Braque Français Pyrenean
Braque Français Pyreneans are hunting dogs at heart. They make energetic and versatile companions in the field and affectionate, well-mannered pets at home.
Braque Français Pyrenean History
The Braque Français is a type of French pointer that has existed since the 15th century. Over time, people brought or imported these hunting dogs to other countries and crossed them with other breeds. And by the end of the 19th century, there were two distinct types: the Gascony and the Pyrenean. Originating from southwest France and the Central Pyrenees, the Pyrenean type is the smaller and faster of the two.
Braque Français Pyreneans are the most popular French pointer in their native country. Though not often found outside France, they have a small but loyal fan base in North American. The United Kennel Club recognized the breed in 2016. And that same year, the American Kennel Club recorded it in their Foundation Stock Service.
Braque Français Pyrenean Traits
The Braque Français Pyrenean is a medium-sized dog with a muscular build and rustic appearance.
Coat and Coloring
This breed's fine, short coat comes in either solid chestnut brown or chestnut mixed with white. Some dogs have ticking, roaning, or tan markings.
Distinctive Physical Traits
The Braque Français Pyrenean has deep-set, chestnut brown or dark yellow eyes, a broad, brown nose, and medium-length ears. These dogs also have deep, broad chests, straight, strong backs, and muscular legs.
Braque Français Pyrenean Temperament
Gentle, friendly, submissive dogs, Braque Français Pyreneans are eager to please their people. They make playful, loyal family pets and good watchdogs.
More than anything, these pups are versatile hunting companions. They have solid retrieving and flushing skills, love water, and have a strong prey drive. So, it's best to keep them on-leash when in an unenclosed area to prevent them from chasing after critters.
Braque Français Pyrenean Care
Braque Français Pyreneans thrive on a high-quality diet formulated for their life stage (e.g., puppy, adult, senior). Obesity is a risk for all dogs and can contribute to other health issues. To help your dog maintain a healthy weight, keep an eye on their food intake and measure their portions to avoid overfeeding. As a guideline, treats should make up no more than 10% of your pup's daily calories.
Because of their deep chests, these dogs are at a greater risk of bloat (also known as twisted stomach). To help prevent bloat, break your dog's food up into several meals a day, and use a food bowl designed to slow their eating. Also, avoid feeding immediately before or after any vigorous activity. These are just a few ways you can help prevent this life-threatening condition. Consult your veterinarian about other methods, including surgical options.
The Braque Français Pyrenean's short coat is relatively easy to maintain. Weekly brushing to remove loose fur and the occasional bath are usually all it takes to keep these dogs looking their best. But they do need their nails trimmed regularly and ears cleaned if you notice any wax build-up or debris.
Good dental hygiene is also essential for any dog's overall long-term health. In addition to professional dental cleanings, establish an at-home dental care routine that includes regular teeth brushing.
When hunting, Braque Français Pyreneans will get all the exercise they need. But on other days, long walks, backyard play sessions, swimming, and chasing balls will keep your pup happy and fit. You can also sign them up for dog sports—such as agility, rally, and competitive obedience.
When it comes to training, the Braque Français Pyrenean prefers a gentle touch. These sensitive pups respond best to positive reinforcement using treats, favorite toys, and plenty of praise. In addition to obedience and field training, early socialization will help your pup develop into a well-mannered adult dog.