Briard is one of four French Sheepdog breeds. The breed has something of a reputation as a rough, tough, aggressive working dog, but proper Briard temperament is better described as outgoing, sweet and willing to please, with strong guarding instincts. This breed has a fine memory and is intelligent with a lot of ambition. The Briard is very trainable, willing and eager to please. Some of the Briards talents are search & rescue, police work, military work, herding, watchdog and guarding. The Briard can be any of several different solid colors or lighter colors with darker or light ears and face. Briards stand 58 to 69 cm (22 to 27 inches) at the withers. Briard is also called a heart of gold wrapped in fur. Once they have bonded to their family members, they will be very protective.