Other names: Braque d'Auvergne, Bleu d'Auvergne
This all-purpose gun dog, the Auvergne Pointer, is also an obedient and sweet-tempered companion dog. Although it’s not massively popular outside of France, it certainly looks very similar to other Pointer breeds. If you are looking for a family dog that is known to be affectionate and gentle too, look no further than the Auvergne Pointer.
Key facts about the Auvergne Pointer
Origins and history
Although the exact heritage of the Braque d'Auvergne breed isn’t documented, it is certainly an old breed developed during the 1700s in France. During the 1600s, the Braque Francais breed was very popular and it is understood that this breed was crossed with other scenting and working dogs in the Braque region. The Auvergne Pointer breed was recognised by the UK Kennel Club in 2006.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 7 - Pointing Dogs
Section 1 : Continental Pointing Dogs
Physical characteristics of the Auvergne Pointer
Female : Between 22 and 25 in
Male : Between 21 and 23 in
Female : Between 49 and 55 lb
Male : Between 49 and 55 lb
White with black all-over body markings giving a blue tinge.
Type of coat
This dog has a smooth, short coat, with a glossy appearance. While white with black markings is the only acceptable coat colouring, the markings may be ticked or roan.
The Auvergne Pointer dog has a noble appearance, with a large, rectangular body contour. The dog’s facial shape where the skull and muzzle are not parallel gives the dog a Roman-type nose. The dog’s ears hang down and have rounded edges. The dog has a muscular body, while he carries his tail quite high and horizontal. His strong legs will carry him over long distances and many terrains.
Good to know
Although often used and bred as a working and pointing dog, the Braque d'Auvergne does not like working independently, much preferring to instinctively understand his master’s requirements and to respond effectively. Because of this, together with his eagerness to learn, he is the ideal candidate for working trials and agility tests.
This breed has an affectionate and lively personality, which certainly makes him a good choice for a family dog.
As an affectionate dog, the Auvergne Pointer will dote on any children in the home. He is equally just as playful, friendly, patient and gentle with them.
As a loyal companion pet, he is a calm canine who will love to lie down right next to his master.
An intelligent breed who will respond positively to training routines and instructions.
Although a versatile gundog breed, the Auvergne Pointer is exactly this, a pointing dog who will chase but not attack his prey.
Fearful / wary of strangers
In the first stages of meeting a new person, this dog is likely to be polite, but rather wary. However, once the initial shyness is overcome, he will make friends very easily.
As a pointing breed who works quite close to his master when hunting, the Auvergne Pointer isn’t overly independent.
Behaviour of the Auvergne Pointer
Because this is a dog who adores being next to his master, he tends to become anxious and upset when left alone.
Easy to train / obedience
As a very intelligent canine, the Braque d'Auvergne learns quickly and responds to training routines. Hunting routines come naturally to him and rarely need to be taught. However, this dog needs to be active so bear this in mind and keep him engaged with varied activities and tasks.
The Auvergne Pointer isn’t known for any excessive barking habits.