Berger de Brie

Briard, French Herding Dog

The Berger de Brie is a beautiful, well-balanced, gentle, sociable and very nice dog. He loves to play with everyone, big or small. This excellent search, police auxiliary, herding and magnificent family doggie is an outstanding dog that must be held well in hand by his master. After having been designed for work, the Berger de Brie has become a very good companion dog today.

Height 56 to 68 cm
Weight 30 to 40 kg
Life expectancy 11 to 14 years
Hair Loss Low
Excercise Need High
Home country France

Quick Overview of the Berger de Brie

Temperament

  • Sociable and affectionate
  • Lovely and gentle
  • Calm and attentive
  • Courageous and joyful

Appearance

  • Robust and hardy
  • Well-proportioned silhouette
  • Hairy and flexible look
  • Full tail

Health

  • No particular pathology
  • Generally healthy
  • Rarely ill

Temperament of the Berger de Brie

Sociable, affectionate, kind, gentle, calm, attentive, bold, courageous and cheerful are all credentials that describe him. This well-balanced, very courageous, well behaved dog is also very receptive to training.

He is reliable and always ready to defend his own. His instinct naturally dictates his conduct as protector. No training is necessary to develop his protecting mission, it is innate.

As he has a slight tendency to be stubbornness, he needs a firm and precocious education. The dog's hierarchical position in the family must be clearly established from the beginning so that he understands where he belongs.

He must be well integrated in the family structure to not become the absolute master.

berger de brie personnalité

Breed Appearance

Brie shepherd

Robust and hardy, the Berger de Brie has a very well proportioned, muscular body. This dog is very hairy but still fairly flexible.

Height

Between 62 and 68 cm (24.41 to 26.77 inches) for the male
Between 56 and 64 cm (22.05 to 25.20 inches) for the female

Weight

Between 30 and 40 kg (66.14 to 88.18 pounds) for the male
Between 30 and 40 kg (66.14 to 88.18 pounds) for the female

Color

His coat is allowed in three even colors: black, fawn and blue (grey).

Hair

His coat resembles that of the goat, it is long and dry and very flexuous (flexed several times).

Morphology

His long head is strong. His eyes are dark and wide open. His ears are carried very straight. His nose is always black. His tail is well furnished. It forms a hook at the tip and must remain whole.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 1, section 1 and is #113

Characteristics of the Berger de Brie

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Life in an apartment
Good first dog
Tolerates solitude
Tolerates cold weather
Tolerates hot weather
Affectionate
Friendly with children
Friendly with strangers
Friendly with other animals
Hair loss
Drooling level
Easy to care for
Robust health
Easy to train
Intelligent
Tendency to bark
Tendency to nibble
Protective
Instinct to hunt
Adventurous spirit
Energy level
Level of intensity
Need for exercise
Playful

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Berger de Brie puppy: between 800 € / $ 949 / £728 and 1000 € / $ 1187 / £910
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder

Tips About this breed

This magnificent dog, which closely resembles his ancestor, the Barbet, has wonderful attributes that make him an excellent life companion for just about any owner.

Possessing excellent guarding and defense skills, his protective instincts make him an excellent working dog but also an adorable family dog. He is very friendly and loves to play with children with whom he is very patient.

Like his cousin, the Beauce Shepherd Dog, he needs a good, firm and unfailing education to counter his strong and determined character as well as his slight tendency towards stubbornness.

This wonderful dog with a strong temperament must be trained at a very young age and the master should be constant and firm throughout his training. It is preferable to be experienced in the matter to succeed in his education. His place in the family must be taught at a very early age.

Loving the great outdoors but preferring by far to be with his own, the Berger de Brie should not be left to his own devices. Alone for too long and too often, he will wither away and become unhappy. He can then become more stubborn and nervous. Human presence is essential to his happiness.

Health of the Berger de Brie

No pathology affects the race. This very robust dog generally possesses excellent health. He is rarely ill.

GROOMING

The Berger de Brie requires more regular and intense grooming unlike his counterpart, the Bergamo Shepherd Dog.

His deceptive appearance would rather dictate otherwise, but the Berger de Brie should not be washed too often and needs to be brushed daily to avoid potential knots in his pretty fleece.

His ears and dewclaws must also be monitored regularly.

History of this breed

The origin of the Berger de Brie apparently dates back to the 14th century. He is said to be one of the oldest French dogs, although his origins are not known with certainty. Apparently, even Charlemagne owned one.

It is generally believed that the Berger de Brie is a cross between the Barbet, the ancestor of the Poodle, and very old breeds of Shepherds, such as the Berger de Beauce.

Since the Bergamo Shepherd Dog is very close to the Berger de Brie, it is likely that the two breeds have common ancestors.

Although he was described in 1809 by Father Rozier in his well-known "Cours d'agriculture", it was not until 1863 that he appeared on display for the first time. In 1897, the first standard was established but a second one replaced it in 1909.

He is also said to be at the origin of the modern American Briard because after the First World War, some specimens of the breed were brought back to the United States by American soldiers.

A formidable sheepdog, he is also regularly used as police auxiliary as well as for searches in all kinds of disasters. The functions of search and police dog also suit him very well.

Nowadays, he is also increasingly sought after by families as a full-fledged member.

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