Origin Briard photo The Briard (pronounced BREE-arrd) is a very old breed of French working dog. Depicted in 8th century tapestries and mentioned in records of the 12th century, the breed is perfectly portrayed in the 14th and 16th centuries. This was an "all around," a farm dog that had multiple tasks to accomplish. Originally, the Briard was used to protect sheep from wolves and poachers. After the French Revolution, the population soared, and so the land was divided up and the Briard ...