All of our breeding dogs are PennHip Tested, are hunted regularly in South Dakota, and are professionally trained to ensure they have the skills we desire before we breed them. We will not breed any female until she is a minimum of two years old. Our breeding cycles are done with guidance from a sporting dog veterinarian for their well-being. We rotate having three to five pointers living in our house at any given moment. While the others reside in a very large fenced-in area adjacent to our home with a specially-built building for their comfort. We live on ten acres—the majority of it is in alfalfa—so we have a lot of room for our dogs to run and to keep them sharp on their training. As many of our friends and family members would attest, these are some of the most pampered dogs alive thanks to Amber!

History of the Breed

The Braque du Bourbonnais (pronounced brock-do-bor-bon-nay) is a breed which dates back to the late 1500’s in France. The word Braque is derived from a French verb, which means to aim or point. It can also be translated as pointer. The breed can be found in the pages of French literature and was known for its amazing hunting instincts. It is thought that the Braque du Bourbonnais originated from the early Spanish pointer. The name of French pointers reflects the region where they were developed. This pointer, the Braque du Bourbonnais is from the Province of Bourbon, a region of central France.

Back in the 1500’s the Braque du Bourbonnais was described as a willing, hunting partner who is very hardy and strong looking. The breed is tailless or has a very short
tail. There are two colors of Braque du Bourbonnais, ticked liver (also known as wine dregs) or fawn (also known as peach blossom). The Braque du Bourbonnais was never a very common breed and adherence to strict breed requirements nearly drove the breed to extinction.

In 1925, the first Braque du Bourbonnais club was formed by a group of dedicated breeders. They published the first standards in 1930. Along came WWII and all of the progress made by the Braque du Bourbonnais club was decimated. The breed was dropped by the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) for lack of breeder activity.

No Braque du Bourbonnais were registered from 1963 to 1973 because of strict adherence to color requirements and a naturally tailless dog. It appears that because of these stringent requirements, breeders lost interest. In 1970, Michel Comte and a group of breeders banded together to ensure the survival of the breed. A second club was formed in 1982 and in 1985, the Braque du Bourbonnais was recognized by the Society Centrale Canine (SCC) which is the French affiliate of the FCI. The goal of bringing back the Braque du Bourbonnais has been achieved because the breed standard was relaxed. Spots and docked tails are now acceptable and the breed has been fully restored and a Braque du Bourbonnais Club of America has been formed. Today Michael Comte, Michel’s son, maintains the French website and keeps track of all Bourbonnais born in the world.

The Braque du Bourbonnais is truly the versatile gun dog that every hunter is looking for. This dog has a very keen nose, an eagerness to retrieve, an intense pointing
instinct and the energy to track wounded game. All of this plus a calm demeanor make this breed an ideal family companion.

The Braque du Bourbonnais was imported into the United States in 1988. In 1989, Beth Cepil of New Tripoli, PA imported three dogs from France. She produced her first litter of Braques in 1991.

Sioux Ridge Pointers is dedicated to continuing this breed in the United States and providing these wonderful companions to good hunting homes.