For those that have decided that the Briard is the right dog for them, careful selection of the right puppy is important. Choosing these dog's for their characteristics at a young age can be difficult. In many cases, a puppy is not going to act like he will when he's full grown. Of course, he also does not look the same. Yet, when you walk into the breeder's location and you see these amazing dogs, you may be wondering just what you can do to pick the right puppy for you. Ultimately, it may take a bit of guessing, but you will quickly find various differences in these puppies. Here are some tips to help you find the right Briard puppy.
His Physical Appearance
One of the first things that you will notice about the Briard is his physical looks. Though his coat may not be as long as it will be when he is fully grown, the Briard puppy does have a lot of fur covering his body. You will have a difficult time seeing his eyes throughout his coat, but this is to be expected. Coloring can be just about anything and many say that the color of the coat will change considerably from one day to the next, especially when they are younger. You will find the Briard puppy has a softer coat than the older dog will. The older dog's coat will be hard and rough when running your hand through it. Both dogs should have coats with a sheen to them, which means that they are healthy.
Temperament And Character
From their first days, the Briard is a dog with a lot of character and flare to him. He's dedicated to his master and willing to show it whenever he gets the chance. As a puppy, it takes just days for him to begin to assert that he is more dominate over anyone else in the home (including people and other puppies.) Yet, this is his character, one that is compassionate to a fault, but dedicated to pleasing his master.
Another consideration for the Briard owner is that these dogs are also very intelligent. They are going to enjoy being taught and will pick up on obedience and housetraining quickly, with repetition and dedication from his owner. You will begin to see this in the first days of having the puppy as he tries to work toward pleasing his master. The Briard is a wonderful dog to have in the home. The full grown dog demands your interaction and attention often. The puppy will require even more of it. He will want to be played with, talked to, and he'll stand by your side through anything that you do during the course of the day. The Briard will require some training and socialization from these first days, but will grow into a loving companion.