Braque Du Bourbonnais

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35-49 lbs
19-22"
France
Bourbonnais Pointer, Pointer of Bourbonnais, French Pointer, El Braco Du Bourbonnais

The Braque Du Bourbonnais (pronounced Brock-do-Bor-bon-nay) is an ancient hunting dog from France. He is one of the oldest pointing breeds known to man, yet he is considered a rare breed because he is not a popular companion dog. He is an extremely affectionate and loyal companion and easy to train. Since he has been bred exclusively to be a hunting dog, he does have a very high prey drive and is not recommended for homes with small pets or cats. The Braque Du Bourbonnais does well with children but he is a very rambunctious puppy and adolescent dog and can easily overwhelm young children.

Purpose
hunting
Date of Origin
1500s
Ancestry
pointer

Braque Du Bourbonnais Health

Average Size
Height: 20-23 inches Weight: 40-55 lbs
Height: 19-22 inches Weight: 35-49 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Pulmonic Stenosis
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
  • Cleft Palate
Minor Concerns
  • Entropion
  • Ectropion
  • Demodectic Mange
Occasional Tests
  • Hip
  • Elbow
  • Heart
  • Skeletal
  • Skin Scraping
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination

Braque Du Bourbonnais Breed History

The Braque Du Bourbonnais is a pointing dog that dates back to at least the 1500s. He has been in existence since before 1598 when he began appearing in French literature and art. The Braque Du Bourbonnais was described as having a hardy and healthy appearance and being an agreeable companion for the hunter. He has a naturally short tail and is white in color with brown or fawn ticking throughout his coat. It is impossible to determine the exact origins of the Braque Du Bourbonnais because his existence dates back to before written records were kept for dog breeding. His bloodlines cannot be traced all the way back but researchers have agreed that the Braque Du Bourbonnais was developed by crossing the Braque Francais (Gascogne) or Large French Pointer with hunting breeds that were native to Bourbonnais. He experienced an increase in popularity until the beginning of World War I. By the end of World War II, the Braque Du Bourbonnais was almost extinct because of the lack of breeding activity during the wars. Stringent breeding practices caused the number of remaining Braque Du Bourbonnais to decrease and the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) dropped him as an official breed. From 1963 to 1973 there were no purebred Braque Du Bourbonnais registered. In 1970, a French hunter began working towards saving the Braque Du Bourbonnais. He started by gathering together other interested breeders. These breeders searched through the France for any surviving Braque Du Bourbonnais. There was no more purebred Braque Du Bourbonnais to be found so dogs that were Braque Du Bourbonnais mixes were brought in and used in a breeding program to rebuild the breed. The Club du Braque Du Bourbonnais was founded by Michel Comte and other Braque Du Bourbonnais breeders in 1982. In 1985 the breed was officially re-registered with the Federation Cynologique Internationale’s French affiliate, the Society Central Canine (SCC). In 2011, the Braque Du Bourbonnais was allowed into the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service. 

Braque Du Bourbonnais Breed Appearance

The Braque Du Bourbonnais is a medium sized hunting dog that has short hair. He is not an overly muscled dog, but has enough muscle to give the impression of power and strength. He is robust and stocky in build. His skin is supple without being thin or having folds. His coat is dense and short, being a fine in texture except on his back where the hair is a little coarser and longer. His head and ears have shorter and finer hair. The Braque Du Bourbonnais has a base color of white and then has either brown ticking or fawn ticking throughout. Brown ticking used to be called wine dregs and fawn ticking was once called peach blossom. His ears are generally the same color as the ticking on his body and have less ticking. He can only have small colored patches of the same color that is on his body. A mix of white and colored hairs throughout his body giving the overall appearance of being a roan in color is acceptable.

Eye Color Possibilities
Hazel
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
Black
Brown
Isabella
Coat Color Possibilities
Fawn
Brown
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Braque Du Bourbonnais Breed Maintenance

The Braque Du Bourbonnais is a pretty low maintenance dog when it comes to grooming requirements. He should be brushed weekly or at the very least every other week. Brushing him often will remove any loose or dead hairs and dirt that have accumulated on the dog. He is a moderate shedder, grooming regularly will minimize the amount of loose hairs that float around the house. Use a natural bristle brush when grooming. He does not need to be bathed often, usually only when he gets into something that makes him really dirty. His nails should be trimmed as needed, usually every two to three weeks. Check his ears weekly for dirt or foul smell. Clean them as needed using a cotton ball and hydrogen peroxide to prevent infections from occurring. Set up a routine dental plan to ensure that he has healthy teeth and gums. Brush his teeth weekly and if necessary, set up a professional teeth cleaning once a year.

Brushes for Braque Du Bourbonnais
Pin Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Braque Du Bourbonnais Temperament

The Braque Du Bourbonnais is a tenacious hunter, he is passionate about searching out game and will adapt easily to most terrains. At home with his family he is affectionate and even-tempered. Since he has been almost bred exclusively to be a working gun dog, he has a typical working dog temperament. He wants to be constantly with his owners and will follow them anywhere. He does not thrive in a kennel environment and can develop severe separation anxiety. He can also develop separation anxiety when his family is away from him for long periods of time each day. He does not do best in a home where he is alone and can become destructive and very vocal. The Braque Du Bourbonnais does need to be socialized from an early age and they are generally accepting of everyone, even strangers. He loves children; however, he can be too overwhelming for young children when he is young and untrained. Other dogs make good companions for him, but small pets such as rabbits, cats and ferrets should never be left alone with him.

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
5 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
30 minutes

Braque Du Bourbonnais Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Braque Du Bourbonnais Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 12 lbs
Height: 12 inches Weight: 8 lbs
12 Months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 27 lbs
Height: 20 inches Weight: 22 lbs
18 Months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 47 lbs
Height: 20 inches Weight: 45 lbs

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