The Briard is a very loyal and protective breed, and is sometimes 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. Indeed, these dogs rapidly develop an affection to their owners. They are very emotional, capable of crying for a long time after their owners’ departure and celebrate their return in a very enthusiastic way.
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. Shopping, city parks and malls are a good place to start.
Be aware that club officers do change but those listed here can usually help you find the current secretary or appropriate.
Belgian Briard Club – http://www.briardclub.be/
The Finnish Briard Club – http://www.suomenbriard.net
French Briard Club – http://www.briards-fr.com/
Briard Club of Germany – http://www.briardclub.de/
Italian Briard Club – http://www.briardseamici.it/
Dutch Briard Club – http://www.briard.nl/
Briard Club Slovakia – http://www.briardklub.sk/
Swedish Briard Club – http://www.briardklubben.se/
Swiss Briard Club – http://www.swissbriard.ch/
The Briard Association – http://www.briard-association.co.uk
The British Briard Club – http://www.thebritishbriardclub.org.uk
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
American Briard Club – http://briardclubofamerica.org/
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