The Braque Francais
The Braque Franšais originated in France in the 17th Century. It is one of the oldest breed of pointing dogs of this country.
The Braque Franšais is a dog with a mild and easygoing character, very intelligent, but does not take kindly to the English regiment or Prussian-type training. Our dogs want to understand by themselves what we expect from them, but in general have the drawback of not taking too well to rough handling. They assert themselves immediately, and practically train themselves to please their master, but accept poorly from the latter any punishments that they consider unfair.
Our "Smaller Type" breed has a style slightly different from that of the "Heavier Type." The smaller ones are generally more fiery and fast, a throwback to their ancestors, whom the Ancient Writers would describe as appearing to be flying across the hunting grounds. However, our two varieties never seem to work "English style". In general, there is nothing theatrical about them, no excessive speed, nor exaggerated stillness. Our dogs give the appearance of conserving their strength to the maximum as if they labor to an Achievement Scale. When they start off, they seem to be going for half a run instead of a 100 meter race. We always have the impression that they are leaving to hunt for a full day and not to provide us with a 15 minute show.
On point they are very steady but not overly cataleptic. Our dogs retain all of their alertness which facilitates the possibility of a reasonable run in an orderly manner when the handler cannot get to the game because of an impassable obstacle.
The Braque Franšais, while working with its wits and instinct, must never give the impression that it has been mechanically trained or broken. If it detours and even if it slows down or goes by a certain spot again, it is because it has sensed that it may have passed by game and may startle it. This characteristic, as well as ground control, although brief and justifiable, must not be considered as a fault, on the contrary.
The head (carriage) should not be too rigid, but changing, which means it must seek for scent, in whatever conditions it finds itself.
Its gait is supple and sparing and sometimes could be interspersed with trotting when it has doubts regarding a weak scent. On point, the angle of the tail may be at "ten after eight."
To give the impression of joyful hunting, the tail can wag during the quest and approach of game, but should not flag on point. The manner in which injured game is found is far more important and useful than the style used while retrieving.
The trail could be balmy, nose in the air, and galloping if the smell is strong and above ground. On the other hand, it should use small steps, and nose held to the ground if scent is closer to the ground, and hunt upwind if scenting conditions are difficult.
A gentle mouth is sought after.
The Braque Franšais is not sensitive to heat, dryness and thirst.
We should not stereotype the style to impose, because there often exists in each family slight differences which gives them a special character.
In conclusion, the Braque Franšais should be considered as a pleasant contributor, intelligent and practical for enduring work.
That in itself should be the basis of your true selection.
The Braque Francais is a hunter first, it was born to hunt and it must hunt.
The Gascogne type: 22 to 27 inches
Weight: 55 - 70 pounds
The Pyrenees type: 18 1/2 to 23 inches
Weight: 39 1/2 - 55 pounds
Color: White w/brown patches, white w/brown and speckled and sometimes entirely chestnut.
Reference: Club du Braque Franšais