Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Auvergne Pointer

(Braque d’Auvergne)

Braque D’Auvergne


ORIGIN

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France.

PUBLISHED

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24.03.2004.

UTILISATION

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Pointing breed.

CLASSIFICATION

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Group 7Pointing Dogs
Section 1.1Continental Pointing Dogs, 'Braque' type
With working trial

UKC
Gun Dog

TRANSLATION

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John Miller and Raymond Triquet.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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The Auvergne pointer is a very ancient breed, present in the Cantal region for more than two centuries. Descending from a multi-pointer common source, derivation has been made by a selection to which the Knights of Malta might have participated. Created by and for hunters, it has a strong identity reinforced by its coat.
UKC
The Braque d’ Auvergne, or “Auvergne Pointer”, was developed in France by hunters who wanted a strong dog that could hunt tirelessly. It is a breed of ancient origins, known for two centuries in the Cantal region. The Braque d’ Auvergne was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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Rectilinear, of medium proportions. Robust dog, strongly boned, but without heaviness, showing a characteristic Braque type, lightness in its gait, with elegance enhanced by the coat and harmonious proportions. Its conformation predisposes it to cover long distances with a supple-action, permitting it to maintain its activity the whole day on the most difficult terrains.
UKC
A sturdy, robust, short-coated, black and white pointing dog of medium size, with distinctive Braque characteristics, his appearance suggests the capacity to work all day, covering a great deal of ground with supple action.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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Body: The length of the body (from the point of the shoulder to the point of the buttock) is approximately equal to the height at the withers.
The depth of the chest equals half the height of the dog at the withers.
Head: Length of the muzzle slightly less or equal to the length of the skull.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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Gentle dog, very affectionate, intelligent and obedient. Its training consists mainly of developing its natural qualities. Its sense of smell is powerful. It adapts well to family life.
UKC
Kind, intelligent and tractable, the Braque d’ Auvergne has natural hunting instincts and a keen sense of smell. He is also well suited to family life.

HEAD

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The head is long, proportional to the size, somewhat lighter with the females.
UKC
The head is long, in proportion to the size of the dog, and characteristically somewhat lighter in females than in males. The stop is moderate but defined. In profile, the lines of the skull and the muzzle are slightly divergent.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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The lines of the skull are slightly divergent towards the front (a characterized braque). Seen from above, the shape of the skull is nearly oval. The occipital protuberance is only slightly prominent. The skull width between the zygomatic arches is equal to its length. Superciliary arches: Well pronounced.
UKC
Viewed from above, the skull is oval in shape. The occiput is only moderately defined. The width of the skull between the zygomatic arches is equal to its length.

Stop

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Moderately marked.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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Always black, relatively broad, shiny, with well-open nostrils. Its upper profile is in prolongation of that of the muzzle.
UKC
Large and broad with well opened nostrils. Black and shiny. Set on as an extension of the muzzle, slightly protruding.

Muzzle

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Length close to that of the skull. The muzzle is level.
UKC
Same length as the skull, with a straight nasal bone. Upper lips overlap the lower, forming a square end to the muzzle.

Lips

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Relatively important. The upper lip overlaps the lower. Neat commissure, without important inner fold. Seen from the front, the lips form a square end to the muzzle.

Jaws/Teeth

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Sturdy, of equal length. The teeth are strong. Scissors bite or level bite.
UKC
A full complement of strong teeth meet in a scissors or level bite.

Eyes

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Relatively large, oval, of dark hazel colour, well set in the orbit, giving an expressive candid and kind look. The well pigmented eyelid does not allow the conjunctiva to be seen.
UKC
Fairly large and set rather deeply, oval in shape and dark hazel in color, which creates a kind expression. Third eyelid is fully pigmented, as are eye rims. Whites of eyes are not apparent.

Ears

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Attached rather towards the rear. At rest, the ear is set below a line running from the upper level of the nose to the eye. When attentive, the ear may move up to that line. Turned slightly inward, neither curled nor flat, the ear is supple and slightly satiny.
The tip is fairly round. Drawn forward, it should reach the root of the nose, without going further than the tip.
UKC
Set low and well back on skull. Rounded at the tip, with a slight inward fold. Leather should reach to the nose but not beyond.

NECK

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Relatively long, well inserted between the shoulders, slightly arched. Presence of a slight dewlap. The length of the neck is roughly equal to that of the head.
UKC
Long and slightly arched, approximately the same length as the head. Slight dewlap.

BODY

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Square in proportion, measured from breastbone to buttocks and withers to ground. Chest deep rather than wide, with oval shaped ribs. Withers high, back short, straight and not wide. Loin short and wide, especially in females. Croup slopes gently to set on of tail. Flanks are wide and only slightly hollowed with moderate tuck-up.

Topline

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Straight and taut.

Withers

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Marked.

Back

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Narrow, flat and short. The spinal column isn’t sprung out.

Loin

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Well attached, wide (especially in females), very slightly convex.

Croup

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Oblique (35° with respect to the dorsal line), points of hips visible.

Chest

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Long and deep, reaching elbow level. A transversal section is egg shaped, regularly sprung, without rupture in the lower part.

Underline and belly

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Rises gently towards the belly, not whippety. The flank is wide, only slightly hollowed, joined smoothly to the hips.

TAIL

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Set rather high. It should be carried horizontally. Cylindrical and not too fine. Docked, it has a length of 15 to 20 cm (6” to 8”). Undocked, it reaches the point of the hocks without going further.
UKC
Strong at the base, set on rather high and carried horizontally. If docked, it should be 6 to 8 inches in length. If natural, it should reach to the hock joint but not further.

LIMBS

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They are in line with the body.

FOREQUARTERS

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Upright to the ground.
UKC
Shoulders strong and well muscled, with the shoulder blade sloping at a 45-degree angle to permit free movement.

Shoulder

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Strong, well muscled, quite free in action. Sloping at 45°.

Elbow

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Well in the axis of the body.

FORELEGS

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Long, muscular and straight with elbows held close to the body. Distance from elbow to ground equals distance from top of withers to elbow. Pastern is short and slightly sloping.

Forearm

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Strong and long, muscular and straight.

Carpus (wrist)

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Strong without knots.

Pastern

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Short, slightly inclined seen in profile.

FEET

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Oval in shape with deep, hard pads and tightly knit toes. Both front and rear feet point straight ahead.

Forefeet

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A little longer than what’s called a « cat food » and a little shorter than a « hare foot ». Turned neither inward nor outward.
The nails are strong and short; the pads are hard and resistant; the toes are tightly knit.

Hind feet

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See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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Well angled, they work in parallel planes.
UKC
Well angulated to match forequarters.

Thigh

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Well muscled.

HIND LEGS

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Strongly muscled. Hock joint lean and well defined. Rear pastern short and strong.

Hock

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Lean and well defined.

Rear pastern

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Short and never too thin.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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Movement of average amplitude but with a sustained rhythm which confers its notorious endurance to the dog. Its habitual hunting gait is an average gallop, regular and slightly rocking.
UKC
An endurance trot, long-strided, but without exaggeration.

SKIN

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Fine enough, rather loose without exaggeration.
UKC
Skin is fine and rather loose but without exaggeration.

COAT

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HAIR

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Short, not too fine, never hard, shiny.
UKC
Coat is short and shiny, not too fine.

COLOUR

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Black with white markings of variable importance.
The particularity of the marking generates two recognized types Flecked or Greying. This difference cannot be used to separate two subjects of the same quality.
The head should be black preferably with a white blaze on the muzzle extending to the skull. The white of that blaze can extend laterally on the muzzle.
A white and flecked ear or the side of the head white and flecked cannot be considered as faults.
UKC
Black with white markings, either ticked or roaned. Head preferably black, with a white blaze, but white with ticking or roaning is acceptable.

SIZE

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Height at withers

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(with for both sexes a tolerance of + 2 cm and – 1 cm)
Males 57 to 63 cm (22.5" to 24.8") (60 cm – 23.6" – ideal height).
Females 53 to 59 cm (20.9" to 23.2") (56 cm – 22 " – ideal height).
UKC
Males 22½ to 24½ inches at the withers; females 21 to 23 inches.

FAULTS

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Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Parallel lines of skull and muzzle.
Head too loaded under the eyes.
Apparent conjunctiva.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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Convergent lines of muzzle and skull (towards the front).
Concave or convex muzzle.
Ear attached too high, too short, flat, too much corkscrew.
Lips hanging or floppy, too short, muzzle tapering towards the end.
Too narrow brisket.
UKC

Muzzle: Parallel head planes, concave or convex muzzle, pointed muzzle. Over-developed lips.
Ears: High set, short or corkscrew ears.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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  • Character: Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Head: Lack of “braque”type. Undershot or overshot with more than 1mm gap between the incisive arcades. Lack of first premolars is tolerated. The lack of 2 other premolars (PM2 or PM3) or of any other tooth including PM4 is eliminatory. Eversion or inversion of eyelids or traces of corrective intervention.
  • Legs: Presence of dewclaws or traces of their removal.
  • Coat: Entirely black or entirely white. Absence of flecking. Tawny marks or “burnt bread” (fawn) glints. Dudley nose. Unpigmented eyerims. Yellow eye (said “hawk eye”). Wall eyes.
UKC
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.