Rare breeds

Group 7: Continental pointers
Other name: Dupuy Pointer
Native country: France

A very old breed, known since the 18th century, named after the breeder in Poitou who created it. The Braque Dupuy is said to be a cross between the old Braque Francais and the Greyhound or the Sloughi. It was very widespread in Poitou and the west of France at the beginning of the 20th century. It has now practically disappeared.

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The Braque Dupuy in brief

Head
Long, narrow, fine, lean. Long, narrow, domed skull. Very pronounced occiput. No stop. Long, narrow hook muzzle. Broad, dark brown nose. Fine, lean, close lips.

Eyes
Golden or brown.

Ears
Rather long, narrow, very fine and supple, sparkling and set slightly back.

Body
Slender. Very long, light, fine neck without dewlap. Very clear withers. High, deep, well descended chest. Flat ribs. Well supported back. Slightly arched powerful, rather short-coupled loins. Highly developed sternum. Slightly hollow, turned up flanks.

Limbs
Strong, bony. Very lean, elongated feet. Toes close together.

Tail
Medium thickness, fairly long, carried low or very slightly curved. Quite well furnished with hair.

Coat
Fairly short, always smooth. Close and very fine on head and ears. Rough to the touch on back and loins.

Colour
White and dark brown. Foundation of beautiful white with fairly big brown markings or brown mantle with or without brown spots, mottling mainly on the front limbs.

Height
Male: 26-26¾ inches (67-68cm)
Female: 25½-26 inches (65-66cm)

Weight
Around 66lbs (30 kg)

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Character, aptitudes, training

This fast, supple dog was a very good pointer with a very fine sense of smell, which was valued as a hunting dog in open country.

Advice
It is well suited to rural life.

Purpose
Gun dog.

 

The Griffon Boulet in brief

Head
Bushy look. Long, broad, square muzzle with heavy moustache. Blond or brown nose.

Eyes
Yellow. Bushy eyebrows can cover the eyes slightly.

Ears
Set fairly low, drop, slightly rolled, covered with smooth or wavy hair.

Body
Compact. Slightly longer than average neck. Broad, deep chest. Strong loins.

Limbs
Strong, muscular. Slightly elongated toes.

Tail
Straight, carried well, no feathering.

Coat
Long, semi-silky, smooth or wavy, never curly.

Colour
Dead-leaf brown with or without white, but no big white patches.

Height
Male: 21½-23½ inches (55-60cm)
Female: 19½-21½ inches (50-55cm)

Weight
44-55lbs (20-25kg)

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Character, aptitudes, training

Very hardy, with an excellent nose, the Griffon Boulet is very good in wood and marshland. It is well protected by its coat, so it is not afraid of the cold or bad weather. It works slowly but methodically over a limited area. It is a pleasant companion.

Advice
It needs plenty of space and exercise. Regular brushing.

Purpose
Gun dog, companion dog.

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