The Briard is a very old breed with a history that dates back to 8th century France....
When the breed was first developed, their primary job was to keep their owners safe from animals and other people. This duty expanded after the French Revolution, and the Briard was used as a herding dog and as a watchdog, tasked with keeping watch over an entire property.
The very first breed standard for the Briard was drawn up in 1897 by fans of the sheepdog, and in 1909, the French association Les Amis du Briard was formed. The same standards used in the French club were later adopted by the Briard Club of America in 1928.
Its still uncertain who should be credited with bringing the first Briard to the United States. Some credit the Marquis de Lafayette, and others credit Thomas Jefferson. One thing is certain: the registration of the first litter of Briard puppies. In 1922, Barbara Danielson secured that honor, a full six years ahead of the breed being recognized by the American Kennel Club.
Today, the Briard is still a popular breed in France and enjoys a few adoring fans in the United States.