ABOVE PHOTO: Larry, Brock & Lanie

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. We have continued the amazing Phantom line that Beth Cepil bred back in the


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.


Cactus Country Kennels is dedicated to continuing this breed in the United States and
providing these wonderful companions to good hunting homes.





JAZZ I                                                       TRACKER, GRANDSON OF JAZZ