Braque du Puy

45-50 lbs
24-26"
France
Du Puy Pointer , Braque Dupuy

The Braque du Puy is a high spirited and lovable gun dog that is athletic in build and one of the tallest dogs among the French Braque dogs. They are an active dog who loves nothing more than to be outside rambling around the countryside with their master. These dogs are valued for their speed, flexibility and for their excellent noses that can follow a trail for many miles. While they excel in the country and on various terrain, they are not great swimmers. They are more at home in dry conditions. The  Braque du Puy is very affectionate and loyal, and makes a great companion for a family. This breed of dog is now very rare, due to events such as World War II where large numbers of all dogs were decimated. It is now a breed teetering on the border of extinction, with some saying that it has already passed the mark and those dogs that are available are a revised new breed. Whatever the case, this is a good looking dog with a lovely nature and we hope they continue to increase in popularity as they become better known. They do make for loyal and devoted companions and ideal family pets.

Purpose
Working, Hunting, Companion
Date of Origin
19th Century
Ancestry
Braque Francais, Sloughi, Greyhound

Braque du Puy Health

Average Size
Male Braque du Puy size stats
Height: 25-27 inches Weight: 45-50 lbs
Female Braque du Puy size stats
Height: 24-26 inches Weight: 45-50 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Skin Allergies
  • Eye Infections
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Bloat
  • Ear Infections such as Otitis interna/media
Occasional Tests
  • X-ray imaging
  • Complete Blood Work
  • Internal Imaging (x-ray, CT scan, MRI, etc.)
  • Serum Chemistry Tests
  • Ophthalmological Examination
  • Skin Scrapings and Biopsies

Braque du Puy Breed History

The history of the Braque du Puy is mostly rumor or vague notations taken in the past. Sadly, this dog suffered a great deal during the Second World War, and most experts believe the original dog has become extinct, and the existing dogs of this breed are a new line of dogs, and not of the original strain. The dog originated in France during the 1800's and was a member of the Pointer breed. Their ancestry is still hotly debated with some saying that they were descendants of the Spanish Pointer or perhaps the Portuguese Pointer, while others claim that they may have descended from the English Pointer. The most acceptable account is that the Braque du Puy was bred by crossing a sighthound (the Levier's) with another breed of Braque (or Pointer), most likely the Braque Francais. Another version is that two brothers with the last name of Dupuy or du Puy who owned a liver and white Braque Francais female dog named 'Miss' then acquired a male Sloughi dog from a soldier. The rest, as they say, is history. It must be noted that there is a distinct lack of evidence for all scenarios. The stories of the Braque du Puy history has many chapters, with each 'expert' claiming that their version of how this great dog came into being is right. The Braque du Puy is a very refined looking dog which was very popular at one time and is said to be ideally suited to work in the marshy region located on France's western coast. The Braque du Puy was well known to French sportsmen, but it never really gained the popularity as other members of the Braque family did - perhaps it was because the breed did not possess the keenness of their nose compared to other breeds. As well, the war impacted this breed as it did so many of the larger breeds. 

Braque du Puy Breed Appearance

The Braque du Puy has a thin athletic build with slender legs and a long, straight tail. Attractive and appealing, their coat is short and very easy to care for, and the coat is white with markings of tan or liver colors on the fur. Their head is fine and chiseled, with a long pointed muzzle, scissor bite, and a black nose with wide nostrils. The top of the head is flat in shape, while their ears are medium in length and floppy at the sides of the head. While not as adept as say, a Bloodhound in following a trail, they are a very useful dog for the hunter in tracking down the prey. Described as 'elegant' in shape, these dogs have the build of an athlete which enables them to track for hours on end. Their eyes are round and dark brown or amber. These dogs have a strong hunting instinct so shouldn't be trusted alone with smaller pets. While they have no malice, the strong breed instinct to hunt and dispatch is still there, waiting for the opportunity to chase. Their build enables them to travel with agility.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Braque du Puy eyes
Brown
amber Braque du Puy eyes
Amber
Nose Color Possibilities
black Braque du Puy nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
fawn Braque du Puy coat
Fawn
brown Braque du Puy coat
Brown
white Braque du Puy coat
White
pied Braque du Puy coat
Pied
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Braque du Puy straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Braque du Puy Breed Maintenance

The Braque du Puy is very low maintenance, with a coat that is short and close to the body. A quick brush and rub down is all that is required in the way of coat maintenance, which appeals to many owners. They are known to have foot issues, with infection of the toenails being a common complaint. Best practice is to carry out a regular foot inspection and treat any infection immediately. Cleaning the feet after they have been out in the country or on a walk or hunt will help to avoid this health issue. It is also advisable to check their ears as floppy ears provide an excellent habitat for parasites or infection to take hold. Be gentle when checking the ear, and if cleaning, use a soft damp cloth with a special solution; you can get this from your pet health care expert to gently clean the area. Dry afterwards with a soft cloth. Dogs have the same issues that we do with teeth, so training your dog from an early age to accept teeth cleaning each week is a great help towards maintaining oral hygiene.

Brushes for Braque du Puy
Slicker Brush
Deshedder
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Braque du Puy requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Braque du Puy Temperament

A refined looking dog, the Braque du Puy has a personality to match. Calm, gentle, and very devoted to its owners, this dog is a favorite not only as a hunting dog, but also as a family pet. They are good with people of all ages, including children. Affectionate and loyal, they become part of the family. While they are very refined and attractive dogs, it is important to remember that they have been bred to hunt, so it is best to supervise them with other small animals. While they don't show aggression as such, the thrill of the chase is embedded deep within their personality so don't leave them alone with small critters. They are quick to learn and accept training well, but need a firm but kind hand to overcome their slightly stubborn nature. The Braque du Puy is good at listening to commands and paying attention to their owner. Known to be strong and healthy, as well as adaptable to both home and work environments, this now rare dog is a treasure in itself.

Braque du Puy Activity Requirements

Because of their breeding, the Braque du Puy needs a good area to run around in if you are lucky enough to have this rare dog as a pet. Bred to hunt, this dog has energy that it needs to burn off so they will enjoy a good long walk. Ideally, twice a day is the minimum but once will suffice if exercised thoroughly. They are energetic and will love to play with the children, having a mild nature and gentle way with any little ones. Ball games, hide and seek, and any chasing games will be fun for this dog. Keep other pets out of the way just in case the excitement causes the Braque du Puy to allow innate instinct to kick in, chasing after the other pets. They respond well to training, being eager to please their owners they pick up new lessons quickly. While not a water dog, they may splash around with the family at the beach. A good all round dog, the Braque du Puy is a dog breed that deserves resurrection and saving.

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

Braque du Puy Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Braque du Puy Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Braque du Puy size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Braque du Puy size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 14 lbs
12 Months
Male Braque du Puy size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 30 lbs
Female Braque du Puy size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 29 lbs
18 Months
Male Braque du Puy size stats at 18 months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 47 lbs
Female Braque du Puy size stats at 18 months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 45 lbs

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