Bleu d'Auvergne, Auvergne Pointer
The Braque d'Auvergne is popular in the United States, Canada, Lebanon but very little in Europe. Even though the Auvergne region is in France and apparently the region of origin of the Braque d'Auvergne, the subjects are more popular outside the European continent than within their own territory.
Quick Overview of the Braque d'Auvergne
- Energetic and fast
- Active and enduring
- Friendly and calm
- Affectionate, he loves the entire family
- Solid, strong and robust build
- Elegant and light gait
- Short hair, not too fine and never hard
- Ears slightly turned inwards
- No particular disease
- Rarely ill
- Excellent health
- Good life expectancy
Temperament of the Braque d'Auvergne
Energetic, fast, active and enduring when hunting, he is friendly and calm with his family. Affectionate and very playful, he adores the entire family, especially the children with whom he loves to play.
A poor guardian, the Braque d'Auvergne is not aggressive and accepts all members of his family as well as newcomers. Slightly stubborn, he is however easy to train.
This magnificent specimen with his unique and particular coat adapts to all situations. He is compatible with all types of owners. He loves family and children.
He is playful, affectionate, friendly and gentle. He is not aggressive and can live very well in the company of everyone, both humans and animals. His sociability is boundless.
Obedient and easy to train, even if he is sometimes stubborn, a firm but gentle education is enough to make him an excellent dog.
He works well in all environments and can live just about anywhere. His good temperament makes him an excellent dog no matter the situation or where he lives.
Of medium size, the Braque d'Auvergne has a solid, strong and robust build.
His silhouette has a good muscular mass while remaining elegant and light without being rough.
His entire gait gives a glimpse of his agility and great muscular activity. His distinctive color gives him a strong and unique identity.
Between 57 and 63 cm (22.44 to 24.80 inches) for the male
Between 55 and 60 cm (21.65 to 23.62 inches) for the female
Between 22 and 25 kg (48.50 to 55.12 pounds) for the male
Between 22 and 25 kg (48.50 to 55.12 pounds) for the female
His coat has a white background with relatively numerous black charcoal specks.
The most sought-after specimens are those with a white background but with lots of pretty bluish black spots.
His short, not too fine hair is never hard.
His head is more of an oval shape. His large eyes, also oval shaped, are a beautiful hazelnut color. His ears are slightly inward pointing and neither flat nor curled. His nose is black. His long uncut tail, reaching almost to the hock, is carried horizontally.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 7, section 1 and is #180
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Tips About this breed
Highly recommended for hunting, this pointing dog is renowned for hunting woodcock and partridges. All working environments are suitable for him without any problem.
Created first and foremost of course for hunting, he has a very good sense of smell and can easily work effectively anywhere. He is also appreciated for his fine qualities as companion dog.
Health of the Braque d'Auvergne
The breed is in no way directly related to any particular disease. Rarely ill, subjects generally enjoy excellent health. This robust and hardy dog is also endowed with a good life expectancy.
No special maintenance is required except perhaps for his ears, which must be cleaned regularly. A good regular brushing is also strongly recommended to keep his beautiful coat healthy.
History of this breed
There are two possibilities regarding his origins. For some, the Knights Templar would be at the origin of the race. For others, he would have arrived in France in the 18th century with the return of the Knights of Malta, these knights belonging to the Catholic order named the Order of Saint John of Jerusalem which was dissolved following Napoleon's order in 1978.
In any case, the Braque d'Auvergne comes from a cross between the French Braque and various breeds, including the Pointer. As the first breeders were mostly from Auvergne, the outcome received the name of Braque d'Auvergne.
It was in 1913 that he received his first standard and the most recent one, still in force, was awarded to him in 2004.