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The Braque d'Auvergne, a dog with a beautiful spotted coat

The Braque d'Auvergne is a purely French breed that owes its fame to its speckled coat, which distinguishes it from other Braques. Docile and intelligent, it is known to be very loyal to its masters. This pointing dog will make a great pet at home by its many qualities.

Characteristics of the Braque d'Auvergne

The Braque d'Auvergne is a large, robust and robust dog with harmonious proportions and a certain elegance. His physique gives him a lot of endurance and flexibility, which allows him to work in difficult conditions. The males can measure between 57 and 63 cm for a weight of 26 to 30 kg while the females are between 53 and 59 cm and weigh between 17 and 25 kg. This dog has a long head with a slightly accentuated stop and marked superciliary arches. The black nose is accompanied by open nostrils. The lips are strong and the jaws powerful. The Braque d'Auvergne has hazel colored eyes which are oval and of rather large dimensions. The ears placed behind have rounded tips and are flexible. This dog is distinguished by its short and bright coat giving on a black color with white stripes that can be grayed or spotted.

History of the Braque d'Auvergne breed

The Braque d'Auvergne is a purely French breed that originated in the Cantal region. Legend has it that the improvement of the breed was initiated by the Hospitallers, companions of Gerard the Hospitaller and caretakers of the Xenodochium of Jerusalem. The Braque d'Auvergne has appeared for nearly 200 years in the Auvergne region and is the result of several selections. It was used as a hunting dog. During the Second World War, the breed was close to extinction. Fortunately, the remaining specimens were crossed with Pointers, which allowed the breed to survive. The official recognition by the FCI (Fédération Cynologique Internationale) took place on June 30, 1955.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Braque d'Auvergne

Although it was developed for hunting, the Braque d'Auvergne is an excellent companion dog. It has a good character: affectionate, gentle, loyal and obedient. He gets along wonderfully with children, including the youngest. He also loves family life and remains faithful to his masters. It is a dog full of tenderness. He will be able to cohabit easily with the other dogs or animals in the house. This dog can live in an apartment or a house. On the other hand, it must go for long walks every day to keep in shape both physically and psychologically.

Diet and main problems of the Braque d'Auvergne

The Braque d'Auvergne is not a fragile dog. On the contrary, it is robust and not very prone to diseases. It is simply necessary to watch for the appearance of entropion, an anomaly of the eyelids. As far as his diet is concerned, as he is an active dog, he needs the maximum amount of energy. However, the quantity must always be in accordance with the exercises practiced and the lifestyle.