Braque Francais Pyrenean

Breed Summary

The Braque Francais Pyrenean is a lighter built dog than other French hunting dogs. He has tighter skin that fits close to his body and a short, smooth coat that can be considered fine in texture. The Braque Francais Pyrenean comes in two basic coat colors: chestnut and white or solid chestnut. He has shorter hair on his head, face, and legs. Slightly longer hair on his neck is acceptable, although he should not be shown if his coat is too long or dense. The Braque Francais Pyrenean has a broader head and ears that are medium length. His ears when pulled forward towards his nose should never reach the tip of his nose; they should reach just past the eye. His muzzle should somewhat narrow without looking too pointed. His body needs to be slightly longer than his legs and he should have an athletic look to him.

Country of Origin: France

AKC Breed Popularity:

AKC Classification: Foundation Stock Service

UKC Classification: Gun Dog Group

Exercise Requirements: 40 minutes/day

Height: Female: 18-23 inches.; Male: 18.5-23 inches

Weight: Female: 40-55 lbs.; Male: 40-55 lbs

Physical traits: Medium to large sized, Compact, Strong

Personality traits/Temperament: Friendly, Smart, Willing to Please

Coat: Length: Short

Characteristics: Fine

Colors: Chestnut brown, either solid or mixed with white

Overall Grooming Needs: Moderate

Energy Level: Average

Tendency to Drool: Low

Tendency to Snore: Low

Tendency to Bark: Low

Tendency to Dig: Low

Social/Attention Needs: Medium

Life Expectancy: 12-15 years


Pyrenean Type French Pointers are healthy dogs. Their life expectancy is 12 to 15 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. Responsible breeders screen their stock for common health problems. Good breeders utilize health screening and genetic testing to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.


The Braque Francais Pyrenean 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 Francais Pyrenean must be trained to start early in his life. Leadership, puppy socialization, basic training classes, and living in the owner’s home are key to raising a well-mannered Braque Francais Pyrenean. The breed is intelligent, highly trainable, and wants to please, although some may be stubborn. It is very important that discipline be consistent, fair, and firm, without being rough.


Options for exercise include playtime 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, 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

The Braque Francais is also known as the French Pointing Dog.


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