What Kind of Dog is That?
by Mary Lou Tingley
Those of us who own Briards have heard the question many times. For those
of you who are asking the question--here are the answers:
The Briard puppy is the kind of dog who:
Will cost you $800-$1500 to purchase and thousands
more in crate, toys, shots, food, neutering, licensing, basic medical
care, obedience classes, etc.
Will regularly piddle or worse on your floor until
housebroken, and possibly again in his geriatric years.
Will require a bare bones minimum of 55 hours
socialization before his first birthday, and at least 80 hours of puppy
kindergarten and obedience training.
Will destroy one of more shoes, socks, toys, pillows,
Over his lifetime he is the kind of dog who:
Will require a minimum of 1,248 hours of grooming
and fill over 500 bags with hair.
Will eat an average of 17,520 cups of kibble and
deposit about 8,760 packages in your yard for you to pick up and
Will drink approximately 8,760 quarts of water
and will dribble it on your clothes, across the coffee table and the
least waterproof items on that table.
Will deposit copious hair on your clothes,
furniture, rugs and friends.
Will bring into your home: tree blossoms and
pollen in Spring, grass clippings in Summer, leaves in Autumn, snow
in Winter, as well as mud and various types of debris all year long.
He is most generous with his bounty 5 minutes before your guests
If you, your family, and your home can commit to this
lifestyle, he will reward you with an average 105,120 of unconditional
love and devotion.
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