Berger de Brie

Other name: Briard

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The Berger de Brie, or Briard, is a large, rustic dog, robust and muscular. Powerful and imposing, it is nonetheless endowed with remarkable flexibility and harmonious proportions. Its long, thick coat, slightly wavy and with hair masking the eyes is a characteristic trait of the breed.



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Hair type Long
Origin France
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 30 kg to 40 kg From 56 cm to 64 cm
Male From 30 kg to 40 kg From 62 cm to 68 cm
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History of the breed

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

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Physical features

His hair: long, supple, dry, reminiscent of goat hair. Associated with a slight undercoat.
Its color: black, fawn, charred fawn, gray or blue. Black, gray, blue, and warm fawn dresses may feature tone-on-tone highlights.
His head: long, strong, with hair partially covering the eyes, a beard and a mustache. Strong and slightly rounded skull, marked stop.
His ears: relatively short, flat, covered with long fringes, set high and not plastered.
Its eyes: oval in shape, large in size, wide open and dark in color (possibly lighter in blue-coated dogs.
His body: solidly built, with a straight back, a short and firm kidney, a slightly sloping and slightly rounded rump, a broad, long chest and slightly lowered to the elbows.
Its tail: carried low, of good length (descending to the point of the hock), never deviated, but forming a slight hook. Reach higher when the dog is in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

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

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Able to be somewhat stubborn , the Berger de Brie must be educated firmly so as to quickly point out to him the limits not to be exceeded . It must also be properly socialized to prevent unwanted behavior towards its congeners, other animals and people. The intelligence of Berger de Brie and his loyalty greatly facilitate his education.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

Even if the Berger de Brie is a rather calm and balanced dog , it is not made to live in a small space . It is about a large sheepdog who 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 fairly athletic and available master.


Ease of gaining weight

The Berger de Brie is a rustic, robust dog, which does not fear the cold and bad weather. However, you should know that the breed is one of those predisposed to certain ailments: torsion and dilation of the stomach, hip dysplasia or even night blindness (reduced visual capacity in low light).

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 8 and 10 puppies

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Berger de Brie dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Berger de Brie is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

In general, the Berger de Brie does not moult . This is a rustic dog that does not require extensive maintenance , but its coat should be regularly groomed due to the length of its hair.


It is recommended to brush the dog once or twice a week , at a rate of about thirty minutes per session to prevent the hairs from tangling and to keep them clean. On the other hand, it is not recommended to wash it frequently so as not to alter the rustic character of its coat.

Price and budget

Purchase price

800 €
1000 €

The purchase price of a Berger de Brie is between 800 € and 1000 €.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Berger de Brie is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play


The Berger de Brie needs long daily outings to stay balanced and happy. Its large carcass should not, however, be strained by overly intensive exercises.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 1: Sheepdogs and Cattle Dogs (except Swiss Cattle Dogs)

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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