Like every "braque" breed in France, the "braque du Bourbonnais" has its origins in the old continental braque, even if, by its origins and its characteristics it is the most distant of it. The stock very old since is already announced in 1580 in Bourbonnais (today department of Allier) on a facsimile from Aldrovandi (doctor and naturalist from Bologna 1522/1605, author of a true biological encyclopedia), as a dog from Bourbonnais, ticked, with short tail, skillful to hunt quail.
It is in this Allier department (former Bourbonnais province) that climate, ground, game and hunters created a "small" rustic and solid braque, giving an impression of robustness and strength, with a pear shape head and a very special coat. Special because of the spots topography, by the homogeneous mixture of the white and colored hairs. No big spot but small a liver ticked or fawn mottled coat producing a kind of farinaceous aspect said to be of "average color" in nuances going from fawn to light brown. This hue, because it is more a hue than a color, one can have it in the eye, but it is very difficult to describe it, so that different authors have spoken of faded lilac, wine dregs or peach blossom and even "thigh of nymph". It seems that this is the name of an ancient rose, white delicately tinted of pink.
The braque du Bourbonnais was called short tail braque because sometimes it is born without a tailless (anury) or more often with a small tail of less than 15 cm (brachyury).
This characteristic which was used during a long time as breed criteria is today a proof of the lineage with old lines.
Our dog is as pleasant and malleable in the house than on the ground; very attentive to orders he shows a great will to execute them.
With a very active temperament, he is very linked to his master and forms a team with him. Gifted with an excellent noise, firmness on the point, he retrieves well and very often does it naturally; his gallop is powerful, sustained without weakness, some trot sequences sometimes enable him to adapt to the terrain. He explores the terrain with method, without too much nervousness but with a lot of dedication. He is a serious auxiliary, who can have good results in field trials opened to every pointing dog.