Saint Germain Pointer
Other names: Braque Saint-Germain, Saint-Germain Pointing Dog
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
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
Group 7 - Pointing Dogs
Section 1 : Continental Pointing Dogs
Physical characteristics of the Saint Germain Pointer
Female : Between 21 and 23 in
Male : Between 22 and 24 in
Female : Between 44 and 55 lb
Male : Between 44 and 55 lb
White and orange.
Type of coat
The Braque Saint-Germain has a short, sleek coat.
Amber to golden.
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.
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.
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!
Certainly a very calm breed, showing no signs of an aggressive nature at all.
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.
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.
Fearful / wary of strangers
A very sociable breed who will get along fine with strangers and children too.
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
This dog much prefers the company of others. If left alone, separation anxiety can arise, leading to destructive behaviours.
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.
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.