Brittany Bourbonnais

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France, United Kingdom
Brittany Spaniel
Braque du Bourbonnais
The Brittany Bourbonnais is a hybrid mix between the quiet Brittany and the Braque du Bourbonnais. Not much is known on this hybrid, and it has no detailed history outside of its parent breeds. Both parents are athletic, medium sized hunting companions with similar structures, though the Braque du Bourbonnais is a larger breed. Both parent breeds are Pointers and Retrievers and share a common trait, a natural bobbed-tail or tailless look. Today, the Brittany Bourbonnais is considered a companion and field dog but is not as popular a choice in America as it is in Europe.
Purpose
Companion, hunting
Date of Origin
2000s
Ancestry
Brittany, Braque du Bourbonnais

Brittany Bourbonnais Breed History

The Brittany Bourbonnais is hybrid of pointing dogs developed in France. Its history is unknown at this time, and the hybrid is a modern dog and not as popular in the United States as in France and the United Kingdom. The two parent breeds are similar in disposition, looks, and abilities and were most likely crossbred to produce a stronger pointer for hunting. The Brittany is a French dog akin to the Welsh Spaniel though the breed is considered Pointer and not a flusher, like Spaniels. The first record of Brittany-like dogs dates to the 1700s in paintings and tapestries. The modern-day Brittany developed in Pontou in the Brittany Province of France during the 1800s where it developed its bob-tail and tailless trait. Like so many other European breeds, the Brittany declined in popularity at the turn of the 20th century due to rising European conflicts but was imported to the Americas where the breed was recognized by the American Kennel Club in 1934. The Braque du Bourbonnais is a recent addition to the American Kennel Club having been first recognized in 2013. This breed was developed in France and is the only shorthaired Pointer of its kind. The Braque du Bourbonnais can trace its lineage to the 1500s in France and Italy and continued to develop until the early 20th century when the breed was abandoned due to rising European conflicts. The breed was nearly lost and not revived until 1970. In 1973, a dog worthy of the standard was registered and helped re-establish the breed. The Braque du Bourbonnais was brought to the United States in 1988 but remains little known today.

Brittany Bourbonnais Breed Appearance

The Brittany Bourbonnais is a hybrid of two Pointers with different coat styles. The Brittany has longer hair where the Braque du Bourbonnais has short, fine hair. Your Brittany Bourbonnais’s coat will lean more toward one parent but often the coat is short and fine like the Braque du Bourbonnais, but the Brittany Bourbonnais will have longer hair on it back. The Brittany Bourbonnais is a medium-sized lean muscled dog with well-arched feet. The head is pear-shaped and in proportion with the body. Most often, the bite is scissor but it can be level as well, and the ears on a Brittany Bourbonnais are level with the eyes and of medium length. Eyes on the Brittany Bourbonnais are large and round and harmonize with the coat color, ranging from hazel to amber.

Brittany Bourbonnais Breed Maintenance

The Brittany Bourbonnais is a low shedding mix but still, requires weekly grooming to remove any loose or dead hair. Brushing your dog is an opportunity for you to bond and develop your relationship. For all this hybrid’s independence, both parent breeds also need family interaction and don’t tolerate solitude well. Bathing should be avoided for the Brittany Bourbonnais unless necessary. The shorter coat means the skin may become irritated and natural oils might be stripped with frequent bathing. A wet, lukewarm hand towel and a brush usually clean the Brittany Bourbonnais very well and will help prevent any “doggy” odor from developing, though this mix is not known to smell.

Brittany Bourbonnais Activity Requirements

The Brittany Bourbonnais is a calm-even tempered mix that is highly affectionate with its family. Both parent breeds do well with strangers but can be cautious at first. The hybrid loves children and needs an active family to stay healthy. The Brittany Bourbonnais is a mix of two smart and faithful hunting companions and can be prey-minded. While this dog will do well with other dogs of similar size, smaller dogs and cats may excite the prey mind. Early socialization with smaller pets can help your Brittany Bourbonnais live in harmony with smaller animals. Both parent breeds are highly intelligent and very active. The Brittany Bourbonnais needs plenty of exercise to help burn off its excess energy. When it comes to training, these dogs are eager to please and train moderately easy, though their independent streaks can make some training difficult at times.

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