Braque Du Bourbonnais is a balanced and cooperative gun dog. The breed originated in the Province of Bourbonnais in central France. “Braque” is a French word that means to aim or point. This is one of the most ancient pointing breed developed in France.
The breed was initially standardized in 1930. There were no registrations of these dogs during 1963 to 1973 because of strict emphasis on secondary characteristics like color requirements and sort tail rather than general construction. Later on, efforts by a group of breeders including Michel Comte helped revive this breed.
The breed standard was also relaxed. These dogs were introduced in the United States in 1988.
Certain other names for Braque Du Bourbonnais dog breed are Bourbonnais Pointing Dog, Braco del Borbonesado, Bourbonnaiser Vorstehhund, Braco de Bourbonnais, Braque de Bourbon and so on. This continental dog serves as an agreeable hunting companion.
These medium sized pointing dogs are elegant and muscular. The chest is long and deep. Nose color depends on color of the hair coat. The muzzle is tapered and cone shaped. Stop is moderately defined.
The large, expressive eyes are hazel or dark amber in color. The medium sized, hanging ears are either flat or slightly curled inwards. Braque Du Bourbonnais puppies are born with short tails. Some may also be born with no tail at all.
Color: The hair coat is either liver (faded lilac) or fawn (peach blossom) in color with considerable spotting and ticking.
Height: On an average these dogs tend to be 20 to 22.5 inches in height. Female Bourbonnais Pointers are generally 18.5 to 22 inches in height.
Weight: The ideal weight for these dogs ranges between 39.5 to 55 pounds. Bitches weigh about 35 to 48.5 pounds.
These strong and hardy dogs are fairly healthy but may be susceptible to health issues like Hip Dysplasia, Pulmonic Stenosis of the heart and eye problems such as Entropion, Ectropion etc.
Life Expectancy: The average life span of these dogs is 13 to 15 years.
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The short, dense “wash and wear” hair coat of a Braque Du Bourbonnais is easy to maintain. It needs to be brushed occasionally to maintain in perfect condition. Shedding is minimal. Other Braque Du Bourbonnais groomingactivities include trimming toenails, checking and cleaning the eyes and ears, bathing and other such tasks that should be carried out as and when necessary.
Braque Du Bourbonnais temperament is gentle, sweet, affectionate, loyal, cautious and intelligent. Nonetheless, these passionate dogs have intense pointing instincts. These hard working dogs tend to learn quickly and hence are easily trainable.
These enthusiastic dogs are playful with children. They usually get along well with other pets in the house, especially other canines. These versatile dogs thrive on human companionship. However, Braque Du Bourbonnais dogs tend to suffer from separation anxiety when left alone for a long time. They like to stay inside with the family rather than being kenneled outside.
These dogs are quite active and require a good amount of exercise on a regular basis and enjoy active outdoor life. They do best given a job to do and involved in hunting activities. In addition, they like to go for long daily walks and jogs. Lack of adequate mental and physical stimulation can give rise to destructive behaviors.
These dogs are not considered more suitable for rural or suburban settings with access to large open areas rather than sedentary apartment situation. Braque Du Bourbonnais dogs are ideal for hunting families and easily adapt to varied terrains.