Original Name : Braque du Bourbonnais
Type : Braccoid
Male size : 20-22½ inches
Female size : 19-21½ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : France
At home this breed is gentle and affectionate, but on the hunt its passion and intelligence enable it to easily adapt to the most varied of game and terrain. These dogs naturally search for smells above the ground, displaying a practical and precise aptitude for pointing.
Round skull, viewed from all sides, rounded at the sides, well developed parietal bones and zygomatic arches.
Straight, well supported topline, well defined withers, firm, very muscular back, short, broad, muscular loins, which are well coupled to the back, a little longer in the female.
Very widespread white patching with fine brown ticking or fawn flecking in all shades.
Hanging naturally against the cheeks, flat or turned slightly.
At rest, carried below the topline. Some dogs are born without a tail.
Fine, dense and short, a little coarser and a little longer on the back.
In older texts, the Braque du Bourbonnais is described as a pleasant hunting companion, of hardy appearance and health. These white pointers are covered all over by fine brown or fawn ticking. Breeders in the 1930’s chose to impose a faded lilac coat and a naturally short tail, but these severe restrictions threatened the very survival of the breed until a group of breeders took up its cause in the 1970’s.The Bourbonnais is a shorthaired medium-sized dog of compact, muscular build that gives the impression of strength and power, not without distinction. Females are less squat and more elegant than males.
The head is often said to be an essential characteristic of a canine breed. That certainly goes for the Braque du Bourbonnais, which has a pear-shaped head. Neither too light nor too heavy, it’s in perfect proportion to the body.