The Braque du Bourbonnais (pronounced brock-do-bor-bon-NAY) is a rare pointing dog breed that originates from the Bourbonnais region of France. This ancient breed of dog has many names: Bourbonnais Pointer, Bourbonnais Pointing Dog, French Pointing Dog, French Pointer, Braques Francaises, and the Braque Bourbonnais. At one time, this breed almost became extinct due to its very strict breed standard which many breeders and gundog kennels couldn’t sustain. After 10 years had passed with no registered Braque du Bourbonnais puppies registered, the breed standard was relaxed and many reputable breeders and gundog kennels began to show a significant interest in this rustic pointing breed. Historically, the Bourbonnais Pointer was used by French royalty for hunting, and it is one of the oldest pointing dog breeds in existence.
Braque du Bourbonnais Puppies
The French Pointer only has two distinct coat colors & patterns: white with (liver) chestnut ticking/ticked patches, or white with fawn ticking/ticked patches. Typically, their puppies are born completely white and the ticked markings & colors start showing within the first few weeks. So even after a litter is born, there are still surprises waiting. The Braque du Bourbonnais is a medium-sized dog, standing between 19 and 22.5 inches tall at the shoulder, with the male generally being the taller of the genders. The breed has a short, dense coat that does not require extensive grooming. The Bourbonnais Pointer is an intelligent and eager-to-please breed, making them an excellent choice for families with children. They are active dogs, and need plenty of exercise to stay healthy and happy. The breed is recognized by NAVHDA, AKC, FCI, UKC, and other reputable organizations. We register our French Pointing Dogs with NAVHDA (North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association). While this breed does not have a lot of genetic health issues, it is important that we continue to perform OFA and genetic health testing, for the betterment of the breed and the health and longevity of their offspring.