Wonderful World of Briards - Nuview
Welcome to the pages of Nuview Briards. On these pages, you will find the Briards we are currently showing, a few who are occupying the couch and a few who, while they don't live near us, are as much a part of our lives as those who do. This is the home of Nuview Briards located in beautiful Western Massachusetts. Nuview is a joint effort of Mary and Michele who have teamed together to show and breed healthy briards and to continue the lineage of this beautiful and storied breed. Michele has been in Briards since 1988, Mary since 2006.
The Briard is a very old breed of French working dog. In early times, Briards were used to defend their charges against wolves and poachers. Eventually, as land was divided and population increased following the French Revolution, the breed gradually transformed their work into the more peaceful task of herding the flocks, keeping the sheep within the unfenced boundaries of the pastures and guarding their masters' property.
The history of the Briard in the Americas is not well documented. Some credit the Marquis de Lafayette with the introduction of the breed to this country. However, writings of Thomas Jefferson indicate that he also brought representatives of the breed to this continent at about the same time. It was not until 1922 that a litter of Briards was registered with the American Kennel Club. Barbara Danielson of Groton, Massachusetts, was the breeder.
We show our dogs throughout the U.S. and Canada. Living so close to the border, we have this unique opportunity to compete in both countries. We have made many "dog" friends in both countries and feel it is a priviledge to be able to show our dogs.
If you are interested in this breed, feel free to contact us (firstname.lastname@example.org). We are happy to talk "briard" anytime. These dogs are a part of our family, our joy and our passion. We are delighted to share them with you.
Painting of Beowulf by Cheryl Dunn
Couple of other things to look for as you look at these pages, especially if you are contemplating welcoming a Briard into your home. This isn't an easy breed. They were breed to herd sheep and to bond with their shepard and only their shepard. They will be extremely protective of their family and very wary of strangers and strange dogs. Since most of us aren't shepards, we work to break that inclination to bond with just one person by socializing, socializing, socializing. If you cannot commit to that work, don't get a Briard. You will also notice a few differences between the dogs on these pages. Beowulf is what we call a "natural-eared" dog. His ears have not been cropped and trained to stand. Since training ears to stand can be a bit of a pain, pet owners expecially should consider natural ears. The other dogs on these pages have cropped ears. This is preferred in show homes because the standing ear gives the Briard a "perkier" look. Nuview Briards will do whatever the new owner would like. Mary's preference runs to the natural look, Michele's to the crop.
The other difference you will notice is color. Beo and Eddie are blacks and the rest are various shades of what we call tawny. Tawny is a recessive gene so when we breed tawny to tawny, we only get tawny. When we breed to a black, we can get both colors unless one of the parents is black homozygous (two genes of the same type), then we will get all black dogs.
The males go between 80 - 95 pounds, the girls normally weigh between 55 - 65 pounds. They do require a good deal of grooming but owners who do the grooming themselves often report that both they and the dog seem to enjoy it. At Nuview, we groom all our own dogs. I will soon be adding a separate page with things to consider when buying a Briard, but for now, this will have to do - adding to the "thoughts" page as we bring up our 2018 litter.
To the right; Briard puppies at the milk bar