Has anyone had experience with Briard dogs?

posted 3 years ago in Pets
  • poll: Which breed
    Briard : (1 votes)
    20 %
    Wheaten : (2 votes)
    40 %
    Other - please comment : (2 votes)
    40 %
  • Post # 3
    147 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    We have a Wheaten Terrier and also had a Briard puppy for a very short few weeks (he had health problems & had to go back to the breeder).  A few cautionary notes for both breeds: are you pretty experienced with dog training?  Both can be very challenging breeds & need a lot of training & supervision.  Briards are a protective breed and if not properly socialized and trained, can have aggression issues.  

    Wheatens are terriers and need a very securely fenced yard.  I am obsessed with our Wheaten Terrier- he’s so loving & funny & energetic.. but I always tell people I would never get another one or recommend the breed to friends.. they’re not always easy dogs!  Leash training is a nightmare & he can get nippy sometimes with other dogs or sometimes people he doesn’t like.

    If you’re fine with a big dog (which you must be if you’re considering a Briard!), I would 100% go with a Goldendoodle.  Ours has the most incredible temperament, is really smart, playful and learns very very quickly- he’s a really ‘easy’ dog.  

    When we have both dogs out, people always love our Goldendoodle & ask a million questions about him.  Ours is a cross between a Standard Poodle & an English Cream Golden Retreiver. He looks almost exactly like our Wheaten, just much bigger! 

    Feel free to PM me if you want anymore info on wheatens, goldendoodles or our breeder. : )


    Post # 4
    147 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    Here’s a picture of both of our kiddos… love them so much! Laughing

    Just in case someone needs it – Wheaten Terrier on the left, Goldendoodle on the right

    Post # 5
    6953 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I’m not familiar with either breed, but have you tried calling the breeder? In my experience some are just absolutely terrible with responding to emails, especially if they’re busy on the weekends with shows. I had two take over a month to respond to me when I was looking for a cardigan.

    Post # 6
    1349 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @fmls:  I agree.  Both are a lot of dog so you have to be really committed.  If it’s your first dog, do as much research as humanly possible. I have experience with both breeds.  Both can be a wonderful breed IF they are properly trained/understood.

    Post # 7
    509 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @fmls:  I love your dogs! We currently have a schnauzer so I can attest to a terrier’s tendency to be “difficult” dogs but gosh I love them, those faces! But I have to admit, I adore goldendoodles, the first time I saw one years ago, I stopped on a busy street, jumped out of the car & ran up to the owner to ask about their dog. I would like a smaller one and yours looks perfect. How’s the shedding? After losing our pug last year, I swore I would never get another shedder unless I live in a farm house. Our schnauzer doesn’t shed at all 🙂

    @nearlymarriedlass:  I voted Wheaten although I also love Briards, they are beautiful (like a big giant schnauzer!) but also challenging. I would prefer challenging in a smaller package.

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