French Pointing Dog Pyrenean Type

The French Braco Pyrenean type is a breed originating in France, bred as a hunting dog to point and retrieve game, especially birds. Its long, fine ears and short, dense coat with dark brown patches of different shades give it a unique and striking appearance.

General details

Dogs of the breed are of medium size and rustic appearance. Their weight ranges between 17 and 25 kilograms, while their height is between 47 and 56 centimeters. The life expectancy of this breed is 12 to 15 years, and they belong to Group 7 of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), which includes pointers.

Breed history in brief

The French Pyrenean type Braque has a long history that began in France, where it was used as a hunting dog for centuries. The first reference to the breed in French literature dates back to the 15th century. Although its exact origin remains uncertain, it is believed to have developed from the crossing of Spanish and French hunting dogs. During the 18th and 19th centuries, the breed was popular with French hunters, who valued its hunting abilities. Later, in World War I, it played an important role as a messenger and search and rescue dog. Today, the breed has become the hunting dog of choice in its native France, but has also gained some fame in Canada and the United States. In addition, it has also become a beloved and appreciated pet by many people due to its gentle and affectionate temperament.

Breed characteristics

Dogs of the French Braco Pyrenean type are muscular and well proportioned, but not heavy. The head is proportionate to the rest of the body, with a slightly rounded skull and large, dark eyes. The ears are long and hang close to the head; as well as, the tail is short and tapering. The coat is short and fine, and the coloration can be white with dark brown spots of different shades, or dark brown spotted and mottled, with or without white on the head, legs and chest. It can also have tan markings. The French Braco Pyrenean type is an intelligent, obedient and loyal dog. Dogs of this breed are very tolerant and patient with children and other dogs. They are also gentle, friendly and eager to please their owners. The breed is known for its excellent hunting ability and its energy and active, alert attitude.

Common health problems

Information on the most common diseases in the French Braque Pyrenean type is very limited. Even so, it is likely that it is predisposed to suffer from some of the most common disorders in dogs such as hip dysplasia, epilepsy, volvulus-gastric dilatation, cataracts, progressive retinal atrophy and glaucoma.

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