General Information

Dog NameBraque Francais Pyrenean
Other Namesde Petite Taille
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePointer Dog
Country of OriginFrance

Physical And Size

Min Life Span12
Max Life Span16
Min Ideal Weight for male14
Max Ideal Weight for male15
Min Ideal Weight for female14
Max Ideal Weight for male15


Intelligent Rank
Affection Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability


TemperamentFriendly, Intelligent, Eager to please
Prey DriveYes
Fighting DogNo


Stranger FriendlyMedium
Child FriendlyHigh
Cat FriendlyMedium
Apartment FriendlyLow
Senior Citizens FriendlyLow
Service DogLow
Search and Rescue DogLow
Biting PotentialLow
Country of OriginFrance
Nicknames and Other NamesBraque Francais, de Petite Taille
French Pointing Dog- Pyrenean Type,
Scientific NameCanis lupus familiaris
Breed TypePointer dog (gun dog)
GroupSporting Dog
Bred ForPointing, Hunting, Retrieving
Recognized ByAKC, CKC, UKC, FCI
Life Span12-16 years
Ideal Weight35-55 pounds (male and female)
Ideal HeightMale: 19-22 inches
Female: 19-23 inches
Fur TypeShort and dense
Common ColorsWhite and Chestnut, Chestnut
MarkingsRoan, Ticked, Tan points
AvailabilityCommonly available
Suitable for ApartmentsModerately suitable
Used in World WarNo
Most Similar ToBraque Francais Gascogne

The hunting dog Braque Francais Pyrenean along with its hunting ability is also recognized as a loving family companion. He can be a good choice for families with children if he is properly trained.

Although they are known to be wonderful companions and family pets, they are better suited to a family who is familiar with the needs of an intelligent, active dog. They need a lot of daily physical exercise to be truly happy.


The Braque Francais Pyrenean breed was originated in the south of France. This breed is very similar to Braque Francais Gascogne and until the mid of 19th century, they both were considered one. They were spilled into two distinct breeds. The Gascogne was considered to be the large breed with a thick coat and squarer muzzle and the Pyrenean considered to be the smaller one with finer coat and more mottled brown in its coloring.

The Braque Francais Pyrenean was known to be smaller, agile and capable of hunting in the high mountainous terrains. They are considered to be a rare breed and not many of them are found outside of France.

The Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) and North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association (NAVHDA) were the first clubs to recognize the Braque Francais Pyrenean outside of Europe.

The United Kennel Club (UKC) was next to recognize the Braque Francais Pyrenean.

Are They Child-Friendly?

Braque Francais Pyrenean, hunting dogs are known to be fun-loving and people-oriented breed, they like nothing more than to be a part of the family and therefore they get on well with children of any age group.

But as an instruction, any interaction between kids and dog must always be supervised by an adult to make sure that playtime does not get too boisterous which could end up with someone getting scared or hurt.

Behavior, Temperament and Personality

With very active, energetic and inquisitive temperament these hunting dogs are considered as very hard-working dog breeds. They have a huge amount of stamina to boast, very happy if kept busy by their owner.

They are very affectionate and kind natured dogs and tend to form a strong bond with their owner and the person with whom they spend most of their time.

They have an amazing sense of smell, it means when you are out with him he can easily pick up an interesting scent, therefore, it is extremely important for you to teach them a strong “recall” command so they come back when they are called no matter how interesting the scent would be.


The Braque Francais Pyrenean is known to be quick learners and they enjoy every attention they are given during their training session. Being such an active and intelligent dogs they require the right amount of daily physical exercise and stimulation for them to maintain their all-rounder and obedient characters.

They may not be the best choice for first-time owners, as to train and handle them they need someone who is familiar with such a hardworking breed.


Some interesting facts about Braque:

  • Braque Francais Pyrenean breed is known as the Bleu d’Auvergne in their native France.
  • The Braque is often mistaken for being a German Shorthair, but in fact, they are thought to be the ancestor of the GS.
  • The Braque Francais Pyrenean is not an ideal watchdog since he is not overly territorial and loves to meet new people.

Health Issues

General HealthHealthy
Common Health IssuesHip Dysplasia, Entropion, Pulmonic Stenosis,
Ectropion, Cherry Eyes, Patellar Luxation
Vaccination RequiredCanine Parainfluenza, Kennel Cough,
Rabies, Canine Distemper,
Canine Parvovirus, Leptospirosis,
Canine Coronavirus
SheddingModerate Shedding
GroomingEasy and Minimal Required
Weight Gain PotentialLow to Average
Separation AnxietyHigh Chance
Diets and SupplementsProtein: 25%-30%
Fat: 7%
Fish Oil

Like so many other breeds, the Braque is known to suffer from some hereditary health issues, such as:

  • Hip dysplasia – dogs should be hip scored through the Animal Health
  • Trust (AHT)
  • Joint problems
  • Patellar luxation
  • Aortic stenosis
  • Cataracts
  • Cherry eye

Coat Color Of Braque

The Braque are medium-large sized dogs with long legs and long deop ears. Their coat is short and often seen in colors, such as:

  • Chestnut brow
  • White Speckled with brown.

Puppy Care

If you are owning a Braque puppy than you need make sure that you are following the vaccination schedule in the the timely manner.

Before owning a Braque puppy, its essential for your homes and gardens to be puppy-proofed well in advance before their arrival.

Braque puppies are very sensitive to noise, so it is important to keep the noise level down when a Braque puppy arrives in a home. It would be better for your puppy if you keep TVs and music sounds low as much as possible. Or it may end-up your small puppy being withdrawn, timid, shy

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