Braque d’Auvergne FCI Standard
The Auvergne Pointer quickly spread across its original region of Auvergne and became a much preferred hunting dog for local hunters. The breed was praised for its unsurpassed robustness and ability to effectively adapt to the unique condition of its homeland. Auvergne belongs to one of the least explored areas of Western Europe. This land is renowned for its cliffy terrains and numerous extinguished volcanoes, which are commonly referred as puys. Human population in Auvergne is fairly scarce even today, which creates a favourable environment for all forms of wildlife. For centuries the Auvergne Pointer has been performing the duties of tracker, pointer, flusher and retriever of feathered game in this hunting paradise.
Despite its local popularity the Auvergne Pointer remained barely known outside of its native region. The Second World War almost drove this breed to extinction. Systematic breeding was completely neglected; many individual dogs became stray, as their masters could no longer afford to keep them. Rumours have it that only 25 specimens outlasted war’s terror.
Some of the breeds’ fanciers decided to prevent the final demise of the Auvergne Pointer and currently it is in much better shape than it was previously. At the same time the breed hasn’t yet made its way to other countries and vast majority of its members is owned for their hunting talents. The Auvergne Pointer has formal recognition of such a reputable canine organisation as the United Kennel Club (UKC).
The Auvergne Pointer generally behaves itself politely but slightly wary when it meets unknown people. But most members are glad to acquire a new friend and quickly overcome its initial bashfulness. Some dogs make an excellent watchdog while others don’t seem to have enough interest in this kind of job. In any case the breed is useless in the role of a guard dog because it would excitedly greet an intruder and invite it home before it would ever resort to necessary aggressive actions.
When correctly socialised, the Auvergne Pointer is quite tolerable of other dogs. The dog is glad to have permanent canine companion preferably of the same size and similar temperament. As one would expect it isn’t trustworthy around non-canine animals because of its intense prey drive. At the same time the breed’s responsibilities as a hunter don’t involve the necessity of a direct attack. So it can get on with a household pet (including a cat) if it has been introduced to its company in a proper manner and at an early age.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• elbow dysplasia;
• patellar luxation;
• eye problems;
• demodex mange;
• cleft lip;
• aortic stenosis.
It’s essential to carefully and regularly clean the breed’s ears, as they are prone to collect grime, debris, food and water. Be mindful that insufficient attention to cleaning procedures can lead to development of severe infections and irritation of its big drooping ears.
This athletic and obedient breed has prominent potential in such canine sports as competitive obedience, agility, and fly ball. Training techniques, which are based on harsh correction, proved to be absolutely ineffective in the work with the Auvergne Pointer. This breed becomes much more biddable if you use for its motivation its favourite treats and praise.
Because of its energetic nature the Auvergne Pointer would most likely feel itself caged in a small apartment and requires a spacious yard to move and play unrestrained. The specimen, which is deprived of proper release of its energy will demonstrate such nasty behavioural patterns as destructiveness, hyperactivity, unreasonable barking or nervousness.