When selecting a Briard puppy, it is essential to consider several things. Is the dog a purebred and does he have the papers to show for it? Are the breeders well known and respected for what they do? There are many questions to ask when selecting the right puppy for your home, but you should know what the breed's standards are before making any contact. Doing so will help you to know if the dog is up to standards or not. You can learn a lot about the dog from these standards. What's more, it helps you to know what type of dog you will be getting.
One of the most obvious standards that your puppy should have is an appearance that is suitable for the Briard. It will take some time for him to grow into his coat, so he may look a bit different than the standard for this breed, depending on his age. The dog is a handsome one with a very strong muscles and bones. They are agile and powerful in the way that they look and the way that they walk. Some of these elements will happen as the dog matures, yet you should see signs of a strong dog from their earliest days.
Next, find out about the dog's parents. Standards for the Briard in height are 23 to 27 inches for males and 22 to 25 inches for females. A dog that is smaller in size than this is considered disqualified. Chances are good that these characteristics will pass down to the puppy. You also want to consider his proportions, which he will also get from his parents. In males, the dog should be equal to or slightly more in length than his height when measured from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttock. Females may be a bit longer.
Next, take a look at the puppy's coat. The coat is coarse, on the outer layer. It should be dry when you touch it and even hard. The coat should lie flat and should have a good sheen to it. The sheen helps you to know the dog is health, too. The dog should have a slight wave of the locks. For those that know this animal, you know that the head is covered with hair, but it should have a natural part in the center of it. His eyebrows should arch up and out. In color, the standard for puppies in this breed is any uniform color expect for white.
Base your choice of a Briard puppy on the way that he looks, but also on the way that his parents look. What's more, learn as much as you can about the breeders so that you know that you are getting a healthy, happy dog.