No one knows exactly when these happy and sweet-natured dogs first blessed our homes –but the smart money’s on either the 7th or 8th century. They began life in France, and were likely the descendants of the old guard dogs of Europe and sheep-herding breeds from the Orient.
Quite a few famous names have owned Briards throughout history, including the likes of Napoleon, Charlemagne and Thomas Jefferson. They were reportedly used as medical assistants during World War 1. Their duties included assessing soldiers’ injuries, passing by those who were close to dying and letting medics know who could still be saved.
Though Briards may not serve their country in quite the same way today, they continue to serve us well as great companions.