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Braque D'Auvergne

 

FCI Classification: Group VII Pointing Dogs

Section 1.1 Continental Pointing Dogs/Type "Braque"

Country of origin: France

Weight: 21-28 kg

Height: Males 57-63 cm / Females 53-59 cm

Lifetime: 12-15 years

Litter size: 4-10 puppies

 

The Braque d’Auvergne is a very old breed of pointer that is descended from the historic Auvergne province in the mid-south of France prior to the beginning of the XVIII century. The Braque name is derived from the French word "braquer" meaning to "aim " or  "point". Local Auvergne region hunters developed this breed in order to have a strong and tireless hunting dog that could hunt in the forests and mountains of the region, specifically to locate, point at, flush and retrieve birds. 

The Second World War almost drove this breed to extinction. Fortunately some dogs survived and the Braque d’Auvergne was restored from these remaining specimens. Careful breeding gradually increased the breed population over time. Despite its local popularity the Braque d'Auvergne still remains barely known outside France. 

 

   General appearance

The Braque d’Auvergne is a short-haired hunting dog, medium-sized, beautifully proportioned, robust and strongly built without heaviness. 

  Temperament

Very affectionate, intelligent, agile and obedient dog with a particularly well-developed sense of smell. It is quick learning and easily trained. The Braque d'Auvergne is a human oriented breed, thus the relationship with the owner is a very close and strong.

     Movement

Moving with a light and elegant gait.  

     Coat

Coat is short and shiny, not too fine, never hard.

     Color 

White with black ticking (roaning) or dark gray (charbonne). The head is black with a preferably white blaze on the muzzle extending to the skull. The ears are black.

     Head and skull

The head is long, in proportion to the size of the dog, and characteristically somewhat lighter in females than in males. Viewed from above, the skull is oval in shape. Nose is black.

     Muzzle and jaw

Length of the muzzle close to that of the skull or slightly shorter. Jaws are sturdy, of equal length. Teeth are strong. Scissors bite or level bite.

    Eyes and ears

Eyes are relatively large, oval, of dark hazel color, well pigmented eyelid does not allow the conjunctiva to be seen. Ears are set low, turned slightly inwards, rounded at the tip, supple and slightly satiny.

     Neck

 Long and slightly arched, approximately the same length as the head. Presence of a slight dewlap. 

    Body and top line 

Straight and taut top-line, well defined withers. Back is straight, flat and short. Loin is broad (especially in females), well coupled and very slightly arched. Oblique croup.

   Rump 

Upper thighs are well muscled. Hindquarters are well angled. Hocks are lean and well defined. 

    Tail

Cylindrical and strong at the base. It should be carried horizontally or nearly horizontally. Docked tail has a length of 15 to 20 cm. Undocked, it reaches the point of the hocks without going further.

    Paws 

A little longer than what’s called a "cat foot" and a little shorter than a "hare foot". Turned neither inward nor outward. The pads are hard and resistant. The nails are strong and short.

 

FCI-Standard N°180 / 02.04.2004 can be found here.