Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Bourbonnais Pointing Dog

(Braque du Bourbonnais)

Braque de Bourbonnais


ORIGIN

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FCI
France (Province of Bourbonnais).

PUBLISHED

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FCI
21.02.2006.

UTILISATION

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FCI
Pointing Dog

CLASSIFICATION

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

UKC
Gun Dog

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Jennifer Mulholland.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The Bourbonnais Pointing Dog was already known in 1598 (“Natural History”, Aldovrandi – National Library).
The ancient authors described him as a pleasant companion of the hunter, of hardy and healthy appearance. His white coat is entirely covered with fine brown or fawn ticking.
The breeders of the 1930’s wanted to impose a “faded lilac” coloured coat along with the obligation of being born with a naturally short tail. This strict selection put the existence of the breed in danger. In the 1970’s, a team of breeders decided to work for the survival of the Bourbonnais Pointing Dog.
The present state of the breed allows us to be confident about the future of the breed.
UKC
An ancient French pointing dog, first described by authors in 1598 as a pleasant companion of the hunter. In the early 1900’s breeders attempted to introduce a new, faded lilac color to the breed and to produce natural bob tails. These fads put the existence of the breed in danger, but today the breed is in good hands. The Braque de Bourbonnaise was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Medium sized, short-haired “Braque” type (“braccoid”), medium proportions tending towards brachymorphic type, of robust build, compact and muscular. He gives the impression of strength and power, without excluding a certain elegance.
The silhouette of the female is less stocky and more elegant.
UKC
A medium sized, short haired braccoid type dog, compactly built, muscular and robust. He gives the impression of strength and power, without excluding a certain elegance. The female is less stocky and more elegant than the male. Serious Fault: Stocky appearance.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI

The length of the body is equal to, or slightly more than the height at the withers.
The depth of the chest is equal to, or slightly more than half the height at the withers.
The length of the muzzle is slightly less than that of the skull.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
In the home he is kind and affectionate. When hunting, his passion and intelligence allow him to easily adapt to the most varied terrains and game. When searching, he naturally carries the head high to find the scent, proving his aptitude for useful and precise pointing.
UKC
A kind and affectionate companion as well as a passionate and intelligent hunter, suitable to a variety of game and terrain.

HEAD

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FCI
The essential breed characteristic is the so-called “pear” shape. Neither too fine nor too heavy, it is well proportioned to the body.
UKC
The pear shaped head is an essential breed characteristic.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Round, seen from all sides. The lateral sides are rounded, the parietal bones and zygomatic arches well developed. The axes of the skull and the muzzle are parallel, or very slightly divergent towards the front.
UKC
Seen from every direction, the skull is round. The lateral sides are rounded, and the zygomatic arches are well developed. The planes of the top skull and muzzle are parallel or very slightly divergent towards the front. The stop is moderately defined.

Stop

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Moderately defined.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Broad, with well opened nostrils. It sometimes protrudes over the perpendicular line of the lips. Its colour matches that of the coat, without unpigmented patches.
UKC
The nose is broad, with well opened nostrils. It sometimes protrudes over the perpendicular line of the lips. It is fully pigmented, and matches the coat in color.

Muzzle

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FCI
Strong and broad at its base, tapering slightly towards the tip to form a truncated cone. Not as broad in females.
Bridge of the nose: Straight or slightly convex.
UKC
The muzzle is slightly shorter than the skull. It is strong and broad at the base, tapering slightly towards the tip to form a truncated cone shape. The bridge of the nose is straight or slightly convex. The lips are not too thick, the upper lip covering the lower lip without forming too much of a fold at the corners. The edges of the lips are well pigmented.

Lips

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FCI
Not too thick, the upper lip covers the lower lip without forming too much of a fold at the corners of the mouth; the edges of the lips are well pigmented.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Strong and of equal length, with complete dentition, forming a scissor bite. A level bite is tolerated.
UKC
The Braque de Bourbonnais has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors or level bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Large, more or less rounded, hazel or dark amber depending on the colour of the coat. The look is expressive, kind and intelligent. The eyerims are well pigmented.
UKC
Large and fairly round, with an intelligent, kind expression. Hazel or dark amber in color, depending on the coat. The eyerims are fully pigmented.

Ears

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FCI
Of medium length, they can either reach or extend beyond the throat. Their base, rather broad, is attached at eye level or slightly above, which is appreciated. They hang naturally against the cheeks, flat or slightly curled inwards.
UKC
Medium in length, reach to, or beyond, the throat. Rather broad at the base, and attached at, or slightly above, eye level. Hanging naturally against the cheeks, flat or slightly curled inward.

NECK

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FCI
Not too long, muscled and with good reach, it fits smoothly to the shoulders. A slight dewlap is tolerated.
UKC
Well muscled and with good reach, but not too long. A slight dewlap is tolerated.

BODY

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UKC
The body is square or slightly longer than tall in proportion. The chest is wide, long and deep, reaching to, or slightly below, the level of the elbow. The depth of the chest is approximately one half the height at the withers. The withers are well defined, and the topline is straight and strong. The loin is short, broad and muscular. The croup is rounded, moderately oblique, with powerful muscles. The underline is progressively rising, and the flank is flat and only slightly raised.

Topline

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FCI
Straight and well sustained. The withers are well defined.

Back

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Solid and well muscled.

Loin

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FCI
Short, broad and muscled; well coupled to the back. Slightly longer in females.

Croup

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FCI
Rounded, moderately oblique, with powerful muscles.

Chest

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FCI
Chest Wide, long and deep, reaching or extending slightly below the level of the elbow. The sternum reaches as far back as possible. Ribs well sprung.

Underline and belly

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FCI
Progressively rising. The flank is flat and only slightly raised.

TAIL

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FCI
Some dogs are born naturally without a tail. If this is not the case, the tail should be docked at its base. It is set rather low. In countries where docking is illegal, the long tail should be carried below the topline when the dog is standing.
UKC
Either natural, docked short or a natural bob tail. If natural, the tail should be held below the topline when the dog is standing.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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Seen as a whole Very muscular. Seen from the front Upright .
UKC
Very muscular, with oblique, close fitting shoulder blades and a rather long upper arm.

Shoulder

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Oblique, fitting tightly against the thorax. Solid and apparent musculature.

Upper Arm

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Rather long and muscled.

Elbow

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Fitting close to the body but not too tightly; neither turned in nor out.

FORELEGS

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UKC
Straight and muscular, well boned but not coarse. The elbows fit close to the body and the pasterns slope very slightly.

Forearm

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Straight and muscled, with strong bone without appearing coarse.

Carpus (wrist)

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Strong.

Pastern

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Sloping very slightly in comparison to the forearm.

FEET

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UKC
Round or oval, with thick pads and tight, well arched toes and strong nails. No dewclaws.

Forefeet

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FCI
In line with the body, round or spoon shaped, pads firm and resistant, toes tight fitting and arched, strong nails.

Hind feet

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FCI
Identical to front feet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Seen as a whole Strong bone with a very apparent musculature. Seen from behind upright and parallel.
UKC
The hindquarters have strong bone with very apparent musculature.

Thigh

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FCI
Long, well muscled, well let down.

Stifle

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FCI
Strong, with good angulation between upper and lower thigh.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The upper and lower thighs are long, and there is good angulation at the stifle. The hock joint is strong and well angulated. The rear pasterns are short and vertical.

Lower thigh

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FCI
Muscled, practically as long as the upper thigh.

Hock joint

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Well let down, strong and well angulated.

Rear pastern

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Vertical and strong, without any deviation.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Strides of average reach. When hunting, the gait is a sustained gallop, balanced and supple.
UKC
Strides of average reach at the trot. When hunting, the gait is a sustained gallop, balanced and supple.

SKIN

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FCI
Supple, without being too thin, without folds.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Fine, dense and short; a little coarser, and sometimes longer, on the back. On the head and ears, the hair must be finer and shorter.
UKC
Fine, dense and short, though sometimes a little coarser and longer on the back. On the head and ears, the hair must be finer and shorter.

COLOUR

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FCI

The white patching is very invasive, with fine brown ticking (formerly called “wine dregs”) or fawn flecking (formerly called “peach blossom”) and all variants.
The ear is generally the same colour as the ground colour and more or less ticked. An intimate mix of white and coloured hairs, giving an overall roan colour, is also accepted.
On the head, as for the body, coloured patches are only accepted in small numbers and sizes.
UKC
White, with fine brown or fawn ticking. Overall roaning is also accepted. Solid patches of color are accepted only in small numbers and sizes.

SIZE

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Height at withers

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FCI

Height at the withers Dogs 51 – 57 cm
Bitches 48 – 55 cm
Tolerance of +/- 1cm
UKC
Height for males is 20 to 22.5 inches at the withers. For females, it is 19 to 21.5 inches. There is a tolerance of one half inch in either direction.

FAULTS

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FCI

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.
Faults in general build: Long assembly. Ears too long and too curled inwards.

SERIOUS FAULTS

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Overall build, too heavy or light boned. Stocky appearance.
Head disproportioned in comparison to the body.
Muzzle pointed and pinched. Lips too important, forming a square muzzle.
Eyes too light.
Coat with too large patches of colour. Overwhelming patches on the head.
Height over or below standard (+/- 2 cm)
UKC

Muzzle: Square muzzle.
Eyes: Light eyes.
Color: Coat with too large patches of color. Heavily colored (patched) head.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

Aggressive or overly shy.
Cranio-facial lines converging towards the front. Bridge of the nose distinctively convex.
Overshot or undershot, with lack of contact between incisors.
Incisor arcade deviated.
Xiphoid process deviated inwards.
Presence of dewclaws or evidence of their removal.
Presence of black (hair or nose)
Hair long and coarse
Coat entirely white. Any colour not conform to standard.
Height at withers over or below standard (+/- 3 cms)
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Undershot or overshot, lacking contact of the incisors. Black nose. Presence of rear dewclaws or evidence of their removal. Long, coarse coat. Any black in coat. Any color other than described in the standard
Teeth: Undershot or overshot, lacking contact of the incisors.
Nose: Black nose.
Feet: Presence of dewclaws, or evidence of their removal.
Coat: Long, coarse coat.
Color: Any black in coat. Any color other than described in the standard.


Anatomical Features of the dog

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