The Auvergne Pointing Dog, also known as the Braque d'Auvergne, is a medium to large breed of hunting dog that originated in the mountain area of Cantal, in the historic Auvergne region in the mid-south of France. The breed is thought to have developed in the 19th century, although its exact origins are unclear. It's believed to have descended from local hounds and possibly Spanish Pointers that were introduced into France in the 17th century. These dogs were bred for their exceptional pointing and retrieving abilities, making them valuable companions for hunters. Over the centuries, Auvergne Pointing Dogs were selected for their speed, endurance, and keen sense of smell, qualities that made them excellent at tracking and pointing game, primarily birds.
Auvergne Pointing Dogs can be affected by degenerative myelopathy, hip and elbow dysplasia, and eye disorders such as progressive rod-cone degeneration. Genetic testing for these and other conditions can assist veterinarians with diagnosis and proactive care, as well as help breeders identify affected and carrier dogs.
The Auvergne Pointing Dog is known for being calm, gentle, and good-natured. These dogs are typically friendly and sociable, with a strong desire to please their owners, which makes them highly trainable. However, they also have a high energy level and need plenty of physical exercise to keep them healthy and happy. If properly socialized, these dogs get along well with children and other animals.
The Braque d’ Auvergne was recognized by the United Kennel Club (UKC) in 2006.
According to the UKC, the Braque d’ Auvergne is a breed of ancient origins, known for over two centuries in the Cantal region.