The overweight dog pointer is a large and strong dog, with robust structure adapted to mountainous terrain. Like its ancestors – the French Hounds – he is light and elegant when chasing. Although strong, it should not be heavy. His characteristic silhouette fits in a square, not a rectangle, as in most dogs.


It is primarily a hunting dog – the vast majority of overhangs are bred in this respect. Very durable, it can work all day in difficult terrain and various weather conditions. It exhibits usually in a standing position, with a natural stand-up collar appearing around the dog and a half years old.

He doesn’t like to move away from the guide during work. Covering the field, he constantly tries to maintain eye contact with the hunter. It can work with lower and upper winds, therefore it can be used comprehensively. It works very well when working in water. In France, he enjoys the reputation of being the best dog to hunt small animals.

Portrait of an overarching pointer
photo: Anna Maliszewska

At the same time, it is a great companion dog. It adapts easily to city life if it is given enough traffic. Delectable, cordial and gentle, has a balanced character and creates a deep bond with guardians. It is an excellent companion for both adults and children, towards whom he is very forgiving and patient. He is not aggressive towards people or animals.

Training and education

His intelligence makes working with him extremely pleasant – he learns quickly and is easy to arrange. However, it should be remembered that he is quite sensitive and hates brutality. Laying it should be based on developing innate predispositions.

Overlander pointer outdoors
photo: Anna Maliszewska

Who is this race for?

Suitable for active people because, as a hunting dog, he doesn’t like boredom. However, there are also unique pets that above all value a comfortable sofa …

Advantages and disadvantages


  • needs a lot of traffic
  • has a strong hunting instinct
  • sensitive, requires a gentle approach


  • gentle to people and animals
  • excellent family friend
  • easy to lay
  • uncomplicated in care


This pointer is not burdened with genetic diseases. Hip dysplasia happens sporadically, but caring breeders check breeding animals just in case.

Portrait of an oversized pointer on a sofa
photo: Anna Maliszewska


Auvergne is not particularly demanding in terms of nutrition. It should be remembered that an actively working dog requires a higher energy dose in food.

A group of four overhangs
photo: Anna Maliszewska


The care of a representative of this breed is uncomplicated, it is enough to comb it from time to time with a brush for short-haired dogs. As with all quadrupeds with dejected ears, this part of the body requires attention due to the weaker ventilation.


Braque d’Auvergne is one of the few French continental type pointer breeds, referred to as „braque” (unlike epagneul), or spaniel type pointer.

There are various hypotheses about its origin. One of them says that this is a local breed, bred on the basis of old French pointer. Some say that it could have been refined by adding the blood of an English pointer.

According to another theory, the origin of the owerniacki pointer is associated with the knights’ order of the Knights of Malta. When Napoleon captured Malta and dissolved the order at the end of the 18th century, most knights returned to France, also taking hunting dogs with them. They were to give rise to a new breed.

Portrait of two overhangs by the water
photo: Anna Maliszewska

Either way, it has been present for over 200 years in the French Central Massif, around the modern department of Cantal. It covers part of the former province of Auvergne (Auvergne), while the area is now known as

Auvergne are areas not belonging to the former province. Gascony is quite close and it can be assumed that the Gasconian hounds also contributed to the breed. During the Second World War, overhangs were almost completely extinct. The breed was restored around 1955.

Three overcoats kept on a leash
photo: Anna Maliszewska

Oowerniak enjoys the greatest popularity in its homeland. Several kennels are in countries neighboring Poland and the United States. The first dogs of this breed came to us a few years ago. We currently have one kennel – three litters of these cute dogs were born in it.


Braque d’Auvergne (oversized pointer) – Group VII FCI, section 1, reference number 180

  • Origin: France
  • Nature: gentle, sensitive, intelligent dog; adapts well to family life
  • Size: males 57-63 cm, bitches 53-59 cm
  • Weight: 22-30 kg
  • Robe: short, shiny and soft
  • Ointment: black with white markings of various sizes; the markings can be spotted (spotted) or roan (uniformly sifted black and white hair, which gives the impression of a gray color); the head should be black, preferably a white arrow on the muzzle (however, the white and dropped ear or part of the head are not considered a defect)
  • Length of life: 12-13 years old
  • Vulnerability to training: big
  • Activity: quite large, but with a daily dose of movement at home the dog is calm
  • Maintenance costs: PLN 100-200 per month
  • Resistance / susceptibility to diseases: very resistant; sporadic joint dysplasia occurs occasionally
  • Possibility to buy a puppy: there is one breeding of this breed in Poland
  • Price of a dog with a pedigree: 2000-3000 PLN, abroad 700 euros

Interesting facts

The overworker pointer is also called „blue Auvergne”, although in reality it is not at all blue – such an impression is caused by the mixing of black and white hair in dogs with a darker color.


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