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Braque D'Auvergne

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Braque D'Auvergne

The Auvergne is a big, tough hunting dog built for the Auvergne mountainous areas. The head is long, in proportion to the size of the dog. The stop is moderate but defined. The muzzle is the same length as the skull. The upper lips overlap the lower, forming a square end to the muzzle. The teeth meet in either a scissors or level bite. The eyes are fairly large and set rather deep. They are oval in shape and are dark hazel with no apparent white showing. The black and shiny nose is large and broad with well opened nostrils. The neck is long and is slightly arched with a slight dewlap. The chest is deep rather than wide. The oval feet have deep, hard pads and tightly knit toes. The tail is strong at the base, set high and is carried horizontally. If docked, it should be 6 to 8 inches. If natural, it should reach to the hock joint but not further. The unique coat of this breed is short and shiny. The head and ears are preferably black with a white blaze. The coat can be white with black spots, but the roaning is much preferred. The heavy roaning is called charbonnee (charcoaled).

Temperament The Braque D'Auvergne is kind, intelligent and tractable. It has natural hunting instincts and a keen sense of smell. He is lively, sensitive, obedient and affectionate. This energetic breed is free-spirited and is well suited to family life.
Height, Weight Male Height: 22-25" ; Weight: 44-65 lbs.
Female Height: 21-23" ; Weight: 44-65 lbs.
Health Problems Health concerns with this breed include hip dysplasia and bloat. Bloat is a major health issue with most dogs, second only to cancer as the largest killer of dogs. This breed is particularly susceptible because of their deep chests.
Living Conditions The Auvergne is not made for city living. They need lots of space to run and hunt in a rural or suburban home.
Exercise This breed needs lots of daily exercise as well as a job to do.
Life Expectancy About 12-13 years
Grooming Regular brushing is required.
Origin The Braque D'Auvergne or Auvergne Pointer was developed in France by hunters who wanted a strong dog that could hunt tirelessly. It is a breed of ancient origins and has been known for over two centuries in the Cantal region of France. They are recognized by the FCI and the UKC.
Group Gun Dog