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The Braque Saint-Germain (FCI No. 115)
(translated into English as the St. Germain Pointing
Dog) 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.
The Braque Saint-Germain stands 56 to 62 cm (22 - 24.4 ins) at the
withers, females somewhat
Pointer of Saint-Germain circa 1915
Bred first in the royal kennels at Compiègne around 1830 from a mix of English
and Continental pointers, the breed grew in fame in Saint Germain en Laye, where it received
its name. Although a popular hunting dog, the breed achieved its
greatest fame as a showdog. Starting from the first dog show
in France in 1863, it was the most shown pointing breed..
The French breed club was established in 1913. The breed is
recognised internationally by the Fédération
Cynologique Internationale in Group 7, Pointing Dogs, Section
1.1 Continental Type Pointing Dog. It is also recognised in North
America by the United Kennel Club as of 2006. The
breed is also recognized by a number of minor registries, hunting
clubs, and internet-based dog registry businesses, and promoted as
breed for those seeking a unique pet.
No unusual health problems or claims of extraordinary health
have been documented for this breed. Temperament is described in
the breed standard as having a soft mouth (for retrieving without
damaging the game), handles rough treatment well, and is a "hunter
above all" that appreciates living with its human's family.