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Braque du Bourbonnais

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Other name(s): Bourbonnais Pointer; Bourbonnais Pointing Dog; Bourbonnais

The basics:
As early as the late 1500s, the Braque du Bourbonnais, one of France's most famous pointers, was already highly regarded for its ability to point and flush quail.

Like many other domestic breeds in Europe, the Braque came close to extinction during the World Wars. However, it is now in the process of being revived as a fine hunting and show breed. By 1985, the Braque du Bourbonnais was recognized by the Society Centrale Canine (SCC) which is the French affiliate of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI). In 2011, the AKC began to keep records in its Foundation Stock Service, a step on the path to breed recognition in the US. Because of its rarity, it may be a choice for the expert interested in helping to establish the breed.

Appearance / health:
As a pointing dog, the Bourbonnais Pointer is typically shorthaired and muscular in build. Their medium-sized package delivers an elegant, but also hardy dog, always ready for the hunt. Typically its nose is the same color as the ticking on its coat, and it has a strong muzzle. Their eyes also differ based on the color of its ticking, and are usually either hazel or dark amber. Another typical trait is patching over the eyes, but not the same patch covering both eyes. The Bourbonnais is naturally tailless or short tailed.

The coat of the Bourbonnais is quite easily cared for with its short length and minimal shedding. As with most breeds, care of the nails and ears is recommended as needed to keep them healthy and happy. Bathing is only done as necessary.

The Braque du Bourbonnais is exceptionally energetic, and thus needs daily exercise. Without appropriate daily activity and affection from their family, they have been known to become destructive and/or depressed.

Typically healthy and hearty, the breed has only a few health concerns. They have been shown to have some hip dysplasia, entropion or ectropion eyes (inward or outward rolling of the eyelids), and pulmonary valve stenosis in the heart. These issues aren’t found frequently, but have been documented within the breed.

Behavior / temperament:
The Braque du Bourbonnais is described as affectionate, entertaining, alert, and responsive. They are wonderful pointing dogs, but also are quite happy as companions to their family. When hunting, the dogs are gentle with the birds they are returning to their hunting companions and they typically respond well to both verbal and non-verbal communication.

The breed is known to train rather easily and quickly, responding best to positive reinforcement. Harsh treatment does not work well with the Bourbonnais. They are most well suited to training in hunting, game tracking and other similar activities.

The breed isn’t overwhelmingly noisy as they only bark when necessary to alert their family to someone entering the home or other newcomers.

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