Auvergne Pointer

Other names: Braque d'Auvergne, Bleu d'Auvergne

Auvergne Pointer

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

Life expectancy :

6

18

11

13

Temperament :

Affectionate Calm Intelligent Hunter

Size :

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 Group

FCI Group

Group 7 - Pointing Dogs

Section

Section 1 : Continental Pointing Dogs

Physical characteristics of the Auvergne Pointer

    Adult size

    Female dog : Between 22 and 25 in

    Male dog : Between 21 and 23 in

    Weight

    Female dog : Between 49 and 55 lb

    Male dog : Between 49 and 55 lb

    Coat colour

    Black

    Type of coat

    Short

    Eye colour

    Brown

    Description

    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. 

    Temperament

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      Affectionate

      This breed has an affectionate and lively personality, which certainly makes him a good choice for a family dog.

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      Playful

      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.

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      Calm

      As a loyal companion pet, he is a calm canine who will love to lie down right next to his master.

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      Intelligent

      An intelligent breed who will respond positively to training routines and instructions.

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      Hunter

      Although a versatile gundog breed, the Auvergne Pointer is exactly this, a pointing dog who will chase but not attack his prey.

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      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.

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      Independent

      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

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        Tolerates solitude

        Because this is a dog who adores being next to his master, he tends to become anxious and upset when left alone. 

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        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. 

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        Barking

        The Auvergne Pointer isn’t known for any excessive barking habits.

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