Wingshot Kennels

providing Braque Francais puppies

~~A versatile breed for versatile people~~


At your 1st glance you will think,

"oh it's a German Shorthair Pointer.....but, it's smaller...what happened??"   

Well, it's actually a Braque Francais--a French Pointer.  

There are 2 primary traits that make Braque Francais-Pyrenees highly desirable in the home; their calm, quiet easy going temperament and their size. The Braque Francais personality is considered to be submissive, friendly, very sociable, gentle, affectionate and loyal to it‘s family. He is very intelligent but sensitive so positive reinforcement training definitely does better for the Braque Francais than harsh methods. Socialization and mental stimulation are recommended for this breed in order to have a great companion and family member. Temperament of individual dogs can vary, and all puppies should be well socialized with people and other animals at an early age. The Braque Francais needs to spend a lot of time outside getting exercise daily if possible. A large fenced-in yard is adequate but a larger area to run is desirable occasionally . A happy Braque Francais needs to be well loved and given lots of exercise.

The Braque Francais is a perfect choice for the novice or experienced hunter who intends for his dog to be the family pet and a hunting dog. The dog has been described as a “couch potato” who really comes alive in the field. Pyrénées-types are spirited, impetuous and fast on the ground. In the field, what makes a Braque Francais-Pyrenees desirable is their fluid efficient stride. That along with their smaller stature allows them to cover a lot of ground over long periods of time without becoming exhausted. Their extraordinary sense of smell, natural retrieving instincts and their superior intelligence allows them to be trained quickly & easily. The Braque is known for his soft mouth and is a natural in the field. He is an excellent tracker and hunting dog, a good retriever and a hard worker. The Braque Francais is not just a pointer, but is a versatile hunting dog that can retrieve, flush, and even trail game in all sorts of terrain. The Pyrenees’ reduced size gives us an animated, nimble and quick moving dog that is a pleasure to watch. The breed’s sensitivity demands care in training. This is perhaps the primary difference between the Braque Francais and the other pointing dogs. The breed responds better to a “soft hand” approach than to strict discipline. The breed is ideal for the rookie handler who has never owned a gun dog. They develop into satisfactory hunting companions without elaborate training beyond a few basic commands, dummy retrieving and exposure to bird scent. They learn well through simple absorption of field experience. Some say the breed is “born half trained.” Braque's mature earlier than other breeds. These dogs were not brought to such early maturity through accelerated training programs, but through gentle encouragement of their natural responsiveness. This breed combines the best attributes of many other breeds into one dog–convenient coat, compact size, calm and biddable temperament, natural ability, enthusiasm for water, early maturity and versatility.

No specific diseases or claims of genetic or congenital extraordinary health deficiencies have been documented for this breed. Thus far the breed has enjoyed relative freedom from common health defects found prevalent in other breeds. Hip dysplasia and eye defects are quite uncommon.

Short History:
The Braque Francais (which translates to French Pointer in English) is one of the most ancient breeds of pointing dogs. The Braque Francais is a direct descendant of the very first pointing dog, the Spanish Pointer. The Braque Francais first became established in the Pyrenees Mountains of southern France. The first Braque Francais in North America were imported to Canada from France in the 1970’s. By the late 1980's, a few dogs found their way into the United States. They are now well-known in France and other parts of Europe, and are promoted by pointing dog enthusiasts in Canada and the U.S. The popularity of the Braque Francais in the U.S. continues to grow each year. Most of the pointing dogs of Europe can trace their lineage to a pointing dog that was first recognized in the 14th century. The original Braque Francais type of pointing dog has existed since the fifteenth century. By the 17th century, that breed had evolved into the “old style Braque Francais”, which is the ancestor to nearly all of the French pointing breeds. Local variations emerged from the old style French Pointer over time, and these breeds were often named for localities in which they were developed and each new breed took on the name of it‘s province. But the old style Braque Francais continued to live in it's pure state in a southern portion of France and the Central Pyrenees region. The breed not only contributed to all of the French pointing breeds, but also contributed to all of the shorthaired dogs of Continental Europe. In the late 1800’s the breed as we know it today began to develop. By breeding the old-style large dogs with smaller shorthaired pointing dogs, a smaller Braque Francais was produced in the Pyrenees region, just north of the Spanish border.

Types & Size:
There are two types of Braque Francais, both from the south of France — the Gascogne, Braque Francais De Grande Taille (larger); and the Pyrénées, Braque Francais, De Petite Taille - petite taille (smaller). The Pyrénées is a smaller dog than the Gascogne. The more common of the two is the Pyrénées, standing at 18-23 inches and weighing 39-53 lbs. The female is usually smaller than the male.

The Braque Francais is recognized by nearly every registry except AKC. Some of the breed’s long time fans and breeders prefer it that way. There is no such thing as a “bench Braque”–all Braques are field Braques.

Registries for the breed on this continent are:

 CKC--The Canadian Kennel Club                                                                        NAVHDA--The North American Versatile Hunting Dog Association                        FDSB -- American Field Dog Stud Book                                                            CKC--Continental Kennel Club                                                                        UKC-- United Kennel Club 

 In France: French Kennel Club (Societe Centrale Canine, SCC)                        FCI-- Federation Cynologique Internationale (World Canine Organization),         recognizes the breed but it is not a "registry".

Breed Organizations: Club du Braque Francais

Our Contact Information:

Jeff  and  Anita  Karnes                                                                              Wingshot Kennels                                                                                              245 Lakeside Lane, Alpine, Al. 35014

Phones:   Jeff)  256-404-1384        Anita)  256-404-1749                                Email --                                                               Also on Facebook  listed as  "Wingshot Kennels".