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The Braque du Bourbonnais, a very old French dog breed

France is rich in multiple dog breeds. Some are less known than others. This is the case of the Braque du Bourbonnais. This very old breed is appreciated by hunters for its pleasant company. It is also an outstanding family dog. 

Characteristics of the Braque du Bourbonnais


The Braque du Bourbonnais has a powerful and strong style, without compromising on nobility. Despite its rustic appearance, it exudes a beautiful elegance. This medium-sized dog measures between 48 and 55 cm if it is a female and between 51 and 57 cm for males. The weight oscillates between 16 and 25 kg according to the age and the sex. The Braque du Bourbonnais has a medium-sized pear-shaped head with a large nose, a slightly accentuated stop and a pronounced, broad muzzle, which is a characteristic of all Braccoid dogs. The animal displays large round eyes with hazel to dark amber notes and makes dog lovers fall in love with its soft and expressive look. The ears have a length joining the level of the eyes. They are wide at their attachment and fall to the cheeks. The dog is also distinguished by its dense and short hair. The coat is white, but is spotted with fawn or brown.

History of the Braque du Bourbonnais breed


The first mentions of the Braque du Bourbonnais date back to the Renaissance in the book entitled "Natural History" written by Ulisse Aldrovandi. It is described as a robust dog and an outstanding hunter with a white spotted coat. The breed is said to have originated in the historical region of Bourbon in the Allier region of France. It did not know only happy days, because it almost disappeared during the First World War. Some breeders have indeed proceeded to selections based on purely aesthetic criteria to the benefit of working abilities. In the end, the animal lost its interest among hunters. Fortunately, 40 years later, new breeding programs have focused on quality, which has allowed the Braque du Bourbonnais to regain its letters of nobility.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Braque du Bourbonnais


Accurate and able to evolve on different terrains, the Braque du Bourbonnais is appreciated for its intelligence and passion. It is versatile and can hunt all kinds of game thanks to its ability to adapt. At home, it is an animal full of tenderness and gentleness. It is a quiet and balanced companion especially with children who must learn to respect its needs. He is afraid of solitude and prefers the constant presence of his humans. Long daily walks are one of the conditions that will allow the Braque du Bourbonnais to live in an apartment. Due to its origins as a hunting dog, regular physical activity is a must.

Diet and main health problems of the Braque du Bourbonnais


The Braque du Bourbonnais has no specific health problems. It is robust and is appreciated for this quality. However, specialized breeders advise to watch out for dermatological problems such as vitiligo, demodectic mange or epidermolysis bullosa.