Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website:
http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country France Other Names Braque Saint-Germain, St Germain Pointing Dog, French Pointer Life Expectancy Approximately 12-15 Years Litter Size 4-8 Puppies Breed Group FCI - Continental Pointing Dogs, UKC - Gundog
Breed Appearance He is a medium-large breed of dog, a versatile
hunter used for hunting as a gun dog and pointer as well as for
hunting other small game. Braque is a term meaning pointing dogs.
The breed was created around 1830 by crossing English and French
pointing type dogs. A typical pointer, with a medium build and an
attractive fawn and white coat, drop ears, and a long tail which is
held level while the dog is working.
Breed Description Head: Finely chiseled. Broad skull.
Prominent occipital peak. Pronounced stop. Nosebridge long and
straight or slightly domed. Thin, pink lips. Wide, dark pink nose. Ears: Pendulous, longer than in the English Pointer, supple,
standing well out from the head. Eyes: Fairly large, golden yellow. Body: Well-proportioned. Solid, fairly long neck. Broad, deep
chest let-down to the elbow. Powerful, fairly short, slightly arched
loin. Tail: Thick at the base, very thin at the tip. Carried level to
the ground. This is the only pointer whose tail does not have to be
docked. Hair: Short, not too fine, but never hard. Coat: Dull white with bright orange spots. Orange may be mixed
with some white hairs. Some spotting is tolerated. Size: Dog: 50 to 62 cm (19.7-24.4 in). Bitch: 54 to 59 cm
(21-23 in). Weight: 18 to 26 kg (40-57,5lb).
History The Saint Germain Pointing Dog was developed
around 1830 from French pointers descended from the royal packs of
King Louis XV and the English Pointer, brought to France by Mr. de
Girardin, a master huntsman for King Charles X. The products of this
cross were bred by the keepers of Saint-Germain-en-Laye Forest, for
which the breed was named. This English-French blend is the most
elegant of the French pointers. Although very common in the early
twentieth century, the breed is now relatively rare because it is
not very widespread and it competes with the English Pointer, a dog
similar in appearance and aptitudes.
Behavior The enthusiastic, swift, sometimes obstinate
the Saint Germain Pointing Dog excels in the fields and woods and
even in swampland, although the cold temperatures should be avoided.
More predictable than the English Pointer but faster than the French
Pointing Dog, he is a good runner with a wide search range. He is
used especially on pheasant and rabbit. Gentle, affectionate, and
very attached to his owner, he makes a good pet. He needs firm but
Health No unusual health problems or claims of
extraordinary health have been documented for this breed.
Advice If he lives in the city, he needs long, daily
walks. He tolerates heat well. He needs regular brushing and
attention to the ears.