Braque du Bourbonnais

Breed Summary

The Braque du Bourbonnais is a medium sized, short haired braccoid type dog, compactly built, muscular and robust. The body is square or slightly longer than tall in proportion. The chest is wide, long and deep, reaching to, or slightly below, the level of the elbow. Their pear-shaped head is an essential breed characteristic. The muzzle is slightly shorter than the skull. They give the impression of strength and power, without excluding a certain elegance. The female is less stocky and more elegant than the male.

Country of Origin: France

AKC Breed Popularity:

AKC Classification: Foundation Stock Service

UKC Classification: Gun dog group

Exercise Requirements: 30 minutes/day

Height: Female: 19-22 inches.; Male: 19-22.5 inches

Weight: Female: 35-53 lbs.; Male: 35-53 lbs

Physical traits: Medium-sized, Compact, Muscular

Coat: Length: Short

Characteristics: Fine, dense

Colors: Fawn ticked, Brown ticked

Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate

Personality traits/Temperament: Affectionate, Adaptable, Gentle

Energy Level: Average

Tendency to Drool: Average

Tendency to Snore: Low

Tendency to Bark: Low

Tendency to Dig: Low

Social/Attention Needs: Average

Life Expectancy: 10-12 years


Braque du Bourbonnais are healthy dogs. Their life expectancy is 10 to 12 years. Some dogs can develop itchy skin conditions where baths with a high-quality dog shampoo and conditioner is recommended. Flea control is also essential. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Braque du Bourbonnais can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize health screening and genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.


The Braque du Bourbonnais should do well on high-quality dog food, whether commercially manufactured or home-prepared. Add a high-quality dog multivitamin to complete the nutritional circle. Any diet should be appropriate to the dog’s age (puppy, adult, or senior). Some dogs are prone to getting overweight, so watch your dog’s calorie consumption and weight level. Treats can be an important aid in training, but giving too many can cause obesity. Learn about which human foods are safe for dogs, and which are not. Check with your vet if you have any concerns about your dog’s weight or diet.


The Braque du Bourbonnais requires relatively gentle handling. They have the ability to sense the mood of the handler, seeking eye contact at all times.Training is fairly easy as these dogs are intelligent and willing to please their humans. They won’t be much as far as watchdogs or guard dogs, as they have a friendly disposition toward everyone they encounter.


Options for exercise could include play time in the backyard, preferably fenced, or being taken for walks several times a day. Use paw balm daily to protect their feet. Exercise can also come in the form of indoor activities, like hide-and-seek, chasing a ball rolled along the floor, or learning new tricks. Certain outdoor activities like swimming, hiking, and retrieving balls or flying discs can provide a good outlet for expending energy. Training for dog sports like agility, obedience and rally can also be a great way to give your dog exercise.

Fun Fact

This breed goes by several other names, including Bourbonnais Pointer, Bourbonnais Pointing Dog, French Pointing Dog, French Pointer, Braques Francaises, and Braque Bourbonnais.


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