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Auvergne Pointing Dog

Auvergne Pointing Dog
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Origin / History The Auvergne Pointing Dog has been in existence for over two centuries already in the Cantal region of France. The exact origin of this breed is unknown, although there are many theories as to how it reached France. Some suggest that dogs of this breed were developed in the Cantal region and are descendants of the French pointer, while other theories state that these dogs were brought to Auvergne by knights in Malta. The latter theory is the more accepted one.

During the time of the Napoleonic wars, Napoleon occupied Malta and sent the Knights of Malta home to France. These knights arrived in France in 1798, bringing with them dogs from Malta. Those dogs became the ancestors of the Auvergne Pointing Dog. The dogs brought by the knights were bred with local dogs to produce the Auvergne Pointing Dog. At some point, the English Pointer was mixed in to develop the breed. The first breed standard was written during the early 20th century.

During the Second World War, the number of Auvergne Pointing Dogs greatly diminished, and these dogs nearly became extinct. Fortunately, these dogs didn't die out completely. For many years, these dogs were bred carefully to increase their number. Although there are more Auvergne Pointing Dogs now, they are still considered rare and are almost never seen outside of France.

Appearance Auvergne Pointing Dogs have a long head and a long muzzle. They have a black nose, and their eyes are relatively large, oval-shaped, and are dark hazel in colour. Their ears have rounded tips and are set to the rear of the skull. They have a slightly arched, long neck, and a tail that is carried horizontally and set high. These dogs have strong and long forelegs, and well-muscled thighs.

Colours These dogs are usually black with white markings. It's preferable for dogs of this breed to have a black head with a white blaze on the muzzle that extends to the skull.

Temperament The Auvergne Ponting Dog is hardy and energetic, and does very well when working in the field. When at home, these dogs are affectionate and docile, making them lovable family pets. These dogs can be very friendly and they get along well with children and other pets when raised with them from puppyhood. Dogs of this breed are dependent on people, so owners must make sure that they give their Auvergne Pointing Dogs enough attention.

Height and Weight These dogs have a height that ranges from 20 to 24 inches. They weigh around 45 to 65 pounds.

Common Health Problems Auvergne Pointing Dogs are fairly healthy, although they may be prone to hip dysplasia and ear infections.

Living Conditions Dogs of this breed can be kept inside apartments just as long as they are given sufficient exercise. These dogs can also adapt well to city life.

Exercise Requirements Auvergne Pointing Dogs need to be taken out for long walks daily. It would also be good for them to run around and play with their owners. These dogs also perform well in games or tasks that require agility.

Training Requirements These dogs are quick to learn and easy to train, although they can become stubborn at times. Owners should train their dogs using kind but firm methods. It would also be good for these dogs to undergo obedience training. When trained properly, these dogs can even do very well in obedience competitions.

Life Expectancy Auvergne Pointing Dogs are expected to live for around 12 to 13 years.

Grooming The short coat of these dogs require only little grooming. Owners just need to brush the coat of these dogs occasionally. Bathing these dogs should be done only when necessary.

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