French Herding Breeds – Briard and the Beauceron
Also known as: Chien Berger de Brie
Height at shoulder: 22–27 inches (56–69 cm)
Weight: 70–90 pounds (32–41 kg)
Coat: Long, shaggy, coarse, slightly wavy; lies flat, parts down the middle
Color: Black gray, tawny
Ears: Natural or cropped
Tail: Long, low set
Briards have long been regarded as one of the four native breeds that include the Beauceron. History suggests that they were once considered the same breed. The first breed standard, written in 1897, described two different varieties: one with goat-like hair and one with woolly hair.
Also known as: Bas Rouge (Red Stocking), Berger de Beauce
Height at shoulder: 24–27 inches (61–70 cm)
Weight: Up to 110 pounds (50 kg)
Coat: Short and thick
Color: Black or blue merle with rust or tan points
Ears: Folded over, semi-erect or cropped upright
Tail: Long, thick
Trivia: Having double rear dewclaws is a common trait for French herding breeds, though it may be found in other breeds as well. See also Continental Shepherds:
To learn about herding breeds from around the world, their temperaments, working styles and how to train them please refer to the book Stockdog Savvy (Alpine Publications) by Jeanne Joy Hartnagle-Taylor and Ty Taylor:
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