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Briard Brittany Mix


The Briard Brittany Mix, is a mixed breed dog resulting from breeding the Briard and the Brittany. Both of these dogs can be friendly but personalities differ, so you never know. The Briard is known for being intelligent, fearless, and loyal. All dogs need proper socialization and that will be a big factor in how they interact with others. What does this mixed breed look and act like? Is it more like the Briard or the Brittany? Those are the questions we will try and answer below. Continue reading below to see pictures, videos, and learn more about the beautiful Briard Brittany Mix.

While we really recommend that you acquire all animals through a rescue, we understand that some people might go through a breeder to get their Briard Brittany Mix puppy. That is, if they have any Briard Brittany Mix puppies for sale.

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Briard Brittany Mix History

All hybrid or designer dogs are tough to get a good read on as there isn’t much history to them. Breeding specific dogs like this has become common in the last twenty years or so even though I am sure that this mixed breed found it’s share of dogs to the shelter due to accidental breeding. We will take a closer look at the history of both parent breeds below. If you are looking at breeders for new, designer dogs please beware of Puppy Mills. These are places that mass produce puppies, specifically for profit and don’t care at all about the dogs. If you have a few minutes, please sign our petition to stop puppy mills.

Briard History

The fluffy Briard is another native of France. Historians report that Charlemagne, Napoleon, Thomas Jefferson, and Lafayette all kept Briards at some point in their lives. The dog is thought to date from the 8th century. She survived the French Revolution and subsequent redistribution of land, living the exhausting yet peaceful life of a sheepdog. The Paris dog show of 1863 was her coming-out party, and there was much public interest in the Briard thereafter. It is believed that the Beauceron and the Barbet were bred in the 1800s to produce the Briard and standardize her appearance.

As shepherds, Briards were a fine choice for the farms of early France. They could work the field rounding up sheep during the day and guard the family by night.

The original (French) breed standard was written in 1897, and the first breed club was organized in 1909, only to disband after World War I broke out; as happened with many breeds, the Briard faced near-extinction after the war. France called on its Briards for military duties, and they answered, performing such tasks as helping to carry wounded soldiers, food, supplies and munitions. It is thought that the Briard’s eagerness to please made her work longer and harder than other canines. When the war ended, the number of Briards in the world had sharply dropped.

The French formed the breed club in 1923 and set about the business of restoring the breed. They rewrote the breed standard, and it has remained unchanged for all these years except for a minor modification in 1975. The Briard Club of America adopted this same standard in 1928.



Brittany History

This dog for years was called a “spaniel,” but since his work performance bears more in common with pointers and setters, he has gone by simply Brittany since 1982. He was developed in the Brittany region of France between the 17th and 19th centuries and came to the US during the 20th. He makes a highly versatile gun dog/retriever and a loving family pet.

The first known account of hunting with a Brittany happened in 1850, when an Englishman wrote down his experiences in hunting with a small, brown and white dog that performed exceptionally well in thick brush. The dog pointed instinctively, retrieved happily and was easy to manage in the field. The hunters of today choose the Brittany for many of the same reasons.

The French dog registry first recognized the breed in 1907; the orange-and-white dog was named simply “Boy.” The first breed standard was issued that year and mandated the dog be born with a naturally short tail. Black-and-white Brittanys were also excluded. The Brittany arrived in the U.S. in 1931 and was registered with the AKC in 1934. The American breed standard retained the prohibition of dogs with black in their coats, but eliminated the requirement of a naturally short tail.

Even today, there are subtle distinctions between French and American Brittanys. This article deals with the American variety.


Briard Brittany Mix Size and Weight

Briard
Height: 22 - 27 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 70 - 90 lb.
Lifespan: 10 - 12 years

Brittany
Height: 17 - 20 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 30 - 45 lb.
Lifespan: 12 - 15 years


Briard Brittany Mix Personality

The Briard and the Brittany are both loyal and affectionate. They are also very charming, so watch out! This dog will require a good training regimen as they can get excited. They are very loyal to their family. One of the best things you can do for any breed is to socialize it as much as possible. Please use positive reinforcement, it goes a long way! She should be rather affectionate and love being with you, she can also be stubborn so keep that in mind.


Briard Brittany Mix Health

All dogs have the potential to develop genetic health problems as all breeds are susceptible to some things more than others. However, the one positive thing about getting a puppy is that you can avoid this as much as possible. A breeder should absolutely offer a health guarantee on puppies. If they won’t do this, then look no more and don’t consider that breeder at all. A reputable breeder will be honest and open about health problems in the breed and the incidence with which they occur. We obviously recommend that you look for a reputable animal rescue in your area to find your new mixed breed. Health clearances prove that a dog has been tested for and cleared of a particular condition.

The Briard mixed with the Brittany might be prone to joint dysplasia, PRA, night blindness, among others.

Note that these are just common problems in both breeds.


Briard Brittany Mix Care


What are the grooming requirements?

Even if you know the breed, sometimes it is hard to tell if it will be a heavy shedder or a light shedder. Either way, Get ready to invest in a good vacuum if you want to keep your floors clean! Give them baths as needed, but not so much that you dry out their skin.

What are the exercise requirements?

Plan on taking them for extremely long walks and hikes to keep their energy level down. This mix will more than likely have a high energy level. This exercise will keep them from being destructive. A tired dog is a good dog. A tired dog is a good dog though. Never tie your dog up outside - that is inhumane and not fair to him.

What are the training requirements?

This is an intelligent dog that will be a little bit challenging to train. They are going to want to take the alpha position and need someone with a firm, strong, hand that can let them know their place. The best thing you can do is break the sessions into shorter daily sessions to keep their attention span higher. It might have a prey drive and be disposed to running for and chasing small prey, but if handled properly this can be managed. All dogs respond best to positive reinforcement. So make sure to praise her when she does well. She is an intelligent dog who loves to please, and loves a physical challenge. The more exercise she gets the easier she will be to train. Proper socialization is imperative to all dogs and puppies. Make sure to take her to the park and doggy day care to get her around as many people and dogs as possible.


Briard Brittany Mix Feeding

"A lot of times diet is done on a per-dog basis. Each one is unique and has different dietary requirements. Most dogs in the U.S. are overweight. A mix like this one that is prone to hip and elbow dysplasia should really be on fish oil and glucosamine and chondroitin supplements as soon as possible. A good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background.

Overfeeding any dog is not a good idea as that can really exacerbate health problems such as elbow and hip dysplasia.

I good diet to look into is Raw Food Diet. A raw food diet will be especially good for the Wolf background."



Briard Links

Briard Rescue

Briard Rescue Trust

Briard Rescue


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