Braque Francais Information & Dog Breed Facts
Collection of all the general dog breed info about Braque Francais so you can get to know the breed more.
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Other Names |
What other names does the Braque Francais have?
|Braque Francaisde Grande TailleFrench Pointing Dog|
Breed Type |
What type of dog breed is it?
How much does the Braque Francais puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of a Braque Francais in the United States? How much money is a Braque Francais?
Where to buy a Braque Francais with a good pedigree?
If you choose to purchase the Braque Francais, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Braque Francais for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Braque Francais gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Braque Francais? How many Braque Francais are there in the world?
Average: The Braque Francais is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.
Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.
Is a Braque Francais small, medium or large dog?
How big do Braque Francais get?
What is the average size of a Braque Francais?
How much does the Braque Francais weigh? How much should a Braque Francais weight? What is the normal weight of a Braque Francais? How much does a full-grown Braque Francais weight?
|Male: 45-60 pounds (20-27 kg), Female: 40-55 pounds (18-25 kg)|
Average Weight |
What is the average weight of a Braque Francais?
|Male: 52.5 pounds (20-27 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg)|
How tall is the Braque Francais? Braque Francais height:
|Male: 22-26 inches (56-66 cm), Female: 20-24 inches (51-61 cm)|
Average Height |
What is the average height of a Braque Francais?
|Male: 24 inches (61 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm)|
Coat / Hair Types |
What type of coat does the Braque Francais have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Braque Francais coats?
|White & Red|
How to groom the Braque Francais and how often? How often should I take my Braque Francais to the groomer?
Effortless: The Braque Francais requires minimal grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.
Ears and eyes should be cleaned sometimes to avoid infections. Braque Francais is one of the best choices if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.Highly recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level |
How much do Braque Francais dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Braque Francais? Do Braque Francais dogs shed a lot?
Braque Francais dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency |
How often does the Braque Francais need a bath? How often should you give a Braque Francais a bath? Can I bathe my Braque Francais every day?
| 6-8 weeks |
Rarely. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.
For example, short-haired dog breeds can go a very long time in between baths. These short-haired breeds shed regularly and that shedding works to naturally remove excess dirt and oil. So unless your weenie dog got into the garbage can, you can probably hold off on a bath for a while.
What kind of personality does the Braque Francais have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Intelligent Rank |
How smart is the Braque Francais? Is the Braque Francais breed dumb or smart?
Very smart: Braque Francais is an excellent dog breed. You can teach them many tricks and commands. The limit is your creativity. They understand and memorize new commands in 5-15 repetitions. This breed obeys the first command 85% of the time or better.
The Braque Francais is one of the top breeds in the dog intelligence ranking.
Are Braque Francais dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train a Braque Francais?
Braque Francais dogs are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
How playful is this breed?
The Braque Francais is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level |
How sensitive are they? Braque Francais sensitivity:
Sensitive: Braque Francais dogs don't like an irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits.
This breed's emotional level reflects their owner's feelings and they don't handle punishments well.
Affection Level |
How affectionate are they? Is a Braque Francais a good family dog?
High: Braque Francais dogs are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving, and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dogs for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs |
How much social interaction does the Braque Francais need? Braque Francais social needs:
Braque Francais dogs need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Do Braque Francais dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Braque Francais bark?
Low to Average: The Braque Francais rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.
Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability |
Is Braque Francais good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Braque Francais dogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Braque Francais dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial |
Do Braque Francais dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Braque Francais dogs are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential |
Do Braque Francais bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Braque Francais? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Braque Francais? Why do dog bites happen?
The Braque Francais has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force |
Does the Braque Francais has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Braque Francais? How much bite force does a Braque Francais have?
Between 200 and 400 PSI ⏺
Braque Francais bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.
The Braque Francais, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.
However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Braque Francais do?
Braque Francais dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Braque Francais dogs need to be taught a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam |
How likely is the Braque Francais to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Braque Francais roam?
Braque Francais dogs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive |
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Braque Francais have high prey drive?
Braque Francais dogs have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Braque Francais dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly |
Is Braque Francais good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have a Braque Francais in an apartment?
Apartment-friendly dog the Braque Francais breed. It is best if you have a small garden where it can occasionally go out to do its business, but this is not important at all. You can exercise him enough with a walk or two a day, so he's comfortable in an apartment.
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Braque Francais dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone |
How long can a Braque Francais be left alone? How long can you leave a Braque Francais alone?
Braque Francais dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
Stranger Friendly |
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Braque Francais temperament with other people:
Braque Francais dogs are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly |
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Braque Francais dogs get along with other pets? Are Braque Francais dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Braque Francais dogs usually don’t get on well with other pets.
Child Friendly |
Are Braque Francais dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Braque Francais temperament with children:
Braque Francais dogs are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly |
How well do Braque Francais dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Braque Francais breed live with a cat?
Braque Francais dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly |
Is Braque Francais good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Braque Francais dogs get along with other dogs?
Braque Francais dogs are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Braque Francais can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners |
Is Braque Francais breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Braque Francais breed suitable for first-time owners?
Braque Francais dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly |
Are Braque Francais dogs good office canines? Do Braque Francais dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Braque Francais is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly |
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Braque Francais dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Braque Francais temperament with senior people? Are Braque Francais dogs good for elderly owners?
Braque Francaiss are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
Health Issues |
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Braque Francais dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
The Braque Francais is a healthy breed, but there are certain health issues that you should check with your vet regularly.
Health Problems |
What genetic/health problems does the Braque Francais breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Braque Francais breed? Most common health risks of Braque Francais:
|Hip DysplasiaEntropionEctropionPulmonic Stenosis|
Veterinarian Visits |
How often does the Braque Francais breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Braque Francais see the vet?
The Braque Francais should have a complete physical check-up at least once per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy |
How long do Braque Francais dogs live? How old can a Braque Francais be? What is the age limit of the Braque Francais? How many years can the oldest Braque Francais live?
What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Braque Francais?
How long is the lifespan of a Braque Francais?
The average lifespan of Braque Francais: 12 years
Is the Braque Francais breed hypoallergenic?
Braque Francais dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level |
How much energy does the Braque Francais have? What is the activity level of the Braque Francais?
Braque Francais dogs are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need |
How much exercise does a Braque Francais need? How much exercise do Braque Francais dogs require per day?
Do Braque Francais dogs need a lot of exercises?
Braque Francais dogs need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need |
How much sleep does the Braque Francais breed need?
Braque Francais dogs don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption |
How much food does a Braque Francais need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Braque Francais breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Braque Francais? How much food should I feed my Braque Francais?
|3 to 4.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.|
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity |
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Braque Francais risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Braque Francais has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.
If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Braque Francais weight regularly.
Weather and Climate |
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
| Tolerates warm and cold weather |
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
The Braque Francais has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency |
Does the Braque Francais drool?
The Braque Francais is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency. If you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, the Braque Francais could be a perfect choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool minimum compared to others, just like the Braque Francais.
If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.
Service Dog |
Are they good as service dogs? Can Braque Francais be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).
Braque Francais is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog |
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Braque Francais be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Braque Francais be an emotional support animal?
This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.
Braque Francais is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog |
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Braque Francais be a sniffer dog?
They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.
Braque Francais is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) |
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Braque Francais be a search and rescue dog?
This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.
The Braque Francais is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog |
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Braque Francais be a boat dog?
Braque Francais breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.
Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog |
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Braque Francais be a drafting dog?
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.
Braque Francais is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog |
Where Braque Francais dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.
Gestation Length |
How long is a Braque Francais pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Braque Francais breed is pregnant?
Reproductive cycle of the female Braque Francais: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.
During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.
The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.
The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.
The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.
The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size |
How many puppies can the Braque Francais have in a litter? How many puppies can the Braque Francais breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Braque Francais have? How many puppies can a Braque Francais give birth to?
|6 to 8 puppies|
AKC Group |
Is Braque Francais recognized by the American Kennel Club?
|Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.|
FCI Group |
Is Braque Francais recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
|Recognized by FCI in the Pointing Dogs group, in the Continental Pointing Dogs section.|
Breed Recognition |
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Braque Francais breed?
|American Canine RegistryAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleAmerican Canine Association, Inc.Continental Kennel ClubNational Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubAmerican Rare Breed AssociationFoundation Stock Service|
Braque Francais Pros and Cons
- Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Braque Francais is an excellent dog breed.
- Trainability: Braque Francais dogs are very easy to train.
- Apartment Friendly: Apartment-friendly dog the Braque Francais breed.
- Grooming: Effortless: The Braque Francais requires minimal grooming.
- Drooling Tendency: The Braque Francais is a perfect example of a very low drooling tendency.
- Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Braque Francais has a low to the average risk for obesity.
- Watchdog Ability: Braque Francais dogs are good watchdogs.
- Adaptability: Braque Francais dogs adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
- Child Friendly: Braque Francais dogs are very kid-friendly dogs.
- Dog Friendly: Braque Francais dogs are very dog-friendly dogs.
- Senior Citizens Friendly: Braque Francaiss are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
- Good For First Time Owners: Braque Francais dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
- Hypoallergenic: Braque Francais dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
- Tolerates Being Left Alone: Braque Francais dogs tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
- Cat Friendly: Braque Francais dogs are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
- Office Friendly: Braque Francais is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Braque Francais History
The Braque Français (literally translated French pointing dog) are hunting dogs, from a very old type of gun dog used for pointing the location of game birds for a hunter.
The original Braque Français type of pointing dog has existed since the 15th century and is said to be descended from the Old Spanish Pointer and the now extinct Southern Hound.
The origins of the pointing dog style of hunting can be traced back to the 13th century and persisted into the 16th century.
The Pyrenees Mountains on the France-Spain border, as well as the territories north and south, were the birthplace of pointing dogs. The territory was known as the Kingdom of Navarre in the 13th century when it was dominated by French royalty.
However, during the 15th century, the southern region was reverted to Spanish sovereignty, while the northern area remained under French rule.
While many breed experts credit the Spanish Pointer as the origin of today’s pointing breeds, there is also a strong argument for the French dogs as well.
Over time, the French Pointers, also known as Braque du Pays, were fairly common in France.
Smaller groups of Braques became separated in different parts of the world, and they evolved different looks and hunting tactics as a result. Braque d'Auvergne, Braque du Bourbonnais, Braque St. Germain, Braque de L'Ariege, and other breeds were later recognized.
Moreover, with the emergence of the industrial revolution in the late 1700s and early 1800s, a gradual transition from a rural agrarian civilization to an urban industrial one occurred.
A smaller, more compact Braque Francais became necessary as the original breed was too huge to live in an urban environment.
In the mid to late 1800s, there was an influx of English Pointers into France and various French Pointers became less popular but still existed in France.
There were two main sorts of Braque Francais breeds by the early 1900s.
In 1975, the original, larger, and closer operational Braque Francais-Grand Taille was renamed the Braque Francais-Gascogne and the Barque Francais-Petite Taille was renamed Braque Francais-Pyrenees since it was smaller, faster, and had a wider range.
The Pyrenees was preferred by those who wanted a dog that was more agile and better equipped to compete against other breeds in field trials and find game birds that were becoming more scarce.
Furthermore, in 1919 the Club du Braque Francais was founded, however, there were debates about which Braque Francais the club would support.
While some thought the old Braque should be pushed, others on the other hand thought the modern Braque should be. After reaching an agreement, the club agreed to accept both breeds and developed two breed standards.
However, the breed was nearly wiped out during World War II, which had a disastrous effect on it. It took until the 1960s for the breed to re-establish itself. Part of the re-establishment involved back breeding of English Pointers into the Bf-Pyrenees.
When today's breeders talk about the Braque Francais in the United States, they're usually referring to the Pyrenees form, which is a smaller, sleeker dog with a strong desire to hunt and please.
Despite their superficial resemblance to small German shorthairs, Braques are very different from their larger cousins (the German shorthair was derived in part from Spanish pointers and various European hounds), and a new owner who expects a Braque to behave exactly like a small German shorthair will be disappointed.
Despite the fact that the Braque is still relatively obscure and scarce, there are breeders all throughout North America who have switched to the Braque and would not hunt with anything else.
This adorable small upland dog has its own individuality and intellect, which is what keeps Braques' owners committed to them.
Braque owners Mike and Karen Ercolano have enjoyed great success with the breed and they now operate Jersey Sporting Dogs in Nazareth, Penn.
The Ercolanos had hunted with a variety of different breeds, including pointers, English setters, Labs, and springers, but had not found the dog that suited their particular style.
Then one day Mike brought home an issue of Gun Dog that featured the Braque and it was described as a breed having a strong prey drive and a strong desire to please the owner, as well as a high level of trainability. The Ercolanos started looking for a breeder.
"There was very little information about them at the time. It took some time, but I eventually located a planned litter in Missouri, and the waiting began "Karen reminisces. "I got my first Braque Francais, a female named Angie, nine months later. She is still with us and doing well at the age of eleven.
While she didn't turn out to be our best hunting dog (my fault, not hers), she sparked Mike's and my interest in the breed." Angie may not have been the best hunting dog the Ercolanos ever raised, but she won their hearts.
Because of the breed's French heritage and its recognition by the CKC, the Braque Francais has remained a popular hunting dog in eastern Canada.
The Club Braque Francais Quebec has a large number of members that hunt and selectively breed Braque Francais.
In 1850, the first breed club was created, and in 1880, the first breed standards were written for both types. The Fédération Cynologique Internationale and the Société Centrale Canine in France both recognized it.
Only the Canadian Kennel Club and the United Kennel Club in the United States recognized them among the major kennel clubs in the English-speaking world.
The Canadian Kennel Club recognizes one breed, the Braque Francais-Gascogne, in its Sporting Dogs Group, while the United Kennel Club recognizes both breeds in its Gundog Group, under the names Braque Francais De Grande Taille and Braque Francais, De Petite Taille.