Braque d Auvergne
Breeding group : Sporting
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GENERALBreed group: Sporting Type: Pure Breed
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 48-62 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: Black & White, Merle / Spotted / Brindle / Speckled
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: About 12-13 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Good for every climate
The Braque d'Auvergne is a breed of dog that is a descendant of ancient regional types of hunting dogs. These dogs were bred to be a pointer and versatile gundog that originated in the mountain area of Cantal, in the historic Auvergne province in the mid-south of France. The Braque d'Auvergne is also known to be called Bleu d'Auvergne, Auvergne Pointer and Auvergne Pointing Dog. The dog is known for their incredible hardiness, speed and energy. They have an excellent nose and are good pointers and retrievers. These active dogs can become accustomed to almost any environment. They make wonderful family dogs as they can get along fine with children and other house pets as long as they were raised to have them around since puppy hood. The dog's short and shiny coat is fairly easy to maintain. It doesn't need too much bathing while only brushing the dog's coat regularly could be the most that you'd need to do for grooming them. Their ears will require cleaning and regular checking for infections as drooped ears are prone to ear infections.
The Auvergnes coat color can be Black with White markings, either ticked or roan. The dog's head is preferably Black with a White blaze; however, White with ticking or roaning is acceptable.
The dog's coat is short and glossy but it is not too fine. Their skin is fine and rather loose but without exaggeration.
The Braque d'Avergne is a hardy working dog that would be in their element when hunting with their masters. They can easily adapt to and perform well in any kind of environment. These dogs are serious workers that have an affectionate, loyal and gentle nature. As energetic dogs, they would seem to have an unending enthusiasm to track, to point and to retrieve. The traits mentioned make the dog a very suitable home companion. When indoors, this energetic dog will prefer be quiet. They are gentle and playful with children and will tolerate dogs and other house pets especially when they are raised with other pets from puppy hood. The Auvergne is an intelligent breed. Many of these dogs excel in agility and obedience competitions. They are fairly easy to train as these canine have the eagerness to please their masters. Although there are a few who could be stubborn, the owner must be firm, consistent and use positive training methods.
This dog's coat is low maintenance making it one of the advantages in taking them in. The short coated dog does not need extensive grooming. Grooming them is as simple as brushing the dog's coat occasionally to maintain it at its best condition. Bathing should only be done when necessary. Too much water and shampoo is not recommended as it will remove the natural oils of the dog's skin. The breed is known to be generally healthy and free from any genetic diseases. They are prone to ear infections because of their long drooping ears. Make sure to check it daily and after any activity done in the outdoors. Given proper nutrition and care, sufficient exercise and regular visits to the vet, these dogs can live up to 12-13 years on the average.
The dog is an excellent hunter by nature who tends to work closely with their partner, checking in frequently. They also have a gentle nature and the desire to please their owners which makes them a highly trainable pointer. Training tracking dogs to track should be done naturally: the object instead is to motivate it properly and teach it to maintain focus on a single track and ignore others that might seem more interesting to an untrained dog. The dog must be motivated to continue searching for a scent for a long period of time as this can actually be very fatiguing for a dog.
This hunting dog will do best with activities wherein they can exercise the body, nose and its mind. As the Braque d' Auvergne is a working dog, these dogs require plenty of exercise to drain their high energy. They need to be taken for long walks emphasizing that the dog is a pack member by heeding them beside or behind the handler. They can do fine in an apartment or small space living as long as they are given sufficient exercise. A securely fenced yard would also benefit the dog to help with his exercise needs. Play will surely fulfill the dog's exercise needs; however, as any other breed, their primal instinct to walk will still need to be satisfied.