Also known as the Braque Francais, it’s another breed of short-tailed dog. It’s not very common to see them outside the borders of their own country (near the border with Spain
). It’s a muscular, medium-sized animal, with a short snout, brown nose and dark eyes. The French Pointing Dog’s fur is short, fine, and white with brown spots. They get along very well with children and other pets.
Of North American origin, this small dog with a flattened snout and erect ears is a short-tailed dog. This breed usually loses a lot of hair and suffers from dandruff if you do not bathe it once a month. It’s an excellent companion dog, and adapts to life in a flat.
Dogs with docked tails
In addition to dog breeds that are born with a very short tail, some have their tails docked right after they are born. This is for different reasons, but is mostly for aesthetic. For example:
1. Cocker Spaniel
You can find both English and American Cocker Spaniels (but mainly the former) with short tails due to this procedure. For some breeders, it’s a custom that makes a dog’s body look more elegant and balanced.
2. Bouvier des Ardennes
This breed originates from Belgium, near the German and French border. People usually dock their tails, otherwise they are quite long. Their curly fur can be almost any color. They have short ears and can weigh up to 35 kg.
This dog from Flanders
is a relative of the Belgian Shepherd. The habit of docking their tails comes from a legend.
According to the legend, a Schipperke dog who lived with a shoemaker in Brussels won a beauty contest. Another participant’s owner amputated the dog’s tail, leaving him with just a stub. However, the animal in question was afterwards even more successful in contests. Ever since then, people have docked their tails as soon as they’re born.