Briards are high maintenance on the grooming front because their coats need to be brushed daily to avoid any knots or tangles from forming. Briard puppies must be taught that a grooming session is a pleasant experience and one that they look forward to. It’s also very important to check between a dog’s toes regularly to see if anything is trapped which could lead to an infection flaring up. Dew claws also need to be trimmed regularly to prevent them snagging on things. Their coats also need to be regularly trimmed which is best left up to a professional dog groomer. Because Briards boast coarse double coats, they do tend to shed quite a bit and more especially during the Spring and then again in the Autumn which is when more frequent brushing would be necessary.
It’s also essential to regularly check a Briard’s ears because if there is too much hair in them this needs to be removed. If left, a dog is more at risk of developing an ear infection and these can be notoriously hard to treat once they flare up. The hair that grows between a dog’s pads also needs to be regularly trimmed to avoid it balling up which could make walking uncomfortable for dogs especially during the winter months.