Boubonnais Pointing Dog

The Bourbonnais Braque originated in France where it was bred as a versatile hunting dog. One of the distinguishing characteristics of the breed is its pear-shaped head, with drooping ears and expressive oval-shaped eyes.

General details

Dogs of the breed are medium-sized and have an agile and elegant appearance. The weight ranges between 16 and 24 kilograms, while the height varies between 51 and 57 centimeters in males, and between 48 and 55 centimeters in females. The life expectancy of this breed is 10 to 12 years. They belong to Group 7 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes pointers.

Breed history in brief

The origin of the Bourbonnais Braque dates back to the 16th century in the region of Bourbonnais (France), where it was bred as a hunting dog. After World War II, the number of dogs was greatly reduced. At that time, the dogs were not selected for their hunting abilities or general structure, but for secondary physical traits, which caused the breed to cease to be selected for hunting. Fortunately, in 1970 some breeders focused on bringing back the original Bourbon Braque and, thanks to their efforts, the breed's population has increased considerably. Today, the Bourbon Hound is recognized as a versatile hunting dog breed, but is also prized for its gentle and affectionate nature, which makes it an excellent family companion. The countries with the largest populations of this breed are France and the United States.

Breed characteristics

The Bourbon Braque is a well-proportioned and muscular dog. The head is pear-shaped, with a muzzle that tapers slightly towards the nose. The eyes are large, round and amber or hazel in color depending on the coat color, while the ears are long and fall close to the cheeks, positioned horizontally or slightly bent. Dogs may be born tailless, otherwise the tail is usually docked at the base. The coat is fine, short and dense. On the back it is thicker and sometimes longer, while on the head and ears it is thinner and shorter. Regarding coloration, its white coat is finely mottled with brown or fawn. The breed requires minimal grooming and care, including occasional baths and weekly brushings. The Bourbon Braque is a friendly and affectionate breed that establishes close bonds with its family. While exercising their hunting duties, they show passion and intelligence, two qualities that allow them to adapt to the terrain and different varieties of game. They are also energetic and require regular exercise and mental stimulation. They are versatile and loyal dogs, making them a great choice for families with an active lifestyle.

Common health problems

The information on the most common diseases in the Bourbon Braque breed is very limited. Even so, it is likely to be predisposed to some of the most common disorders in dogs such as hip or elbow dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy, volvulus-gastric dilatation, arthritis, ectropion and entropion.

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