The braque d’Auvergne is a rare breed from Cantal, a mountainous province in south-central France. Although it has been used as an all-round hunter for more than 200 years, it was only recently recognised as a distinct breed in France and the UK.
This breed is strong and substantial, with a large black head, long ears and a glossy white coat with black mottling. It is a natural hunter that works closely with its owner at a slower pace than other pointing dogs, enabling it to follow long trails of scent through heavy cover and woodland. Sensitive and affectionate, it integrates well in family life and is considered gentle and patient with children and friendly towards other dogs, although it has a strong prey drive towards smaller pets.
In the UK this versatile gundog can be used for rough and walked-up shooting as well as picking up or beating at the local shoot.