Braque du Bourbonnais
The Braque Du Bourbonnais originally comes from France. He is a very loyal and adaptable dog. He fits well into a family, but is a working dog. He loves other four-legged friends, but is sometimes a little shy around strangers. The Braque Du Bourbonnais is therefore rather unsuitable as a guard dog. The animals can form a very close bond. In the past, the dogs were valued above all for their hunting skills.
The Braque Du Bourbonnais is medium-sized and graceful. It is considered to be very muscular and athletic. Its coat is short. The base color of the coat is generally white with a pale brown patch in the form of spots. Males are usually between 51 and 57 cm tall. Females grow to between 48 and 55 cm. Females weigh slightly less than males. Males weigh between 18 and 25 kg, females between 16 and 22 kg.
The Braque Du Bourbonnais is considered a very good-natured and loyal dog. It is also very adaptable, which makes it a very good pet. Nevertheless, it is a working dog. The Braque Du Bourbonnais fits in well with a family and likes to form a close bond. Sometimes this can be too strong and the dog suffers from dependency or separation anxiety.
He loves being around other dogs. He can integrate very well into a pack. You can prevent aggression in this breed through early socialization. If you have other small pets such as cats or birds, you should be careful. Your Braque Du Bourbonnais will love to chase them. It is rather unsuitable as a guard dog, as it can be shy and reserved around other people.
The Braque Du Bourbonnais gets on very well with children. However, young dogs can be a little too wild for very small children. When hunting, the Braque Du Bourbonnais is appreciated for its responsiveness and adaptability. It can hunt in a wide variety of landscapes. It is also capable of chasing a wide variety of animal species.
The right food
Your four-legged friend should be fed high-quality dog food. You can buy this in shops or prepare it yourself under veterinary supervision. The diet should always be adapted to the dog's age, weight, activity and state of health. The needs and eating habits of puppies and adult dogs can be very different.
Some dogs tend to be overweight. Therefore, pay attention to your dog's calorie intake and weight.
Treats can help train your dog, but should be deducted from the main meal.
If you are not sure what weight is best for your dog, ask your vet. It's also best to get advice on nutrition. You should also always provide your dog with fresh water.
Health & Care
The Braque du Bourbonnais is a very intelligent four-legged friend. It is generally easy to train. It is a very active dog. A lot of daily exercise is therefore required. This prevents the development of behavioral problems.
As with all breeds, puppies should be socialized and trained as early as possible. The Braque Du Bourbonnais can be trained well with positive reinforcement.
Your dog should be brushed a few times a month. This will keep the coat shiny and soft to the touch.
The claws should be trimmed regularly as long as they do not wear off by themselves. Grooming also includes cleaning their ears and eyes and brushing their teeth.
You don't need any more accessories for your Braque Du Bourbonnais than for other dogs. You should buy high-quality dog food, a lead with collar and harness as well as toys, a bowl and a water dish. You will also need a brush for grooming. If you want to trim the claws yourself, you will need claw clippers.
Origin & History
The Braque du Bourbonnais dates back to the 16th century. The animal was described as a robust and hardy companion of the hunter. The exact origin of the Braque du Bourbonnais is not known. Its lineage cannot be traced back exactly.
Until the beginning of the First World War, the Braque du Bourbonnais became increasingly popular. By the end of the Second World War, however, the animals were almost extinct as they were not bred during the war. The breed fell into oblivion.
Between 1963 and 1973, no more purebred Braque du Bourbonnais were registered. In 1970, a French hunter began to rescue the animals. Initially, he gathered other breeders who were also interested in reviving the breed. These breeders searched for surviving Braque du Bourbonnais in France.
As there were no more purebred Braque du Bourbonnais, breeders resorted to crossbreeding. This breeding program made it possible to rebuild the breed. The Club du Braque du Bourbonnais was founded in 1982 by Michel Comte and other breeders of the Braque du Bourbonnais. The breed was officially recognized again in 1985.