My Briards live together with me in my house as pets.
I show, although not so often these days, do agility, obedience and heelwork to music for fun with my Briards and in any spare time left, visit schools, residential homes, nursing homes and hospitals with my dogs.
I believe Dexter was the first Briard to complete the KC Good Citizen Dog Scheme at GOLD level.
Dibley, Demi and Desmond have completed the KC GCDS at Silver Level.
Temperament is my prime concern, which is proven by the fact that my dogs are all registered as members of Therapy Dogs Nationwide and previously with Pets As Therapy.
I am a Kennel Club assured breeder, KC approved GCDS Examiner at all levels and a Therapy Dogs Nationwide dog/cat assessor and area coordinator.
I am a member of the British Briard Club and the Briard Association. I even edited the BBC magazine for over 6 years.
Who is the person or team looking after the dogs?
- Me....just me...groom bath walk feed etc as necessary.
How did you fall in love with the breed?
- Drawn to traits of dogs in the Pastoral group and just love long-haired dogs.
I used to have Bearded Collies but then saw 2 black Briards and said to the person who owned them if you ever mate those Can I have one....and Darcy was born. I was there at the mating and birth and visited her every day until I brought her home.
How long have you been breeding dogs?
- Della had my first litter in 2008.
Why are you breeding this breed and not another?
- Cuz I'm bonkers. You have to have a screw loose to own a Briard. (Joking obviously!)
More detail about Briard as a Breed:
Briards were used during World War I as red cross dogs, sentry dogs and ammunition carriers. By the end of the war, the Briard population was sadly depleted.
The first-ever Briard litter in Great Britain was born in March 1969 from Irish imports and the second in November of the same year. The first Briard was shown in 1967 and by 1969 two Briards had qualified for Crufts.
The Briard is a big, rugged, sturdy dog, measuring from 23" minimum for females to 27" maximum for males. They should weigh between 70 - 100 lbs depending on gender and height. His bone should be heavy and his feet large. He should be covered all over with a long, wavy coat and this coat may be any colour of fawn, from quite pale to a deep rich shade, all black, or with white hairs scattered through the black coat, or slate grey.
A Briards character should be very intelligent, gay and lively and his temperament fearless with no trace of timidity or aggressiveness. This often translates into boisterous and unless a puppy is sensibly trained one could easily end up with an over-exuberant and unmanageable adult who will take its owner for a walk rather than the other way round.
If you wish to share your life with a large, hairy, exuberant bundle of love, who because of his high level of intelligence can easily become bored, requires regular grooming and as an adult needs plenty of exercises, then the answer is yes. Owning a Briard can be very rewarding but it can also be very hard work, it is not a breed to be purchased on a whim.
"I have had Briard’s for the past thirty years + and just wanted to say that Debbie Mackay as a breeder is absolute without question the most professional, informative, approachable, consistent, loving, friendly and caring breeder I’ve had the privilege to meet and know. The parents and puppies pedigree is faultless. The temperament, personality, nature and coats of her pups and her own grown-up doggies are excellent. I have found that they are bright, responsive and very trainable. I would have no hesitation in recommending this very responsible breeder to anyone, as she and her babies are an absolute credit to the Briard breed within the UK. Please keep up the good work and thank you."
-Anthony and Doris the Briard
"Debs is a fantastic breeder. The Briards she breeds are lovely dogs with impeccable ancestry. As pups, they are raised in her home and socialised extensively before they leave mum; and once they have left for their new homes she is always there to offer help and support to the new puppy parents not only in the short term but throughout the dog's life. I have personally benefitted a lot from this help and advice, my current Debsbrie boy is utterly gorgeous and I can't wait for my next puppy!"
- Pauline and Leonard the Briard
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