherd


The Brie Shepherd, or Briard, is a large, hardy, robust, muscular dog. Powerful and imposing, it is nonetheless endowed with remarkable flexibility and harmonious proportions. Its long, thick, slightly wavy dress with hairs masking the eyes is a characteristic feature of the breed.

Breed Information:

Other names: Briard
Origin:  France
FCI Group: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)
FCI number: 113
Hair type: Long
Shape of the head: Long

Race history

Formerly called French Sheepdog of Plaine, the Berger de Brie did not begin to receive its current name until the beginning of the end of the 18th century, with the publication of the "complete course of agriculture" of the abbot Rozier (Jean-Baptiste François Rozier). It is, indeed, in this work that the Briard is mentioned as such. It seems that the Berger de Brie comes from crosses between old breeds of sheepdogs and Barbet . He quickly emphasized his ease in the tasks of driving, guarding and protecting flocks.

He was then employed in the French army in the inter-war period . Nowadays, the Shepherd of Brie continues to lend a hand to the shepherds, but it is also used as a companion dog thanks to its balanced temperament. The breed of Berger de Brie was definitively recognized by the FCI on December 14, 1954. Its standard currently in force was published on November 4, 2008.

Physical characteristics

His hair: long, supple, dry, evoking the goat hair. Associated with a slight undercoat. 
Its color: black, tawny, charcoal, gray or blue. Black, gray, blue and warm fawn dresses may have tonal highlights. 
His head: long, strong, with hair covering part of his eyes, a beard and a mustache. Strong and slightly rounded skull, marked stop. 
His ears: relatively short, flat, covered with long fringes, tied high and not plated. 
Her eyes: oval, large, well opened and dark in color (possibly lighter in dogs with blue dress) 
:solidly built, with a straight back, a short and firm kidney, a slightly inclined and slightly rounded rump, a broad chest, long and slightly down to the elbows. 
Its tail:  low reach, good length (down to the point of the hock), never deviated, but forming a slight hook. Reach higher when the dog is in action.

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 30 kg and 40 kg Between 56 cm and 64 cm
Male Between 30 kg and 40 kg Between 62 cm and 68 cm

A dog breed Berger de Brie is classified in the category of large dogs .

Behavior and character

The Berger de Brie is a dog as imposing as calm. Its balanced temperament and softness make it a great companion at home, especially with children. Loyal and protective , he is not aggressive without being fearful. All this, combined with his natural mistrust of strangers (his long past as a sheepdog obliges), gives him the status of excellent watchdog . The Berger de Brie is also a dog with a strong personality.


Being able to be somewhat stubborn , the Brie Shepherd must be educated firmly in order to quickly signify the limits not to exceed . It must also be appropriately socialized to prevent undesirable behavior towards its fellow creatures, other animals and people. The intelligence of the Berger de Brie and his loyalty greatly facilitate his education.


The Berger de Brie is a hardy, rustic dog that does not fear the cold and bad weather. However, it should be noted that the breed is one of those predisposed to certain conditions: torsion and dilation of the stomach, dysplasia of the hip or night blindness (lower visual abilities in low light).

Maintenance & Hygiene


In general, the Berger de Brie does not moult . This is a rustic dog that does not require a thorough maintenance , but his dress should be regularly treated because of the length of his hair.


It is recommended to  brush the dog 1 to 2 times a week , about thirty minutes per session to prevent hair from getting tangled and keep it clean. On the other hand, it is  not advisable to wash it frequently  so as not to alter the rustic character of its hair.

Physical activity

The Brie Berger needs  long daily outings  to stay balanced and happy. His large frame  should not, however, be put to the test  by exercises too intensive.

Living conditions

Although the Berger de Brie is a rather quiet and balanced dog , it is not made to live in a small space . This is a large sheepdog that needs a living environment in line with its specificities : a house with a large fenced garden, ideally. He must remain active, which predestines him to a rather sporty and available master.

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 800 € 1000 €

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