Braque d'Auvergne

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Braque d'Auvergne
Braque d Auvergne.jpg
A male Braque d'Auvergne
Other namesAuvergne Pointer
Bleu d'Auvergne
Height Dogs 55–65 cm (22–26 in)
Bitches 51–61 cm (20–24 in)
Coat Short
Colour Black with white markings
Kennel club standards
Société Centrale Canine standard
Fédération Cynologique Internationale standard
Dog (domestic dog)

The Braque d'Auvergne is a breed of dog originating in the mountain area of Cantal, in the historic Auvergne province in the mid-south of France. It is a pointer and versatile gundog. The breed descends from ancient regional types of hunting dogs.


The Braque d'Auvergne is a strong, substantial dog, between 53–63 centimetres (21–25 in) at the withers. It has a large head, long ears, and pendulous lips. The tail was traditionally docked to half its length. The short, glossy coat is white with mottling of black that gives a blue impression, and large black spots. The head and ears are always black.[1]


The Auvergne is lively, sensitive, obedient, and affectionate.[citation needed] Intelligent and good natured, it makes a fine family dog and an excellent hunting partner.[2] It gets along well with other dogs. The Braque d'Auvergne is a natural hunter who tends to work closely with its partner, checking in frequently. This trait, combined with its gentle nature and desire to please, make it a highly trainable pointer.[citation needed]


This hunting dog does best with regular outings during which it can exercise its body, nose and its mind.[citation needed]


The Auvergne pointer has been present in the Cantal region for more than two centuries and was recognized as a French gundog breed with an FCI breed standard in 1955.[3] It was recognised by the Kennel Club (UK) with effect from 1 April 2016.[4] The breed will be classified in the Gundog Group (HPR) on the Imported Breed Register.

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  1. ^ Clark, Anne Rogers; Andrew H. Brace (1995). The International Encyclopedia of Dogs. Howell Book House. pp. 146–147. ISBN 0-87605-624-9.
  2. ^ Alderton, David; Morgan, Tracy (2002-06-01). Dogs: Smithsonian Handbooks (Revised ed.). Dk Pub. p. 35. ISBN 978-0-7894-8981-4.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  3. ^ FCI breed standard
  4. ^ "New Breed - Braque d'Auvergne • The Kennel Club". Retrieved 2021-05-02.

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