A website devoted to Barney, a black Briard living in Yorkshire

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The history of the Briard

Briards have been described as "a heart of gold wrapped in fur" - a very apt description of this ancient and aristocratic breed of dog.


Briards originate from France where they were primarily herding and guard dogs.  Emperors Charlemagne (8th century) and Napoleon both kept Briards and Thomas Jefferson was one of the first breeders of Briards in the USA. There are depictions of briard-like dogs on the Bayeux Tapestry.


Their loyalty, hardiness and intelligence led them to be used by the French Army as a sentry and messenger and to search for wounded soldiers in the First World War, almost to the point of extinction, which is why there are so few around today.


The Briard's modern-day roles include police, military and search-and-rescue work, as well as companion dogs.


Famous acting Briards include “Ruff” in the Dennis the Menace films, “Buck” in “Married… with Children” and “Fang” in “Get Smart”. Perhaps the most famous Briard at the moment is Norman the Scooter Dog who, by scooting 30m in 20.75 seconds in July 2013 is a Guinness World Record Holder!

Briard (aka Berger de Brie, Berger Briard)

Briards as pets

Matt and Michelle at Yardbury Briards have written the perfect article about having a Briard as a pet.


Rather than me trying to reinvent the wheel, if you click here you will find out all you could need to know about inviting a Briard to live with you.