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Origin / History The Braque du Bourbonnais is a breed that originated in the Province of Bourbonnais, France. Dogs of this breed have been described for the first time during the Renaissance era. These dogs were in danger of becoming extinct, but their numbers grew again after the first World War because this was when the first club was created.

After the second World War, dogs of this breed decreased in number again and the club became less active until it ceased operations completely. During the period of 1963 to 1973, no dogs were registered in the French studbook, LOF.

In 1970, a man named Michel Comte looked for a dog that has some Braque du Bourbonnais blood. He found mixed breed dogs that possessed some characteristics of the Braque du Bourbonnais. These dogs had the same size, tail, and shape of head of the Braque du Bourbonnais. Several breeders joined Comte in trying to revive the breed. In 1981, the Club du Braque du Bourbonnais was recreated, and in 1988, the first Braque du Bourbonnais was brought and introduced to the United States.   

Appearance Dogs of this breed are medium-sized and muscular. Their withers are strong and prominent, and their body is compact, short, broad and stout. The chest of these dogs is broad, deep, and long. Their head is rounded and they have a slightly marked stop. Their nose has the same as their coat, and they have a wide, strong, tapered, cone-shaped muzzle. The large eyes of these dogs are dark amber or hazel in colour. They have ears that are set at eye level. The coat of these dogs is short, fine, and is longer and coarser on the back.

Colours The coat of these dogs can come in fawn or liver. These dogs may also have some ticking and spotting.

Temperament The Braque du Bourbonnais is affectionate, calm, and even-tempered. Dogs of this breed make excellent family pets. These dogs need human companionship, and they will become unhappy when left alone for long periods of time, or when they are separated from their family. These dogs get along well with other canines. As hunters, these dogs are cautious and passionate. They can also work in different types of terrains. As family pets, these dogs need to be provided with adequate exercise.

Height and Weight

Male dogs of this breed are 20 to 22.5 inches high, while females are 18.5 to 22 inches high. Males weigh 39.5 to 55 pounds, while females weigh between 35 and 48.5 pounds.

Common Health Problems This breed is fairly healthy. They can, however, get afflicted with hip dysplasia, eyelid entropion, eyelid ectropion, and their heart can have pulmonic stenosis.

Living Conditions These dogs are not suitable for apartment life. It's best for these dogs to be provided with at least a large yard where they can get adequate exercise. These dogs are people-oriented, though, and they prefer to be inside the home with their family rather than be outside in a kennel.

Exercise Requirements The Braque du Bourbonnais is a very active breed that requires much exercise. These dogs should be taken out on long walks daily. If not given adequate exercise, these dogs may become depressed or even destructive.

Training Requirements Being intelligent and cooperative, these dogs can be trained easily and quickly. Owners should, however, make sure that they spend much time with these dogs because they need the companionship of their family.

Life Expectancy These dogs live to be around 13 to 15 years of age.

Grooming The Braque du Bourbonnais is very low maintenance. They only need occasional brushing to rid their coat of loose, dead hairs. Bathing, nail clipping, and ear cleaning must be done only when necessary.

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