Tailless pointer, Bourbonnais pointing dog
The ancestor of this breed, no doubt, was a French pointing dog. However, experts believe that in the formation of the conformation of these dogs and Spanish roots. Thoroughly know the place, the time of its release, and also the name of the author of the creation of Bourbon Bracco. These hunting dogs brought by the Italian breeder, Aldovrandi. He worked in the French province of Bourbonnais. In 1589 breeder wrote an extensive encyclopedia about the different breeds of dogs, which devoted a whole article to their students – to the Bourbonnais pointers.
Illustrations to this work Aldovrandi, as well as numerous portraits to the paintings of masters show that the Bourbonnais pointing dog of the XVI century was no different from the modern one. Also left unchanged its excellent hunting qualities. He gained fame as a gun dog, goes well on the trail, tireless in pursuit of the beast. It is equally well as hunts for grouse and woodcock, and wild game in the forest. However, he's a devoted and obedient companion.
In comparison with other pointers breed of pointing dog, Bourbonnais looks more elegant and graceful. For her representatives and was honored to be admitted to the court. For a long time they participated in the Royal hunts, and even became the symbol of the power of the French monarchy. This served the dog a disservice in the future. The French revolution was a test for the breed because it the common people harbored hostility. Only in the era of the Restoration, along with revival of the monarchy, efforts were made to restore and its symbol – the Bourbonnais pointing dog.
But still this breed is considered rare. To buy a puppy only from breeders who give the dog only in the hands of the hunter. Thus they care about the safety and development of office properties. So what is it — the Bourbonnais pointing dog? His appearance sufficiently expressive. It's a dog of medium height. Males reach a height at the withers 51-57 cm, bitches – 48-54 see They are massive, but not heavy – up to 25 and 22 pounds respectively. Allowed only two types of color: white background with beige gray specks, or brown with purplish sheen. A distinctive feature of the breed is tailless (allowed up to 15 cm) tail. If it is longer, this part of the body cropped.
Character Bourbonnais pointing dog is angelic. He is intelligent, discreet, sociable. Loves all Pets, very obedient. Well see the difference between game and domestic animals, so will not bring his master any trouble. Perhaps in pursuit of (or rather, sniffing) of production, he was inefficient, but it compensates its hard work, perseverance and diligence.
The Bourbonnais pointing dog is not "pedigree of disease". Representatives of the breed live on average 13-15 years. For healthy living and full disclosure of working qualities it is best to keep the dog outside the city. Pointing dog needs long walks, especially at a young age. For short and thin hair do not need a thorough grooming – brushing once a week is enough. If too strict taming, or the lack of attention the dog may exhibit resentment. But, fortunately, bracci forgiving.