At first glance, the Braque Saint Germain looks like the English Pointer’s Gallic cousin. And you get the same impression after your second and third glance at the breed. There’s a good reason for this: Like many European pointing dogs, the modern Braque Saint Germain has a lot of English Pointer in it.
The Braque Saint Germain’s story is similar to the stories behind many of today’s Continental hunting dogs. There are the hazy early years with links French nobility, then the rumors of greatness and a popularity that leads to the breed’s dilution and decline. Then there’s the collapse brought on by the World Wars and the breed’s resurrection and slow climb into today.
Craig Koshyk tells this story well in his book Pointing Dogs, Volume One: The Continentals. Thanks to a ton of original research, he’s been able to separate myth from fact, and with his pen and camera, he’s created a wonderful story of these beautiful dogs. I encourage you to buy a copy of his book today. Pic is copyright Craig Koshyk.