BRAQUE FRANCAIS PYRENEAN
Life span: 12-15 Years
Height: 58-69cm (Male); 56-68cm (Female)
Weight: 11-25 kg
Braque Francais Pyrenean belongs to hunting dog breeds which are one of the old gun dogs. These dog breeds are gentle, affectionate, friendly, sociable and loyal for pet parents. Pyrenean dogs have a thick coat, and they shed a quite minimum. They belong to hound type breeds.
The Braque Francais Pyrenean has a lean but strong body with tight skin. Its ears are medium length and flop down, with a naturally short tail that remains straight. Its eyes are brown with an equally brown nose. Its coat is short, thin and smooth to the touch. The coat can be either white with chocolate brown, or completely brown. When it is white with brown, it normally has ticking on the white areas.
Originally named “Braque Francais” only, this breed has history as far back as the 15th century. It was considered to be the same breed as the Braque Francais Gascogne until the 19th century, where it became its own breed and its name was also changed into the Braque Francais Pyrenean. These dogs were located in southwest France and the Pyrenees Mountains, bred to be agile hunters in these rough terrains. Even now, they are mostly located in France. It is believed that their ancestors include the Southern Hound and the Old Spanish Pointer. The breed was first accepted into the Canadian Kennel Club and the North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association, and later on by the United Kennel Club, in which it is registered as the Braque Francais De Petite Taille. In 2006, it was registered into the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service.
This breed is mostly used for hunting purposes, but can be a gentle and loving home companion. They love playing with children and will get along with other dogs just fine, never being aggressive. However, due to its hunting instinct, it might chase small animals. They enjoy spending time with their families, and if left alone for too long it might develop destructive behavior and become especially noisy. They are highly intelligent and active dogs who need plenty of mental and physical stimulation.
The Braque Francais Pyrenean has no known breed specific health conditions.
Its short coat requires only weekly brushing and an occasional bath. Its ears need to be regularly checked for any dirt to prevent infections, as well as its nails trimmed and teeth brushed. They need daily exercise or they might develop destructive behavior, when taken to exercise outside they need to always be on a leash, and the yard must be fenced. Training can be easy, as it is highly intelligent and aims to please its owners. Early socialization is a must with this breed.