Orígenes de la raza
Para muchos de los aficionados, el Labrador Retriever sigue siendo uno de los perros más populares de todo el mundo. Se piensa que los Labrador Retriever se originaron en la costa de Terranova, Canadá, donde los pescadores empleaban perros de esta apariencia para recuperar peces. La raza tal como la conocemos hoy, sin embargo, fue establecida por los británicos a principios del siglo XIX.
El Labrador Retriever Club se fundó en 1916 y el primer estándar siguió poco después, adaptado en especial para los labradores retriever de trabajo, que encontraron la fama de forma temprana después de que Col Peter Hawker y el Conde de Malmesbury los introdujeran originalmente en el Reino Unido a finales del siglo XIX.
2 facts about Briards
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Briard
Beware of (possible) blindness
Nocturnal blindness, also known as retinal dystrophy, is a disease that is mainly found in the Briard dog. The condition is hereditary, and both parents must carry the gene to pass it on to offspring. Using a reputable breeder can of course reassure any potential owner that a Briard doesn’t carry the gene. This condition is often diagnosed late, so get your puppy’s eyes tested as early as when they are four to six weeks of age with a simple blood or saliva sample.
Brush them at least once a week
Although they are known to be a low-shedding breed, because of their long shaggy double coats, Briard dogs will still need a good deal of regular grooming. The thicker coarser (think goat hair) outer coat typically grows about six inches long so it will need to be brushed at least a few times a week to remove dead hair and to prevent matting and tangles. Grooming your Briard daily will need to be a definite in the spring and autumn, the two times a year when shedding happens profusely as a natural course of the dog’s adjusting to a new season.
Training day comes early
Briards are very smart dogs, but you’ll need to get in there early to establish pack leadership. They were bred to be independent and one to make decisions on their own, so they’ll need committed training with positive reinforcement. Briard puppy training, then, cannot be emphasized enough. Encourage them to act in a friendly manner when strangers come into the mix; they’ll understand with repetition and your communicating that new people and animals are compatriots rather than adversaries.