The Braque du Bourbonnais is an ancient breed dating back to the 15th century in the province of Bourbonnais which was a part of France. The Braque du Bourbonnais became popular in the 1800s among French hunters. This breed is distinctive because they are tailless and have fawn and liver ticking. The Braque du Bourbonnais has begun to gain fame in North America with a handful of breeders in the United States working diligently to increase the awareness of the breed. These dogs are affectionate towards their family but will be more aloof towards people they do not know. The Braque du Bourbonnais is a high energy dog and does require a lot of exercise for them to be a well-adapted member of the family.
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The Braque du Bourbonnais has fallen out of favor in France and there are not many litters being produced in France; however, they are gaining popularity in North America. Rufnit Kennels, LLC located in Nebraska has the philosophy that they are striving to produce outstanding companions both in and out of the field. One such Braque du Bourbonnais that was bred by Rufnit Kennels, LLC is Taurus or more formally known as Champion Rufnit Taurus. On July 1, 2012, Taurus was entered in a United Kennel Club (UKC) multi-breed conformation dog show in Le Center, Minnesota. Under Judge Carlos Rodriguez, Taurus won best male, best of winners and best of breed. He then competed in the Gun Dog Group and earned a group 1 placement. Taurus then made his breeders proud by winning best in multi-breed show. On September 8, 2012, Taurus was shown under Jude Marian Campbell in Bemidji, Minnesota and won a reserve best in multi-breed show. That same day, Taurus was shown in a second show under Judge Deb Orwin and he won a Gun Dog Group 3rd. Taurus continued his winning streak in 2013 and 2014 in multiple states, earning group placements and wins. Taurus retired from the conformation ring a winner and went on to perform in the fields and earn more accolades.
Shari Stueck, the owner of Rufnit Kennels, LLC, works hard to produce Braque du Bourbonnais just like Taurus. She started her kennel in 1978 and is licensed by the state of Nebraska. Stueck keeps her Braque du Bourbonnais close to her and they all share her home with her. It makes for a rather chaotic home, but one full of happiness and love. Stueck originally bred Labrador Retrievers and Cocker Spaniels for American Kennel Club (AKC) field and obedience trials. In 1993, Stueck was on an upland hunt and was introduced to the Braque du Bourbonnais. She then purchased her first Braque du Bourbonnais, named Maggie. Maggie was registered with the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) and she also completed several field trials with the NAVHDA. Rufnit Kennels, LLC was given the prestigious Natural Ability Breeder Award that was presented by the NAVHDA. This award validated Stueck’s work with the Braque du Bourbonnais and she is still striving to produce dogs with a true natural ability for hunting. Rufnit Kennels, LLC produced the youngest Braque du Bourbonnais to receive awards at a NAVHDA Natural Ability event. The dog was only five months old. The same dog was able to pass the NAVHDA’s Utility Preparatory Test at 11 months old and the Utility Test at only 19 months old.
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Even though the Braque du Bourbonnais is gaining popularity in the United States, you may still have a difficult time finding a reputable breeder that has puppies available. Once you have found a puppy and bring them home, it will be time for the family to start deciding on a name for their new bundle of joy. Since the Braque du Bourbonnais hails from France originally, many people look for names that have French origins. Do not feel that you absolutely have to pick a name with French beginning. There are numerous names out there with various origins that will fit your new Braque du Bourbonnais puppy. If you do want to pick a truly French name, you can always choose places in France such as Bastille, Eiffel, or Paris. Then there are names that can come from French words such as Noir, Merci, Franc, Beau, or Belle. Jacques, Toulouse, Pascal, and Esme are traditional French names. The Braque du Bourbonnais is a hunting breed so you may want to consider names that have strong meanings such as Andre, meaning a male warrior, Henri, meaning rules his household, or Cosette, meaning victory in war. No matter what name you decide for your new puppy, make sure you have plenty of time with them. The Braque du Bourbonnais is a high energy breed that will require a good amount of your attention.