The Brie Shepherd is a breed originating in France, bred specifically for herding. Their long, soft, dry coat and the presence of a beard, mustache and eyebrows are distinctive physical characteristics of the breed. In addition to their unique appearance, they are known for their courage and protective nature.
Dogs of the breed are medium-sized and rustic in appearance. The weight ranges between 25 and 45 kilograms, while the height varies between 58 and 69 centimeters in males and between 56 and 65 centimeters in females. The life expectancy of this breed is 12 years. They belong to Group 1 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which groups shepherd dogs and cattle dogs, except Swiss Cattle Dogs.
Breed history in brief
The Brie Shepherd is an ancient French breed that was bred for herding and guarding. Years ago the breed was known as Chien de Berger français de Plaine, but in 1809 the name "Brie Shepherd" appeared for the first time. During the two World Wars, the French troops chose the Brie Shepherd for sentry and ambulance activities.
In addition, in the early 20th century the breed was imported to the United States where it gained popularity as a companion and show dog. The breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1928. To this day, the Brie Sheepdog continues to serve as a sheepdog, but is primarily known as a loyal family companion.
The Brie Shepherd is a dog with a muscular and flexible structure, with a straight back, slightly sloping and rounded croup, and a short and firm loin. It has an elongated and strong head, with large oval eyes of dark color. The ears are naturally short and the tail is slightly curved at the end and is usually carried low, although it rises when moving.
The coat is soft, long and dry in texture and may be black, fawn or fawn with a black coat. The long hair on the head forms a beard, whiskers and eyebrows. In some cases, they may also have a gray or blue mask.
This breed is known for its intelligence, courage and protective nature, with a natural herding instinct and the ability to excel in a variety of activities, including agility, obedience and tracking. In addition, they are described as loyal, sensitive and affectionate to their owners, and can be good with children and other pets when properly socialized. However, it is important to note that the Brie Shepherd requires a confident and experienced owner.
Common health problems
The breed is characterized by good health. However, they are prone to develop certain disorders or pathologies such as corneal dystrophy, volvulo-gastric dilatation, hip dysplasia, hyperlipoproteinemia and progressive retinal atrophy.
In addition to the aforementioned conditions, the OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) Canine Health Information Center (CHIC) recommends an eye screening examination (between 6 months and 8 years of age), as well as a series of tests to assess diseases such as hip dysplasia, autoimmune thyroiditis, elbow dysplasia and stationary night blindness.
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