The Braque Saint Germain (St. Germain Pointing Dog in English) is a medium-sized cross between the Continental and English pointing dogs. Bred for hunting game, the dog is sturdily built and comes with a slightly rounded head, well open eyes, medium-sized ears with rounded extremities, relatively long, well-muscled neck, muscular forequarters and hindquarters, and a low-set tail tapering towards one end.
|Also Called||Saint Germain Pointer|
|Coat||Short, slightly thick|
|Color||Dull white, orange or fawn markings|
|Category||Gun Dog, Pointer, Sporting|
|Height||Female: 21-23 in
Male: 22-24 in
|Size of Litter||4-8 puppies|
|Temperament||Friendly, sociable, easy to train, lively|
|Good with Children||Yes|
|Country Originated in||France|
|Competitive Registration/Qualification Information||UKC, FCI|
The Saint Germain Pointers trace their origin back to the 1830s when a group of Continental and English pointers was bred in the royal kennels situated at the French commune of Compiegne. Although it was popular for its role as a hunter, it also participated in dog shows throughout the country. It became the most popular pointing breed in the 1863 French dog show.
Aside from being recognized by some international breed registries and kennel clubs, it is acknowledged as a rare breed by a few minor hunting clubs and dog registries.
Although an exceptional hunter by nature, it is an incredibly loving and devoted dog that always wants to be close to its people. It is a sensitive breed that does not do well when treated harshly. It can live peacefully with children, making for an excellent playmate.
Since the dog was bred to hunt either alone or in packs, it does not usually show aggression and can get along with other canines when socialized at a young age. However, the St Germain Pointer should not be trusted around smaller pets without proper supervision or training.
The Saint Germain Pointers are willing to learn, always eager to please their owners, thus responding quickly to trainers.
Let your Saint German Pointer get used to wearing its leash and collar during its puppyhood. Practice walking it inside a room free from distractions before taking it outside. If it pulls in the opposite direction while walking, stand still and do not move until your pup comes to you. Avoid jerking the leash or dragging your pet along with you.
Since scent drives the chasing instinct in your dog, you need to find activities where this sense can be challenged. So, when your dog sees a cat or a squirrel and starts chasing it, attract its attention by waving a piece of hot dog or chicken near its nose. You may play hide-and-seek with treats, or use a toy or ball filled with tasty snacks. When it comes toward you, put its leash on. Offer the treat only when it calms down completely.
Being an active hunting breed, Braque Saint Germain needs a nutritious diet for the fulfillment of its energy requirements. You may give your dog high-quality dry food containing 20-27 percent protein, 14-18 percent fat, and 30 percent carbohydrates.