The Briard is distinguished with high intelligence, high alertness, and great independence, which constitute the qualities of a herding dog. In addition to his loving, loyal, and balanced nature, the Briard has a strong stubbornness and a very high need for exercise and activity. He is described as lively, bright, good-natured, and friendly.
The Briard breed was formerly kept as a herding dog. For this reason, he has a strong natural protective instinct and always tries to keep the human pack together.