Dog Breed Group: Gun Dog
Life Span: 11-14 years
Weight: Male: 20-27, Female: 20-21.5
Height: Male: 22-24, Female: 20-22
Origin of Name: The Braque d'Auvergne is a breed of dog originating in the mountain area of Cantal.
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The Brac d'Avargne was developed in an era before keeping written records of dog breeding. As a result, much of its early history has been lost over time. It is known to ensure that this breed was one of the oldest local breeds of French Braque, and it developed in the region of Auvergne before the end of the 1700s. Braque d’Auvergne, a breed of Braque, is a term used to describe a group of closely related smooth-coated French pointing dogs.
While there is substantial controversy between fundamentalists and canine historians, it is almost universally accepted that the Brac Frankis (Gascogne) was the original Brac breed, and that all other Brac are primarily its descendants. There are two major theories about the origin of Brac Frankis (Gascogne). Many claim that it evolved from Chien d'Aosel, a bird like spaniel that was once common in the south of France. If this is the case, then crosses with French schenhydes such as the Grand Sleau de Gascogne and Petit Blu de Gascogne were certainly used to refine the breed. Others believe that the Brac francis (Gascogne) was created by crossing Spanish and Italian pointing dogs such as the now extinct Spanish Pointer and Broca Italian. Similar dogs are considered ancestors of the English pointer. Although, the breed was developed, Brac francis (Gascogne) became very popular with hunters throughout France, and was ubiquitous throughout the country until the late 1600s.
France is a large country by European standards, and has incredibly diverse climatic, geographic, environmental, floral, and zoological features. Different regions of France require very different Hunting Dogs. Because of this, Brac francis (Gascogne) was crossed throughout France with mainly local Hunting Dogs, mainly from scannhydes. This resulted in the production of many unique Brac breeds. One of these was the oldest, and perhaps the oldest, Braque d'Auvergne. Brac d'Avargne appears for the first time in historical records in the 1700s. It is not clear whether the Brac d'uvergne was developed entirely from the local Brac Francais (Gascognes) or whether it was developed by crossing Braque Francais (Gascogne) with local dogs. If other breeds were used, the Grand Balleau de Gascogne and Petit Blu de Gascogne are most likely based on the coat color shared with the Braque d'Avargne. Ourgane itself is divided into several sub-regions, one of which is Cantal (often referred to as Chantal in English). Cantal is home to a large number of Puisés, and possibly the most rural area in the whole of France. The Brac d'Auvergne is particularly associated with the cantal, where it has traditionally been more common than elsewhere.