Original Name : Braque Saint Germain
Type : Braccoid
Male size : 22-24½ inches
Female size : 21¼-23¼ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : France
Braque Saint Germains are pointers that are mainly used to hunt game birds, although other game animals are also occasionally within their remit. Highly sociable, well balanced and affectionate with humans, Braque Saint Germains like family life but they are first and foremost hunters. They prefer pheasant, partridge and woodcock, which they retrieve with great care. They are easy to train, although they do not like to be rushed.
Slightly domed skull, cone-shaped at the back, with prominent occiput, fairly slight zygomatic arcade and underdeveloped stop.
Level back, broad, robust, fairly short loins, slightly sloping croup, long, deep and broad chest.
Dull white with orange (fawn) markings, some mottling tolerated but not sought after, fawn ears.
Rounded at the tip, slightly detached from the head.
Set fairly low, reaching no farther than the point of the hock, thick at the base, ending in a point.
Short, not too fine.
Braque Saint Germains are the offspring of cross-breeding a English and a continental pointer. This occurred around 1830 at the royal kennels at Compiègne, which soon relocated to Saint Germain en Laye in west Paris. The breed was very fashionable until around a century ago, when it was the most common pointer at the first dog shows. The breed club was formed in March 1913.
The breed was originally named the Braque de Compiègne after the place where the first litter was born, but when the kennel moved to Saint-Germain en Laye the name was also changed.