What’s comes to mind when you think of France? Perhaps the fashion, the Cuisine, the Eiffel Tower, The wine (and OuiPlease!). But as a dog lover, and as we celebrate National Dog Mom’s Day because May is all about Moms we couldn’t pass on the opportunity to share with you some of our favorite French Dog Breeds!
France is tied with Great Britain for developing the highest amount of Dog Breeds: 57 Breeds total! Though, Germany follows closely with 47 dog breeds of their own.
French dogs come in all shapes, sizes, coat types, and specialized skills. The French used dogs to hunt, protect their livestock and homes, herd, and as companions. Though no common thread really ties these different breeds together, one thing is clear, French people love dogs. Nearly 50 percent of all households in France include a pet. Dogs continuously rank as the preferred pet.
French dog breeds are some of the oldest breeds in the world.
1. Le Basset Hound
These popular hound dogs were developed in France and Belgium to create a close-to-the-ground scent hound. The word “basset” in French means low. Because of their excellent and persistent scenting talents, basset hounds became popular with the French hunting aristocracy. They are amiable, loyal, and low-energy dogs that are a popular choice as a family pet.
2. Great Pyrenees
As their name suggests, Great Pyrenees were bred hundreds of years ago to guard livestock against wolves in the snowy Pyrenees Mountain region between France and Spain. It’s fair to say that their patience and courage are legendary. Their majestic appearance and calm nature became popular with French nobility by the 17th century.
4. Braque du Bourbonnais
This intelligent gundog is rare in the United States, but according to the AKC, it’s one of the most ancient pointer dogs in existence. It’s also not the only French dog to have nearly vanished, only to be brought back by dedicated breeders.
Like all French pointers, the Braque du Bourbonnais originated from the original French Pointer way back in the 1500s. After becoming nearly-extinct in the 1960s, the Braque de Bourbonnais was “recreated” in the 1970s.
All French pointers are named for the region in which they were developed.