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The first evidence of French Pointing Dog is from 1683. It is believed that this breed is the ancestor of all existing French short haired hounds, and most setters. In 1830 the two types – Gasconian and Pyrenean became more popular and their numbers started to grow.
Because of their size and their hunting instincts, they are one of the favorite French dogs. The two species differ only in height and some traits of the character. The Pyrenean type is faster and smaller. The breed was divided in two in the middle of the 19th century.
The standard of the Gascogne type was adopted in 1988. Currently, the population of these dogs is a stable, but the breed is still considered rare.
The French Pointing Dog – Gascogne type has a slim figure with deep chest. This dog has a breadth rectangular face, with shorter front of the skull, beautiful brown eyes, large nose and cute floppy ears of medium length. The limbs are strong and healthy with round feet with thick fingers. Short and thick fur in white and brown tones covers the body of this pointing dog. Brown spots of various sizes are typical for the breed.
The height for males is about - 58-69 cm, females - 56-68sm. The average weight is between 25 and 32 kg.
Character and behavior
Representatives of the breed have proven to be reliable and great hunting companions. They are good pets, docile and friendly by nature. These four-legged hunters love the attention of their owners. The sensitive nature of those French hounds requires gentle and fair treatment.
They are energetic and strong, and usually have a mind of their own. Therefore, this breed is not a good choice for people without experience in growing dogs.
Training and education
You may encounter difficulty in training the Pointing dog of Gascony type, especially if you use coarse and harsh methods. "The hunting energy" of this dog requires a lot of space and time. With more patience and better approach you'll quickly learn your puppy to obey and execute every command. A good level of physical activity will definitely lead to very good health and proper development of your dog.
Overall, the representatives of this ancient breed possess very good health. Among the rare cases of diseases are eye problems, issues with the muscular system and heart. The most common eye problem is irritation of the eyelashes or allergic reactions. Another issue can be the stenosis of the pulmonary artery of the heart.
These Pointing dogs also suffer from the traditional diseases for larger and active breeds like hip and elbow dysplasia. The average life expectancy is about 13 years.
Grooming and care
In terms of the needs and concerns, such as regular physical activity, the Pointing dog is different from the other hunting breeds. It is vital to get a healthy natural environment in which your puppy to accumulate energy and immunity. That is why the best option would be to grow it in a large house. This dog can adapt to any weather conditions.
The coat doesn't require any special care, but do not forget to comb once or twice a week. Bathing should be done only when necessary. Try to feed your pet with a diet rich in vitamins and carbohydrates.
Children and other pets
The French Pointing Dog of Gascony type gets along quite well with children, especially if raised with them. Representatives of the breed are nice with other dogs, but can be a little reserved with strangers.
When looking for puppies for sale, you should know that French Pointers can be destructive when they get bored. This often leads to digging, chewing, and many more behavior problems. The results are usually high veterinary bills and other costs.