What is the origin of the Braque du Bourbonnais?
The Braque du Bourbonnais is a very old breed, mentioned during the Renaissance. Numbers were dangerously low until after World War I. After World War II, births again decreased. In 1970 Michel Comte decided to recreate the breed using some dogs he found with some of the characteristics. Comte revived the breed and it began to thrive. It was introduced to the U.S. in 1988. The U.S. is the second largest breeder of the Braque du Bourbonnais after France.
What does the Braque du Bourbonnais look like?
The Braque du Bourbonnais is a medium sized breed. Males are 20-22 inches tall and weigh 39-55 lbs. Females are 19-22 inches tall and weigh 35-48 lbs. Eyes are large and colored hazel or dark amber. Ears when raised are about eye level, otherwise extend below the throat. The breed is born with either short tails or no tail. The muzzle is wide and cone-shaped. The nose is the color of the coat. The coat is short, fine and dense, It can be coarser and longer on the back. Colors are fawn or brown with ticking and/or spots. They don’t require much grooming, brush twice weekly.
What is the temperament of the Braque du Bourbonnais?
The Braque du Bourbonnais is an intelligent and well-balanced hunter, easily adapting to most terrains. As with all dogs, early training and socialization are necessary. The Bourbonnais is cooperative, easy to train and learns quickly and is eager to please. It is a loving, affectionate family companion. They crave the attention of humans and if left alone too long, can become destructive. They are good with other dogs and pets when raised together but may view other strange animals as prey. Their energy may be a bit much for young children. This breed requires vigorous exercise daily.
What is the Braque du Bourbonnais used for?
Braque du Bourbonnais is a popular hunting dog and an excellent family companion.
Possible Health Issues – entropion and ectopion of the eye, pulmonic stenosis of the heart, hip dysplasia.