Basics of Dog Breed : Braque du Bourbonnais

Posted on September 29 2018

Basics of Dog Breed : Braque du Bourbonnais

Breed Information:

Origin:  France
FCI Group: Stop dogs
FCI number: 179
Hair type: Short
Shape of the head: Long

Race history

The Braque du Bourbonnais breed is hardy and old . Originally from the historic region of Bourbo n (extending approximately to the current department of the Allier), this dog is mentioned at the end of the 16th century in reference works, such as "Histoire Naturelle", written by the Bernese naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi in 1598.

The  Braque du Bourbonnais was on the verge of extinction after the 1930s, when drastic selections were made to obtain only puppies naturally anurous (without tail). But 4 decades later, many breeders have worked to save the breed by producing quality litters. The Braque du Bourbonnais breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on June 29, 1955.

Physical characteristics

The  Braque du Bourbonnais  is a medium-sized, short-haired, braccooid-style retriever. It gives off an impression of strength and elegance. 

His hair:  very short, thin, dense, especially on the head and ears. Slightly thicker on the back. 
Its color:  white variegation very present, speckled with brown or troutée of fawn. 
His head:  called "pear", well proportioned to the body. The stop is moderately marked, the truffle broad, the muzzle strong and wide at its base, tapering towards the end. 
His ears:  attached to the level of the eye. Wide at their base, moderately long, drooping flat. 
Their eyes : large, rounded, hazel to dark amber (depending on the color of the dress), expressing an expressive, intelligent and gentle look. 
His body:  medioline, stocky. The top line is straight, the tourniquet well marked and the back firm and muscular. 
Its tail:  quite low attachment, absent at birth in some dogs.

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 16 kg and 22 kg Between 48 cm and 55 cm
Male Between 18 kg and 25 kg Between 51 cm and 57 cm

A Braque du Bourbonnais dog is classified as a medium-sized dog .

Behavior and character

The Braque du Bourbonnais has all the qualities of the versatile dog stop . He is able to evolve on a variety of terrains and work on different types of game with remarkable determination and precision . Passionate and intelligent , he is very popular on the hunt. He is also at home, with his family, Braque du Bourbonnais is very gentle and tender . He is a good companion for all his family, especially children, and gets along pretty well with his peers and other animals he meets daily.

Education ...
The education of Braque du Bourbonnais must be firm and gentle at the same time . It consists mainly of developing one's hunter qualities, while emphasizing obedience and recall.


The Braque du Bourbonnais is a rustic and robust dog, enjoying a fairly solid health . However, there are some predispositions to dermatological diseases in this breed : epidermolysis bullosa, demodecium scab and vitiligo. 

Maintenance & Hygiene


Due to its very short hair, the Braque du Bourbonnais asks for very little talk about his dress . Being called to evolve in the middle of the vegetation and humic zones, the inside of its ears is to be watched in a regular way.

Outings ...
Braque du Bourbonnais needs a lot of exercise for its physical and psychic balance . Being a hunting dog, he must be able to benefit from frequent activities and can not therefore be satisfied with short walks only allowing him to do his needs. He needs long daily trips, especially if he lives in the city.

Hygiene ...
It is recommended to brush the dog once a week to preserve the cleanliness of his hair and the health of his skin. His ears are to be examined after each outing and cleaned regularly.

Living conditions

Braque du Bourbonnais is happier in the country than in town. If he is called to live in an urban environment, he needs enough activity to breathe and express his natural hunter skills.

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 600 € 800 €

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