(Bourbonnais Pointer, Bourbonnais Pointing Dog) The Braque du Bourbonnais is a pointing dog with a medium-sized stature and a muscular, elegant physique. The breed’s withers are prominent and strong, and their loins are slightly convex. Their body is short, compact, stout, and broad and their chest is long, deep, and broad. The chest reaches to a level that is slightly below the elbow and their ribs are well-sprung and rounded. Their flat flanks are slightly raised towards the back and their muscular necks are properly set into their shoulders. The head of the Braque du Bourbonnais is rounded in every direction and the stop is slightly marked. Their noses correlate with the color of their coat and the strong, wide, tapered muzzle is cone-shaped. Their large eyes are hazel or dark amber in color and their ears are set at the level of their eyes. The Braque du Bourbonnais has a fine, short-haired coat that is coarser and perhaps a bit longer on the back. The coat is either liver or fawn with considerable spotting and ticking.
After World War II, the number of births decreased and the club became less active until it ceased to function. From 1963 to 1973, there were no dogs registered in the LOF (French studbook). The reason for this is probably a selection on secondary characteristics (color of the coat, sort tail) instead of the hunting capabilities and general construction of the dog; this led to have a Bourbonnais less suitable for hunting than other breeds. The breed was re-created when a breeder and judge, named Michel Comte, decided to look for the last dog that had some Bourbonnais blood. He found only mixed breed dogs, which had some characteristics of the Braque du Bourbonnais (size, shape of the head, short tail). After some more or less inbred litters, he registered his first Bourbonnais in the french studbook in 1973, 1974, and 1975; from then, several breeders joined him, who, from those dogs, created their own lines, and the number of births increased. Every Bourbonnais living today comes from those dogs.
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