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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OriginFrance flagFrance
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?
Purebred

Braque Francais Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Braque Francais puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it?
$1000-$1200
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.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Braque Francais?
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.

Braque Francais Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Medium
Weight
How much does the Braque Francais weigh? 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 the Braque Francais? Braque Francais average weight:
Male: 52.5 pounds (20-27 kg), Female: 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg)
Height
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 this fido? Braque Francais average height:
Male: 24 inches (61 cm), Female: 22 inches (56 cm)

Braque Francais Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Braque Francais have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
FineThickWell-furnished
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Braque Francais's coat?
White & Red
Grooming
How to groom the Braque Francais and how often?
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?
Braque Francaiss 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 bathe this dog? 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.

Braque Francais Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Braque Francais have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
SocialObedientAthletic
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Braque Francais? Are they intelligent?
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.
Trainability
Are Braque Francais dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Braque Francaiss are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
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 Francaiss 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? Are they affectionate?
High: Braque Francaiss 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 dog 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 Francaiss need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
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 Francaiss 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 Francaiss will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Braque Francais dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Braque Francaiss 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?

Low 🔽

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?

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.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Braque Francais do?
Braque Francaiss have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Braque Francaiss need to be taught for 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 Francaiss 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 Francaiss 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?
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.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Braque Francaiss 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
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Braque Francaiss tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Braque Francais Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Braque Francais temperament with other people:
Braque Francaiss 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 Francaiss 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 Francaiss 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?
Braque Francaiss 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? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Braque Francaiss 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?
Yes
Braque Francaiss are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Braque Francaiss good office dogs? Do Braque Francaiss make good office friendly dogs? Can Braque Francaiss be office dogs?
No
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.

Braque Francais Health

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:
EctropionEntropionHip DysplasiaPulmonic 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?
Average
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? What is the average lifespan of this breed? 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?
11-13 years
The average lifespan of Braque Francais: 12 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Braque Francais breed hypoallergenic?
No
Braque Francaiss don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the 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 Francaiss are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Braque Francais dogs require per day?
Braque Francaiss 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 this fido need?
Braque Francaiss don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an 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 the Braque Francais need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
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 change, consult your veterinarian to make a meal plan, and measure the Braque Francais's 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.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

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.

Braque Francais As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Braque Francais be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

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?

Not really

This breed 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 to 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?

Not really

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?

Not really

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?

Not really

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?

Not really

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?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Braque Francais Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?

60-64 days

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.
Litter Frequency

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? What is the average litter size of this fido?
6 to 8 puppies

Braque Francais Recognition

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 RegistryAmerican Rare Breed AssociationAmerica's Pet RegistryCanadian Kennel ClubContinental Kennel ClubDog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleFoundation Stock ServiceNational Kennel ClubUnited Kennel ClubAmerican Canine Association, Inc.

Braque Francais Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Very smart: Braque Francais is an excellent dog breed.
  • Trainability: Braque Francaiss 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 Francaiss are good watchdogs.
  • Adaptability: Braque Francaiss adapt very well to lifestyle changes and basically all living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Braque Francaiss are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Braque Francaiss 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 Francaiss are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Hypoallergenic: Braque Francaiss don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Braque Francaiss tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Cat Friendly: Braque Francaiss are not the most cat-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Braque Francais is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Braque Francais History

Introduction

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.

 

Origins

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.

 

In America

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.

 

Recognition

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.

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