(Bourbonnais Pointer, Bourbonnais Pointing Dog) The Braque du Bourbonnais is a pointing dog with a medium-sized stature and a muscular, elegant physique. The breed’s withers are prominent and strong, and their loins are slightly convex. Their body is short, compact, stout, and broad and their chest is long, deep, and broad. The chest reaches to a level that is slightly below the elbow and their ribs are well-sprung and rounded. Their flat flanks are slightly raised towards the back and their muscular necks are properly set into their shoulders. The head of the Braque du Bourbonnais is rounded in every direction and the stop is slightly marked. Their noses correlate with the color of their coat and the strong, wide, tapered muzzle is cone-shaped. Their large eyes are hazel or dark amber in color and their ears are set at the level of their eyes. The Braque du Bourbonnais has a fine, short-haired coat that is coarser and perhaps a bit longer on the back. The coat is either liver or fawn with considerable spotting and ticking.
The Braque du Bourbonnais is calm, affectionate, and makes a wonderful family pet. They are even-tempered and love to associate with people. They are unhappy if they are left unattended or are isolated from the family. They almost always get along well with other dogs, and they are easily and quickly trained. The Braque du Bourbonnais is intelligent and cooperative, and he is extremely agreeable if he is properly exercised. While hunting, the Braque du Bourbonnais is passionate, cautious, and has an amazing ability to adapt to various terrains and types of game.
The Braque du Bourbonnais is a comparatively healthy breed. Like other large dog breeds, the Braque du Bourbonnais is susceptible to hip dysplasia. Less prominent health concerns include entropion or ectropion eyes and pulmonic stenosis of the heart. Typically this breed lives for 13 to 15 years.
The Braque du Bourbonnais originated in the province of Bourbonnais, in France. The Braque du Bourbonnais is dated back to 1598. For many years, breeders wished for a shorter-tailed version of the Braque du Bourbonnais. This resulted in a smaller gene pool and a decline in the breed’s population. No registrations of this breed were made between 1963 and 1973 for this reason. Finally, in 1970, a team of breeders helped the survival of the Braque du Bourbonnais. Because of their devotion and efforts involving careful and effective selection, they succeeded in reviving the breed.
After World War II, the number of births decreased and the club became less active until it ceased to function. From 1963 to 1973, there were no dogs registered in the LOF (French studbook). The reason for this is probably a selection on secondary characteristics (color of the coat, sort tail) instead of the hunting capabilities and general construction of the dog; this led to have a Bourbonnais less suitable for hunting than other breeds. The breed was re-created when a breeder and judge, named Michel Comte, decided to look for the last dog that had some Bourbonnais blood. He found only mixed breed dogs, which had some characteristics of the Braque du Bourbonnais (size, shape of the head, short tail). After some more or less inbred litters, he registered his first Bourbonnais in the french studbook in 1973, 1974, and 1975; from then, several breeders joined him, who, from those dogs, created their own lines, and the number of births increased. Every Bourbonnais living today comes from those dogs.
The Braque du Bourbonnais has a dense, short-haired coat that is easy to groom and take care of. They shed minimally and don’t require much washing, grooming, or brushing. As with all dog breeds, their ears and coats should be cleaned as necessary and their nails should be kept trimmed.
The Braque du Bourbonnais needs plenty of daily exercise and prefers an active outdoor life. If left unattended, the Bourbonnais can become lonely, depressed, or destructive. This breed isn’t recommended for a very small household or apartment, and they are happiest with a large yard and a hunting-oriented family. Rather than keeping the Braque du Bourbonnais in a kennel, they should reside in the home with their family and owner.
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