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[bree-ahr, -ahrd] /briˈɑr, -ˈɑrd/
one of a French breed of dogs having a long, slightly wavy coat, raised originally for herding sheep.
1930-35; < French; see Brie, -ard Unabridged
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  • The Briard is a large breed of dog, one of many herding breeds.
  • The Briard has been bred for centuries to herd and to protect their flocks.
  • These are some of the traits that the Briard has retained throughout history.
  • Even if a Briard is a city dweller, they have a degree of herding ability within them.
British Dictionary definitions for Briard


/briːˈɑːd; briːˈɑː/
a medium-sized dog of an ancient French sheep-herding breed having a long rough coat of a single colour
Word Origin
French, literally: of Brie (region in N France)
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Encyclopedia Article for Briard


French sheepdog breed mentioned in French records of the 12th century and depicted in medieval French tapestries. It is known in France as berger de Brie (sheepdog of Brie) but is found throughout the French provinces. The briard is a lithe, strongly built dog with bushy brows and a long, more-or-less waterproof coat. It stands 22 to 27 inches (56 to 68.5 cm), weighs about 80 pounds (36 kg), and is usually black, gray, or tawny. Briards are also used for guard, police, and military work

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