Saint Germain Pointer

Other names: Braque Saint-Germain, Saint-Germain Pointing Dog

Saint Germain Pointer

A versatile working dog that is used for both pointing, hunting, flushing and retrieving game. The Braque Saint-Germain works with various types of game, including pheasants and rabbits. Although generally known as hunting dogs, they are also popular as show dogs, with their very specific and uniform appearance.

Key facts about the Saint Germain Pointer

Life expectancy :

7

19

12

14

Temperament :

Intelligent Hunter

Size :

Origins and history

The Braque Saint-Germain breed first began during the 1830s by breeding the Braque Francais and the English Pointer. It is known that King Charles X was gifted 2 Pointer dogs, one of whom, known as Miss, was used for breeding with a Braque Francais male. Initially, the breed was named Compiegne Pointers as a result of the kennel location, but later when they relocated to the Saint-Germain region, the breed took up this name. In 2006, the UK Kennel Club granted full recognition to the breed within their gun dog group. 

FCI breed nomenclature

FCI Group

Group 7 - Pointing Dogs

Section

Section 1 : Continental Pointing Dogs

Physical characteristics of the Saint Germain Pointer

Adult size

Female : Between 21 and 23 in

Male : Between 22 and 24 in

Weight

Female : Between 44 and 55 lb

Male : Between 44 and 55 lb

Coat colour

White
Red

Type of coat

Short

Eye colour

Brown

Description

The Braque Saint-Germain is a medium sized dog with an athletic body and heavy bone structure. With a tucked-up tummy, a deep chest, a level backbone and a long, arched neckline. This breed has ears that hang down beside their heads and tapered, low set tails. 

Good to know

The Braque Saint-Germain is bigger boned and thicker skinned than his relative, the French Pointer. Likewise, he is also considered to be a faster runner than the French Pointer. However, one point to note is that the Braque Saint-Germain is the only breed of pointing dog that does not have his tail docked. 

Temperament

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    Affectionate

    As a family dog, the Braque Saint-Germain responds better when living indoors with the company of humans. Once they form a close bond with a person, trust will develop and the dog will be particularly affectionate towards this person.

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    Playful

    These affectionate, friendly and easy going dogs are well suited to be in the company of children. They rarely show any aggression, are very playful and are also known to be face-lickers!

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    Calm

    Certainly a very calm breed, showing no signs of an aggressive nature at all. 

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    Intelligent

    The Braque Saint-Germain is an intelligent dog, who is easy to train. While he excels in the show ring, he is primarily a working dog. 

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    Hunter

    Having an inbuilt prey drive, the Braque Saint-Germain is a hunting dog, often working in packs. The dog should have a “soft mouth” so that he won’t hurt or damage any game birds that he retrieves. 

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    Fearful / wary of strangers

    A very sociable breed who will get along fine with strangers and children too. 

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    Independent

    The Braque Saint-Germain is a very social dog, who also works well in a pack of other sporting dogs. Not the most independent of breeds.

    Behaviour of the Saint Germain Pointer

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      Tolerates solitude

      This dog much prefers the company of others. If left alone, separation anxiety can arise, leading to destructive behaviours. 

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      Easy to train / obedience

      This is a very eager and willing dog, who loves the challenge of learning new things. He is happiest when focusing on hunting and retrieving tasks, that come most naturally to the Braque Saint-Germain.

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      Barking

      The Braque Saint-Germain will alert you to any new people in the vicinity, with a bark, although he tends not to show any aggression at all. 

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      Tendency to run away

      Although he doesn’t tend to escape from his home situation, when out in the hunting field, the Braque Saint-Germain will give chase to any game birds. 

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