Braque du Bourbonnais

Other names for the Bourbonnais setter include the following: The Bourbonnais pointer, Braque du Bourbonnais, Bourbonnais, Bourbonnais pointing dog, and Short-tailed setter. The Bourbonnais setter is a French gun dog that was first described during the Renaissance. Throughout the centuries, the breed has enjoyed waxing and waning popularity with sportsmen, and in the late 20th century, it nearly went extinct. From 1960 to 1973, no births were recorded in official studbooks. In 1970, Michael Comte and a group of other dog enthusiasts became interested in breeding Bourbonnais setters, but the only breeding animals available were mixed-breed dogs with some characteristics of the original Bourbonnais setter. Using these animals, Comte began a breeding program to recreate the breed, and he registered his first successful litter in 1973. Since that time, the breed's success in field trials has caused it to grow in popularity. Today, the breed has loyal followers in both France and the United States.

The Braque du Bourbonnais is a medium-sized pointing dog breed that originated in France. It is muscular and athletic, with a deep chest and short tail. Its head is round and it has a strong, wide muzzle born with a short tail, with a coat, short ticked with liver or fawn coloring. The Braque's ears are medium-sized, v-shaped and pendant.

These medium-sized dogs have a strong build and a short tail. The Bourbonais setter weighs between 35 and 55 pounds and is between 18 and 22 inches tall. Females are longer and less stocky than males. They also have slightly narrower muzzles. Members of the breed have short, dense coats in chestnut or fawn. Coats are moderately to strongly ticked, and the individual hairs are mixed. This often gives chestnut dogs the appearance of having lilac-colored coats and fawn dogs the appearance of having peach-colored coats. Personality: The Braque is an easygoing, affectionate dog that was born to hunt. They need daily exercise to stay happy. If they don't get to run or go for brisk walks on a daily basis they can become stubborn and independent. They make excellent family companions and thrive on human companionship, providing they get enough exercise. They are friendly towards children and other pets. They need strong leadership and consistent training.

The Bourbonnais setter is highly intelligent, persistent and cautious, the Bourbonais excels at tracking game and adapting to different terrains. If well socialized, the dog is a good companion, but the Bourbonais can become nervous and timid if early socialization and training are lacking. Like all working dogs, the Bourbonais requires a significant amount of exercise. Without sufficient exercise, the dog can become anxious and destructive.

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Life Span
12-15 years
Other Names
Bourbonnais Pointer, Bourbonnais, Bourbonnais Pointing Dog, Short-Tailed Setter, Braque du Bourbonnais

Braque du Bourbonnais Build Information

Size
Medium

The Braque du Bourbonnais is a medium-sized pointing dog breed that originated in France. It is muscular and athletic, with a deep chest and short tail. Its head is round and it has a strong, wide muzzle born with a short tail, with a coat, short ticked with liver or fawn coloring. The Braque's ears are medium-sized, v-shaped and pendant.

These medium-sized dogs have a strong build and a short tail. The Bourbonais setter weighs between 35 and 55 pounds and is between 18 and 22 inches tall.

Females are longer and less stocky than males.

They also have slightly narrower muzzles. Members of the breed have short, dense coats in chestnut or fawn. Coats are moderately to strongly ticked, and the individual hairs are mixed. This often gives chestnut dogs the appearance of having lilac-colored coats and fawn dogs the appearance of having peach-colored coats.

Behaviour and Personality

Activity Level
Kid Friendliness
Affection Level

The Braque is an easygoing, affectionate dog that was born to hunt. They need daily exercise to stay happy. If they don't get to run or go for brisk walks on a daily basis they can become stubborn and independent. They make excellent family companions and thrive on human companionship, providing they get enough exercise. They are friendly towards children and other pets.

They need strong leadership and consistent training.

The Bourbonnais setter is highly intelligent, persistent and cautious, the Bourbonais excels at tracking game and adapting to different terrains.

If well socialized, the dog is a good companion, but the Bourbonais can become nervous and timid if early socialization and training are lacking. Like all working dogs, the Bourbonais requires a significant amount of exercise. Without sufficient exercise, the dog can become anxious and destructive.

Appearance

Shedding
Little
Grooming
Low Maintenance

The Bourbonnais pointer is not a prolific shedder and requires minimal grooming. A weekly rubdown is usually sufficient to keep the coat healthy, and the dog only requires bathing if it gets dirty. The Bourbonais should also receive regular dental care to keep its teeth healthy.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Easy to train
  • The Bourbonnais setter is an excellent hunter
  • The average life expectancy of the Bourbonnais setter is between 12 and 15 years
  • Recreated in the 1970s from mixed-breed stock
  • Adaptable hunting dog and good companion
  • Requires regular exercise
  • It is a medium-sized dog with a short tail, a muscular build and a rounded head with a wide muzzle, large eyes and ears that hang against its cheeks
  • It coat is short, dense and lies flat against the body
  • The most common coat colors are fawn and liver
  • Caring for the Braque's coat doesn't require much attention, however bathing, nail clipping and ear cleaning should be done when necessary

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Common Health Conditions in Braque du Bourbonnaiss

The most common health conditions in the Braque du Bourbonnais are Hip Dysplasia, Ectropion, Entropion, and Pulmonic Stenosis.

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