Braque d’Auvergne Breed Summary
Energetic, Affectionate, Obedient, Gentle and Intelligent
These dogs have been around for a fair amount of time in the UK. They have gained a great reputation for being extremely trustworthy, whether that be in the home or out in the field!
They are very affectionate and obedient by nature, which in turn makes them great family pets. Just make sure they have lots of access to large outdoor spaces so that they can stretch their legs out!
Fun Fact: These dogs are often called Blue d'Auvergne due to the blue and grey speckles in their coats!
|Kennel Club Group||Gundog|
|Lifespan||12 - 14 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males 55cm - 65cm, Females 51cm - 61cm|
|Weight||Males and Females 22kg - 28kg|
|Coat||Coats are Short, Fine and Very Shiny. There is No Undercoat|
|Colour||Black with White Markings|
|Eye colour||Dark Hazel|
|Common health issues||Hip dysplasia, Joint issues, Eye problems|
|Other Names||Auvergne Pointer, Bleu d'Auvergne, Braque Francais|
These dogs are highly energetic characters and love nothing better than having a job to do. For this reason, they would do best with a family able to offer them lots of opportunities to be involved with physical activities, whether that is jogging alongside their ‘hoomans’ or playing a fun game in the garden! They are also very clever and will require lots of mental stimulation as well. Because of their high-spirited ways, they probably wouldn’t suit a first-time owner. This is because Braque D’Auvergne's require extensive training and handling and would need someone to be around most of the day to give them the stimulation that they need. However, they do form very strong bonds with their families, especially with the specific ‘hooman’ who looks after them the most. They are extremely affectionate and make lovely family pets.
These dogs originate from the region of Auvergne in France and were originally bred to hunt, retrieve and point. Unfortunately, much of their origins are unknown but it’s speculated that they came about in Auvergne by the Knights of St. John, who were driven out of Malta by Napoleon in 1798. It has however been considered more likely that they came about by crossing dogs native to the region. During the 1920s and ’30s, the breed became increasingly popular both in France and across the globe! This was due to their fantastic reputation for being adaptable and trustworthy. With the onset of WW2, the breeds numbers began to drop and at one point they very nearly completely vanished! However, some truly dedicated breeders were able to save them from extinction and the numbers of the Braque D’Auvergne's are slowly starting to rise again.