BRAQUE DU BOURBONNAIS
Life span: 13-15 Years
Height: 50-58cm (Male); 47-56cm (Female)
Weight: 18-25kg (Male); 16-22kg (Female)
Braque Du Bourbonnais is a dog breed which has a rustic appearance. They are born with a short trail and have a ticked coat. Bourbonnais dogs are calm, affectionate, kind and agreeable pets. They originated from France and do not shed regularly. Hence you must wash them once in two weeks.
This breed has a strong but not especially muscly body with flexible skin that remains tough throughout the whole body. Its ears are long and fall down, with a naturally short tail. Their eyes can be hazel or light brown, with a black, brown or isabelline nose. Its coat is short, dense and rough to the touch, thinning around the head and ears. Coat colors are usually white with either brown or light brown, with ticking on the white areas.
The Braque du Bourbonnais has history dating back to 1598, where it was featured in French art and literature from that time. Due to its long history, its exact lineage is unknown, but experts believe its ancestors include the Braque Francais, which was most likely crossbred with native Bourbonnais hunting dogs. It became highly popular until World War I, where it began to lose popularity until it was almost extinct, by the end of World War II. Due to this, the Federation Cynologique Internationale decided to remove it from its official breeds. The breed was then saved by a French hunter in 1970 along with other breeders. However, there were no Braque du Bourbonnais purebreds anymore, and so they used mixes to revive the breed. Its club was formed in 1982 by Michael Comte along with other breeders, leading to its acceptance back into the Society Central Canine, the FCI’s French Affiliate, in 1985 and to its registration into the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service in 2011.
Its hunting instinct is strong, leading to it being able to withstand any terrain and being devoted to catching its prey. Within the household, however, it is calm tempered, quiet and affectionate. It gets along with other dogs and enjoys playing with children, although when untrained, it might be too much to handle for young kids. They tend to get along well with strangers as well, but not with small animals, as it will most likely chase them. Due to it being a working gun dog, this breed tends to want to constantly be with its family, and if left alone for long it might suffer from separation anxiety and become noisy.
The Braque du Bourbonnais tends to be a healthy breed, but can suffer from:
Ear Infections, which can be prevented by constant cleaning of any debris or excess wax.
Ectropion, a rolling out of the eyelid that exposes the eye to infections and can be corrected through surgery.
Entropion, which affects both lower eyelids, is an inward rolling of the eyelid and is treated through various surgeries to prevent ectropion (a rolling out of the eyelid).
Hip dysplasia, a hereditary disease in which there is an abnormal formation in the hip socket, that may eventually cause painful arthritis. It may also be affected by the environment they reside in.
Pulmonic Stenosis, in which the pulmonary outflow tract narrows, blocking the blood flow during systole from the right ventricle into the pulmonary artery and it is usually not noticed until adulthood.
Their short coat should be brushed and it should be bathed occasionally. Its ears should be checked regularly for any dirt to prevent infections, as well as having its nails trimmed and teeth brushed. They need daily exercise, whether it is indoors playing with a ball, running in a fenced yard, or running outside with their owners. Training is relatively easy, as it tends to want to please its owner. Many say the Braque du Bourbonnais has a talent for knowing its owner’s mood and act accordingly, and will always try to make eye contact with them. Early socialization is a must for this breed.