The Briard is a large breed of dog, one of many herding breeds. The Briard, which has been around for centuries has been used by the French Army as a sentry, messenger, and to search for wounded soldiers because of its fine sense of hearing. They were used in the First World War nearly to the point of extinction. The Briard is named either for Aubry of Montdidier, a man who was supposed to have owned an early Briard, or for the French province of Brie, although the dog probably does not originate in that locale. The Briard still serves as a herder and flock guardian today, as well as an esteemed companion dog. Some of the Briard’s talents are search & rescue, police work, military work, herding, watch-dogging and guarding. Currently the population of Briard are slowly recovering.