What do the Braque Saint-Germain, Braque d’Auvergne, Braque de l’Ariege, Braque Du Bourbonnais, and Braque Français have in common?

There are three obvious answers: Because this is a page that celebrates purebred dogs, they must all be purebred dogs, right?  They’re also all French names that all include the word, “Braque.”

There is one more answer here. They are all shorthaired pointers because “Braque” basically means “shorthaired pointing dog.” The other name appearing with “Braque” is typically the name of the breed’s origin.

The next time you’re skimming through a book of dog breeds and come across a “braque,” now you’ll know without even seeing a picture of the dog that it’s going to be a shorthaired pointer. Predictability: It’s a beautiful thing. The picture here, by the way, is of a Braque d’Auvergne, a breed of ancient origins known for at least two centuries in the Cantal region.

Photo of a three year old Braque d’Auvergne/Deposit Photo

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