Braque Francais Gascogne

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40-75 lbs
20-25"
France
French Pointing Dog, Gascon French Pointer, French Pointer Gascony

The Braque Francais Gascogne has been bred to be a working dog, or more particularly, a hunting dog. It is a very mellow dog by nature, and extremely eager to please. This dog is one that has easily made the transition from working dog to family pet. They are wonderful for families with children, as this dog is one that is people oriented. The Braque Francais Gascogne is a non-dominant dog, highly intelligent and one that responds well to training. It is worth noting that although they are eager to please and very mellow, they can be sensitive to corrections during training and may become nervous, so it is advisable to use kind language and tone, and be gentle but consistent with your commands. Naturally affectionate and loving, they adore spending time with the family members. So much so that they can develop separation anxiety if left alone for long periods of time.  These dogs do best in a home with a large yard and require plenty of exercise and mental stimulation on a daily basis. Long walks through country lanes or around town are ideal for this dog, and they make good jogging companions. The Braque Francais Gascogne dog has short but dense hair that is easy to maintain. Attractive in build and nature, they make a devoted companion and excellent family dog.

Purpose
Hunting, Companion
Date of Origin
17th Century
Ancestry
Spanish Portuguese, Italian Pointing Dogs, Old Spanish Pointer, Southern Hound

Braque Francais Gascogne Health

Average Size
Male Braque Francais Gascogne size stats
Height: 22-27 inches Weight: 45-80 lbs
Female Braque Francais Gascogne size stats
Height: 20-25 inches Weight: 40-75 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
Minor Concerns
  • Eye Disease and Disorders
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Ear Infection and Inflammation
  • Bloat
Occasional Tests
  • Ear Examination
  • Regular Full Physical Examination By Veterinarian
  • Complete Ophthalmologic Examination
  • Blood Work and Serum Chemistry Tests
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging

Braque Francais Gascogne Breed History

The Braque Francais Gascogne is a hunting dog that came from the southern area of France. While the record books are not clear of their exact lineage, their ancestors probably included the Old Spanish Pointer and the now extinct Southern Hound. Although well known in France and appreciated as a hunting dog of merit, the Braque Francais Gascogne is not well known in other countries. While they are an excellent hunter, they have always had to compete against other Pointer type dogs that were better known. Rated as a medium to large dog, you would find it hard to find a more mellow, gentle dog who loves people and adores pleasing them. If they are engaged in hunting, they hunt for the master, not themselves. These dogs will retrieve the birds willingly and from all types of terrain or waterways. By the 19th century, a search was made to find the original dog as dogs had been taken from other countries and crossbred with other breeds. What they found after their search, was two distinct separate regional varieties. The Braque Francais Gascogne was one type, the other was the Braque Francais Pyrenean which is smaller than the Gascogne. To date, the two breeds are accepted by the French Kennel Club, Canadian Kennel Club, and the United Kennel Club. Many hunting clubs and minor registries also recognize these amazing dogs. The Braque Francais Gascogne has changed from their early history where only wealthy landowners would own such a large dog. They are now recognised as a wonderful dog for an active family.

Braque Francais Gascogne Breed Appearance

The Braque Francais Gascogne is a good looking dog, with a solid but well-proportioned body, deep chest, and long slender but strong legs. Their paws are rounded and well padded, protecting them from the harsh terrain where they hunt. The strong, thick neck supports a well shaped large head that is almost flat on the top, and the Braque Francais Gascogne has floppy ears that frame the face. The pointed muzzle is quite blocky, with teeth that meet in a scissors bite. The nose is a lustrous black and with wide-set nostrils. The eyes are dark brown or amber, round and very expressive. Owners often have the tail docked, but if not, it is long and straight.  Their coat is very easy to care for as the hair is short yet dense. They do shed a bit of hair but are considered average shedders. Their coloring is a chestnut brown and white pattern or a solid brown. Tall, athletic and solid in form, the Braque Francais Gascogne has a pleasing appearance.

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

Braque Francais Gascogne Breed Maintenance

The Braque Francais Gascogne is an easy dog to maintain. They love the attention that grooming brings, and will willingly stand and take whatever you want to do - whether that is brushing, bathing, cleaning their teeth or clipping their nails. These dogs just love interaction with people, and are so willing to please, that grooming will be a welcome task with them. Their short coat does shed, so a good brushing to remove the loose hair will help remove the hair from the coat. A good rub down will get rid of most dirt, so bathing often is not required. When you do bathe your dog, remember to use a special dog shampoo that is made especially for the dog's coat; use a veterinarian approved product that will protect the natural oils of the coat. Check in the ears to look for infection, the eyes to verify if there are injuries, and the coat to see if there are any cuts or abrasions to treat. Then check the toenails to ensure they are not too long (if they are, you will surely hear them 'clicking' around the home). Generally the Braque Francais Gascogne is a healthy dog that is considered low maintenance.

Brushes for Braque Francais Gascogne
Slicker Brush
Flea Comb
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Braque Francais Gascogne requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Braque Francais Gascogne Temperament

Gentle in nature and a real people pleaser, this canine loves company. Devoted and intelligent are traits that best describe the temperament of the Braque Francais Gascogne dog. A fairly active dog and born to be a worker, they require a good walk each day and as much exercise as possible. Plenty of games and engaging training will help keep this dog mentally stimulated and happy. They love people so they can adapt from working dog to family pet in the blink of an eye. The Braque Francais Gascogne is affectionate, forming strong bonds with their family members. They are not a dog that is dominant; they want to please you and can develop separation anxiety if left alone for too long. They do require plenty of training and socialising when they are puppies, which will help them to grow into a well rounded, mature dog. The Gascogne gets on well with other dogs although you may need to supervise them around smaller non-dog pets. Their instinct to chase is deeply entrenched. 

Braque Francais Gascogne Activity Requirements

Born or bred to be active, the Braque Francais Gascogne dog loves to be on the move and to be involved with family outings. This dog is one who will love to be your jogging partner or trekking buddy. They make good family pets and the more games you can involve them in, the more your dog will enjoy it. A well-fenced home yard will give your dog room to move about, but a good long walk each day would be the ideal scenario. They are very eager to please, whether it be as a hunting dog or a pet. This attribute makes them easy to train, although they can be a bit sensitive to the tone of voice, so keep the training kind and concise. The Braque Francais Gascogne is a very smart, active dog and quite distinctive in appearance. As a working dog they will work tirelessly to please you and will stay close to you during the hunt.

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

Braque Francais Gascogne Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.5 - $1.9
Monthly Cost
$39 - $52

Braque Francais Gascogne Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Braque Francais Gascogne size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 15 lbs
Female Braque Francais Gascogne size stats at six months
Height: 11 inches Weight: 14 lbs
12 Months
Male Braque Francais Gascogne size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 36 lbs
Female Braque Francais Gascogne size stats at 12 months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 34 lbs
18 Months
Male Braque Francais Gascogne size stats at 18 months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 62 lbs
Female Braque Francais Gascogne size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 57 lbs

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