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Braque du Bourbonnais

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Braque du Bourbonnais

The Braque du Bourbonnais (pronounced brock-do-bor-bon-NAY) is a medium sized, short-haired pointing dog. The skull is round and the muzzle is strong and broad at its base, tapering slightly towards the tip. The broad nose has well-opened nostrils. The upper lip covers the lower lip without forming too much of a fold. The teeth meet in a scissor bite. The large eyes are rounded and come in hazel or dark amber depending on the coat color. The muzzle is not too long and the topline is straight. The chest is wide, long and deep and reaches slightly below the level of the elbow. Some in this breed are born naturally tailless, but others should have their tail docked at its base. The hair on the coat is fine, dense and short. Coat colors are white with liver, brown or orange roaning. The Bourbonnais is strongly to moderately ticked with some spotting. The same spot should not cover both eyes.

Temperament The Braque du Bourbonnais is a calm and affectionate family companion; however, when they are hunting, they are full of passion. Their intelligence allows them to easily adapt to the most varied terrains and game. This pointing breed has a remarkable ability to train easily and quickly. These people-oriented dogs are unhappy when they are isolated from their family. They typically get along well with other canines.
Height, Weight Male Height: 20-23" ; Weight: 39-55 lbs.
Female Height: 18-22" ; Weight: 35-49 lbs.
Health Problems Hip Dysplasia, Entropian Eyes, Ectropian Eyes and Pulmonic Stenosis are the most common health concerns in Braque du Bourbonnais.
Living Conditions The Bourbonnais should not live in an apartment. They do best with a large yard and with a family that hunts. They prefer to be with their family rather than in a kennel outside.
Exercise This active and outdoor breed needs lots of daily exercise which should include a long daily walk.
Life Expectancy About 13-15 years
Grooming The breed is easy to groom. Regular brushing is required. They are minimal shedders. Clean the ears, clip the nails and only bathe when necessary.
Origin The Bourbonnais Point Dog originated in the Province of Bourbonnais, France. Breeders in the 1930s wanted to impose other colors and a naturally short tail. The strict selection nearly caused the breed to become extinct. During the 1970s, a team of breeders decided to work for the survival of the Bourbonnais Point Dog. The present state of the breed gives hope of a successful future. They are recognized by the FCI, CKC, NKC, UKC and they have recently been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®.
Group Gun Dog