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30 Fancy French Dog Breeds – The Guide to Dogs of France

There are approximately 57 French dog breeds in the world.
Written by Richard Jeng

What’s comes to mind when you think of France? Fashion, the cuisine, FC Paris and the Eiffel Tower. But as a dog lover, I think of the 57 amazing French dog breeds. Yes there are that many of them, and we have France to thank for that.

France is tied with Great Britain for developing the highest number of dog breeds! Though, Germany follows closely with 47 dog breeds of their own. And if you’re interested, check out my guide to all 31 recognized German dog breeds.

While mainly used for work in the past, French dogs have made their way all over the world – for good reason! Many are premier gun-dogs, whereas others are formidable guard dogs of people and sheep. So, let’s dive into the 24 recognized French breeds.

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Small French Dog Breeds

Dog breeds from France come in all sizes, including small – or as I like to call them, the fun size. They are fantastic small dogs that have become widely popular lap dogs and playmates.

What’s a small French dog? We classify these dogs as 5 to 22 pounds in weight.

1. Toy Poodle

Highlights: Lively, Intelligent, Confident

Some claim Poodles originated from Germany, however, many say they’re from France. But no matter where the true origins are, few people can deny the charm of a Toy Poodle. They’re sweet, curious and energetic, making them perfect for older kids.

Unlike the other size variations, Toy Poodles are adventurous and spirited little dogs that tend to understand when to play and when to obey. While they can be decent lap dogs, their energetic drive means they’ll need moderate exercise.

These small people-oriented dogs are full of energy and they’ll likely become uncontrollably happy if they see you after a long period away. Thanks to their high IQ, these Poodles are very trainable and obedient – especially with loved ones.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • A Toy Poodle’s coat will never stop growing. However, they don’t shed a lot either, so regular grooming is necessary.
  • The Poodle is the national dog breed of France. Hence, the “French Poodle.”
  • Technically, the Toy Poodle was first bred in America. However, this variation originated from the Standard Poodle.

2. Lowchen

Highlights: Loving, Sociable, Optimistic

Lowchens are believed to have originated from either France or Germany. Not only are they one of the best lap dogs, but they’re also the most expensive dog in the world. Nicknamed, the “little lion dog,” they’re fur-balls with a huge heart.

These dogs sport a cheerful vibe that’s contagious and fun. But don’t mistaken their petite size for weakness. Lowchens are surprisingly active dogs that’ll be able to keep up with you on the field or in the home. Still, they love to lounge.

The best part is that they’re a very sociable breed. That is, they’ll be polite and friendly towards other pets or human – even strangers. Lowchens are also an intelligent breed. As such, they respond well to obedience training.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • A Lowchen from a reputable breeder can cost you upwards of $10,000 USD.
  • During the middle ages, the Lowchen were popular dogs among the noblewomen of France.
  • Through Renaissance art, we know that this breed has not changed in appearance for over 500 years.

3. French Bulldog

Highlights: Playful, Alert, Docile

Frenchies are undeniably one of my favorite dog breeds. In fact, they’re the single most popular lap dog in America. Physically, Frenchies resemble mini bull dogs, though they stand out with their erect triangular ears, also known as “bat ears.”

Although small, they make excellent watchdogs thanks to their alertness. And because of their mild and balanced temperaments, they’re our favorite dog breed for kids. They’re also very adaptable and mesh well with all types of owners.

They may seem a little goofy, but they’re sneaky athletic dogs that love to play. All in all, the French Bulldog is a charmer, as seen with most French dogs. They strike the perfect balance of fun, lively and entertainment.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • Due to their round heads and squat frames, most French Bulldogs can’t swim. Keep an eye on them near water.
  • Because Frenchies have unusual body builds, they need to breed through artificial insemination. This is likely why they cost so much.
  • These dogs have much shorter snouts than others, meaning it could be difficult to breath in warm temperatures. Don’t let them overheat and keep them cool.

4. Papillon (Phalène)

Highlights: Intelligent, Friendly, Cheerful

Papillon dogs are the 10th smartest dog breeds in the world, putting them in the same class as the Labs and Rottweilers. For this reason, they perform exceptionally well in agility competitions and are very responsive to training.

However, the more casual owners will enjoy the Papillon’s ability to quickly pick up tricks. At home, they’re typically happy dogs that can also perform their watchdog duties. And despite their care-free personalities, they’re an alert breed.

Although they’re small, they aren’t the best lap dogs. It’s not that they don’t love their owners, rather it’s because they don’t like to cuddle. Even so, the optimism and happy attitude of the Papillon will make a great addition to any home.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • Papillon in French means butterfly. They were given this name because of their wing-shaped ears.
  • According to researcher Stanley Coren, Papillons are the eight most intelligent dog breeds.
  • Not all Papillons have the butterfly ears. Some have droopy ears and they’re called the “phalene type.”

Medium-Sized French Dogs

Unlike Japanese dog breeds, the French dogs come in a wide variety: different sizes, shapes, colors and looks. However, the medium-sized French breeds may be the most unique of them all!

For the purpose of this guide, medium dogs are those that weigh between 23 and 49 pounds.

5. Barbet Dog

Highlights: Affectionate, Good natured, Lively

The Barbet is known for it’s near-rectangular frame, along with a long sweeping tail and fluffy head. But don’t let the hair fool you. They’re intelligent dogs with an athletic build. In fact, they’re bred to retrieve birds, ducks and other small game.

In the home, they usually very calm and composed. However, they need quite a bit of exercise to maintain a healthy and happy life. And if you do meet their physical needs, they’ll be some of the most joyful and happy dogs.

On the downside, Barbets are not for the casual owners. Sure, they may be trainable, but they need a lot of human interaction and mental stimulation. Otherwise, their stubbornness may come out as the dog gets bored very easily.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • After WWII, the Barbet dog was nearly extinct. Using the few dogs left, devoted breeders successfully revived this breed.
  • The Barbet dog has an affinity towards water. Let them go for a swim and they’ll be as happy as ever.
  • At a point in time, the name barbet was a generic term for dogs with long, curly and woolly coats.

6. Basset Fauve de Bretagne

Highlights: Intelligent, Happy, Courageous

Also known as the Fawn Colored Brittany Basset, this French dog breed is a versatile hunting dog, capable of tracking small game on all types of rough terrain. They may look slow, but a Basset Fauve has a quick step and will chase down a rabbit with ease.

On the other hand, their charming yet warm personalities make them fantastic breeds for all families. Thanks to their hunting background and prey-drive, they will require plenty socializing to co-exist with other small pets and cats.

But as sociable and adaptable as they are, these dogs can also go on their stubborn streaks. This is why why we recommend them for active owners that can provide a firm hand and consistency with their obedience training.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • These dogs were derived from the extinct Grand Fauve de Bretagnein during the 1800’s.
  • The word “bas” in French means low. So, “basset” means low set, which refers to their short legs.
  • Although relatively vocal dogs, the Basset Fauve de Bretagne doesn’t really bark much.

7. Braque du Bourbonnais

Highlights: Friendly, Adaptable, Calm

The Braque du Bourbonnais is part of the pointer dog category, though they have a relatively calmer demeanor than the others. They’re probably the perfect balance between a hunting and family dog. Braques are agreeable and cooperative too.

In fact, i’d say they’re most ideal for families that go on hunting trips, or at least those that like to keep active in nature. On the field, they’re serious workers with a keen sense of smell. However, they can be affectionate and loving at home.

What makes them such great French dogs is their high intelligence combined with their eagerness to please and learn. These traits make them some of the most obedient dogs that respond well with basic obedience or hunting techniques.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • The Braque du Bourbonnais is the oldest and most ancient breed from the pointer dog group.
  • In french, “braque” means “to point,” which refers to the type of dogs they are: pointers.
  • There is evidence tracing these dogs back to the 1500’s, where they appeared on old French artwork and in literature.

8. Braque Francais Pyrenean

Highlights: Friendly, Loyal, Intelligent

The Braque Francais Pyrenean is the legendary French hunting dog bred to maneuver through the rocky terrain of the Pyrenees mountain range. As a highly skilled retriever, the Francais Pyrenean also has all the top traits of a family dog.

They’re docile, affectionate and get along with both people and other dogs. These French dogs are also people-oriented and respond well to obedience training. As a result, there are few French dog breeds as balanced as the Francais Pyrenean.

The ability to balance work and family is a special talent of the Francais Pyrenean. Part of this is due to their adaptability, easily blending into to any housing situation and lifestyle provided they get the proper exercise and stimulation.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • Up until the 19th century, these dogs were considered to be the same as the Braque Francais Gascogne.
  • The Braque Francis Pyrenean is considered to be the ancestor to all the shorthaired pointing dog breeds today.
  • Like with some retrievers, the Braque Francis Pyrenean dogs love water and are great swimmers.

9. Brittany

Highlights: Lively, Bright, Playful

The Brittany may act playful in the home, but they’re fierce and tireless retrievers on the field. In fact, they’re one of the best gun dogs France has to offer. Brittany dogs are bursting with energy, but also obedient when the time calls for it.

Always cheerful and happy, the Brittany is an attentive dog that’s well aware of their owner’s mood. It’s because of their high adaptive IQ that they’re able to adapt to the needs of their humans. They’re great to have around all the time.

But keeping such a dog comes with responsibilities. They need a ton of exercise both mentally and of course physically. However, that doesn’t mean they can’t thrive as a family dog. My recommendation: they’re ideal for any outdoorsy family or owner.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • These dogs originate from the most western region of France – also called Brittany.
  • Brittany dogs frequently appeared in paintings by famous French, Dutch and Flemish artists, suggesting they were popular dogs in the 17th century.
  • They were originally bred to be the most versatile bird retrievers – and they were.

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10. Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen

Highlights: Independent, Cheerful, Sociable

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, or GBGV for short, is a rugged and sturdy dog who loves to be busy with work. Being one of France’s best scent dogs, they don’t tire easily. And if given a job, these reliable dogs will make sure to get it done.

Give them a scent and they’ll track for hours. But outside of their “work,” the GBGV is a consistent and stable dog you can depend on. They’re as great for families and they are for a search & rescue squad. However, they’ve very vocal dogs.

At times, this Grand Basset may be a little stubborn too. And although most people would think they are unintelligent, it’s just that they get easily distracted with their powerful noses. Owners must have a lot of patience with them.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • These dogs were hunting dogs for the poor. The GBGV’s short legs allowed poor hunters that couldn’t afford horses to keep up with them.
  • It wasn’t until 1990 that the GBGV officially made it to the United States. The first litter gave birth just four years later.
  • GBGV dogs are trained in the US and Europe for professional mantrailing, which is following the scent trails to find people.

11. Griffon Fauve de Bretagne

Highlights: Intelligent, Optimistic, Determined

The Griffon Fauve de Bretagne is a strong-willed hunting breed developed for tracking. Though what makes them special is their ability to adapt to a variety of terrain. They take their hunting jobs very seriously and it shows when they’re on the field.

Aside from hunting, these French dogs can make great family pets. They will always be bright and cheerful, while retaining the loyalty of a GSD. Tricks and obedience are no problem with these dogs, as they are very eager to please.

However, they don’t make great guard dogs. They’re just too sociable and friendly! Not only are they great with humans in the family, but they often extend this friendliness to strangers. For this reason, a Griffon Fauve will be great for kids.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • Due to the extinction of native wolves, these dogs were nearly wiped out without a job. However, they were successfully revived in the 1940’s by a group of enthusiasts.
  • The GFDB are relatively common dogs in France, but a rare sight outside Europe.
  • Like the Brittany dog, the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne also originated from the Brittany region of France.

12. Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen

Highlights: Alert, Lively, Cheerful

Among all French dog breeds, the Petit Basset may be the most animated and lively. Great with kids, the PBGV is also famously known for being skilled rabbit hunters. And apparently, the PBGV has been hunting since the 1500s.

They’re top-tier hunters and they know it too. But when at home, they’re a completely different dog. This Basset tends to get along with people and other dogs, thanks to their pack-dog mentality. In fact, they need to be sociable with others.

But as extroverted and sociable as they are, the PBGV can be independent too. In other words, do not be surprised if they go on their stubborn streaks. If you can’t provide them with their needed stimulation, they’ll look elsewhere.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • The PBGV’s coat, mustache, eyebrows and beard were specifically bred to protect them from the harsh terrain of coastal France.
  • These dogs are nicknamed “the happy breed” due to their constant cheerful personalities.
  • King Louis XII had several of these dogs in the late 15th century. In fact, the PBGV was called “Chiens Blancs du Roi,” which meant “King’s white hounds.”

13. Standard Poodle

Highlights: Very Intelligent, Lively, Proud

As the official breed of France, the Poodle is an active and versatile French dog known for having first-class dog intelligence. It’s true! Standard Poodles are the second smartest breed – only behind the workaholic Border Collie.

Poodles were originally bred to be skilled water retrievers, so they’re very active dogs that’ll enjoy an outing to the lake. They have bright and warm personalities and will be proud, as they are indeed graceful and noble-like dogs.

For ambitious owners, Poodles make some of the best show dogs in the world. And despite the dog’s unique coat, they don’t really shed much! However, brushing is still necessary to remove the debris often stuck on their coats.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • A Poodle’s coat serves the purpose of protecting vital organs and areas while swimming in water.
  • Elvis Presley was a huge fan of Poodles. Not only did he own one (Champagne), but he also frequently gave them away to all the women of his life.
  • The standard Poodle is ranked as the second most intelligent dog breed – only the Border Collie ranks higher.

14. Pyrenean Shepherd

Highlights: Passionate, Devoted, Alert

The Pyrenean Shepherds are ancient herding dogs originating from the Pyrenees mountain ranges bordering France. They may look like calm companion dogs, but they’re actually tough, powerful and agile herders, as with most shepherd dogs.

They can be a little overwhelming for some owners because they bring a lot of passion and energy to the table. On the other hand, they’re quit easy to train due to their strong work ethics and obedient nature. Plus, they’re smart too!

I wouldn’t recommend these shepherds for everyone though. You’ll need to assign them work to keep them entertained and stimulated. But if you can keep these vigorous dogs occupied with a job, you’ll have a brilliant family dog for years to come.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • There are no official historic records of breeding the Pyrenean Shepherd. However, historians estimate they may have been around for over 6,000 years.
  • During World War I, these dogs served as couriers (delivery dogs) and search and rescue dogs for the French Army.
  • A Pyrenean Shepherd managing a 500 sheep flock will run almost a marathon a day.

Big French Dog Breeds

France is home to some of the most famous large dog breeds. From the inquisitive Bloodhound to the majestic Great Pyrenees, large French dogs have made international headlines and made their way to homes all over the world.

Whats’ a big French dog breed? We classify the dogs in this section as 50 pounds and up.

15. Basset Hound

Highlights: Docile, Patient, Stubborn

Though the Basset Hound is a borderline medium to large dog, an adult male can reach up to 65 lbs. With long droopy ears and a charming personality, the Basset Hound has received their fair share of love from international dog fans.

They may look a little funny, but make no mistake – these dogs have a strong core with a solid and powerful stance. The stamina in Basset Hound means they’re able to tirelessly track down deers or rabbits with their sharp sense of smell.

But as tenacious as they are on the field, the Basset Hound is a calm and gentle dog in the home. Not only are they loyal dogs, but also affectionate around family members. And with kids, their sweet nature really shines through.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • Basset Hounds have 220 million smell receptors in their nose. This gives them one of the best noses among all dogs – second to only the Bloodhound.
  • Their droopy ears help bring scents to their face, while the loose skin on the chin (dewlap) helps trap scents.
  • In 2011, a Basset Hound named Victoria was elected co-mayor of Concord, Ontario (Canada).

16. Beauceron

Highlights: Calm, Loyal, Obedient

The Beauceron is yet another fan-favorite among families and oddly enough, women. That’s because they’re both powerful and compassionate dogs with a sensitive side. Beaucerons will be loyal to a fault, making them top guard dogs, even with kids.

Despite these family-oriented traits, the Beauceron dogs were originally bred to be competent herding dogs. That said, these muscular 100-pound dogs need extensive socializing and obedience training to make awesome companions.

Today, they’re primarily used as guardians and watch dogs for people and property. Because of their devotion, combined with their protective instincts, Beaucerons were practically made for the job. But it’s worth noting that they may be territorial.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • The Beauceron dog was used to develop the Doberman Pinscher.
  • Their droopy ears help bring scents to their face, while the loose skin on the chin (dewlap) helps trap scents.
  • In 2011, a Basset Hound named Victoria was elected co-mayor of Concord, Ontario (Canada).

17. Berger Picard

Highlights: Devoted, Cheerful, Vigilant

Some will tell you that the Berger Picard is the best problem solver in all of the canine kingdom. With an independent mind and a strong will, it’s not hard to believe. Even so, a Berger Picard has a lively attitude that few owners can resist.

They are assertive and spirited companions that have plenty in the tank to match the energy levels of your kids. The high IQ and eagerness to work makes them great for obedience training, however, it is likely you’ll run into stubborn streaks.

At times, it seems like these intelligent herding dogs have unlimited energy. So, it’s important that you keep these dogs physically stimulated to limit destructive behavior. As such, the Berger Picards are ideal for owners with an active lifestyle.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • Historians believed the Berger Picards were brought to the northern region of France in 400 B.C.
  • After World War II, few could spare enough food to feed large dogs like the Berger Picard, thus nearly putting them into extinction. They were successfully revived in 1950.
  • They were popular in northern France in a region called Picardy, hence the name. At one point, they were called Picardy Shepherds instead.

18. Bloodhound

Highlights: Affectionate, Curious, Self-determined

Bloodhounds are world famous for their sharp noses. They’ll do one thing better than any other dog, that is, finding lost people or criminals. Though when they’re off duty, Bloodhounds are superb family dogs with a gentle touch.

Despite popular belief, Bloodhounds are quite sociable creatures and enjoy being around family and the kids. They’ll have an even-temper, but training these dogs isn’t recommended for new owners, as they tend to get distracted with interesting scents.

They’re frequently featured on the list of least intelligent dog breeds. However, that doesn’t mean they are actually dumb. Rather, their noses are so powerful that they may not be able to focus on the task at hand. But with tracking, they’re the best.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • It’s estimated that the Bloodhound has nearly 300 million scent receptors, giving them the best nose in the dogdom.
  • The Bloodhound can follow a scent for 130 miles even 300 hours after the scent has left the area.
  • In the United States, a Bloodhound’s nose-work results are considered reliable and admissible in a court of law.

19. Briard

Highlights: Affectionate, Confident, Loyal

For dog owners looking for a true companion dog, look no further. The Briard is a highly devoted and loving dog that wears his heart on his sleeves. People-pleasing and sociable, Briards tend to enjoy being the center of attention.

When needed, they’re skilled herding dogs, often rounding up hundreds of sheep at a time. In fact, Briards possess all the best traits of herding dogs: they’re trainable, hardworking and intelligent. And, they’re as loyal as dogs come.

However, these dogs aren’t all about herding. When in the home, their protective instincts will kick in, making them excellent guard dogs. They’re fearless dogs that don’t easily scare or stand down in the face of a threat.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • French military leader Napoleon had a strong dislike for dogs. Despite this, he was a fan of the Briard dog breed.
  • As the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson owned and loved these dogs. He’s credited with bringing the Briard to America.
  • Prior to working as calm herding dogs, Briards were used to protect livestock from wolves and poachers.

20. Dogue de Bordeaux

Highlights: Friendly, Devoted, Brave

A mastiff breed running at full speed.

The Dogue de Bordeaux, or Bordeaux Mastiff, is arguable the “king” of French guard dogs. That is, a male dog can easily grow to over 100 pounds with an intensely muscular frame. But don’t worry, this dog isn’t as vicious as he looks.

Not only are they affectionate with the family, but they also have great protective instincts. They are some of the most courageous dogs you can find when faced with a threat. But when they’re with their family, the Bordeaux is both sensitive and sweet.

They’re the type of dogs you want watching your kids, provided the proper training. They’ll be calm with an even temper in the home, but react when they sense your kids need them. You can count on a Bordeaux to have your back.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • The Dogue de Bordeaux is the most ancient French dog breed. They existed before France was officially France.
  • These French dogs are known to be serious droolers. Seriously, they drool a lot.
  • Folklore says the Dogue de Bordeaux was brought to France by Julius Caesar since they were used as Roman war dogs.

21. French Spaniel

Highlights: Calm, Confident, Sociable

There’s not a lot to dislike with the French Spaniel, if any. Like a true spaniel breed, this dog is both a loving and energetic dog, though fearless when need be. As such, they’re a very balanced spaniel and make decent companions for hunters.

French Spaniels often have a very calm disposition. What’s more, they will get along with all types of pets, whether dogs or cats. Though when on the field, they’ll be enthusiastic companions that you can rely on to retrieve and flush.

But just because they’re calm and docile doesn’t mean they’re weak. Rather, the French Spaniel is one of the toughest dogs out there. They may not look the part, but they’re a lot more durable and sturdy than you would think.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • By the 20th century, the French Spaniel was nearly extinct. However, the breed was almost single handedly saved by a French priest, named Father Fournier.
  • The French Spaniel is a relatively new dog breed in the United States. In fact, these dogs didn’t make it there until 1997.
  • Among all spaniel dogs, the French Spaniel is the largest from the group.

22. Great Pyrenees

Highlights: Vigilant, Patient, Gentle

Bred in the Pyrenees Mountains, the Great Pyrenees is nothing short of greatness. Although a male dog can weigh past 100 pounds, these dogs are known to be patient, calm and friendly. After all, they were bred to protect and guard.

Thanks to their strong protective instincts, the Great Pyrenees dog is a fantastic guard dog of the home. There aren’t many animals or people that would want to see this powerful bear-like beast in a full sprint charging at them.

But despite the looks, the Great Pyrenees is known to be a great nanny dog. The gentleness of the dog is great for kids, but their patience is what makes great nannies. But even so, supervision is needed due to their large size.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • The Great Pyrenees is so ancient that archaeologists have found fossils of these dogs dating back between 1800 to 1000 B.C.
  • These dogs are nocturnal by nature. They were originally bred to protect livestock while the shepherds were asleep at night.
  • The Great Pyrenees were considered royal dogs in France. At one point, King Louis XIV had declared the Great Pyrenees as the Royal Dog of France.

23. Porcelaine

Highlights: Independent, Lively, Strong

Porcelaines are highly adaptable hunting dogs that know when to turn it on and off. They can be a fierce hunter when assigned a task, but also an obedient, gentle and calm family dog when put into a loving home environment.

Unlike most hunting dogs, it’s relatively easy to train a Porcelaine, making them perfect for novice or first-time owners. When trained, the Porcelaines can still thrive with other dogs and older kids despite their high prey drive.

Some Porcelaines may be more independent than others, similar to that of a cat. However, it does not mean that they won’t welcome a big hug at the end of the day. They’re quite loving dogs that still need plenty of human interaction.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • According to historians, the Porcelaine dog is the oldest French scent hound still in existence today.
  • The French Revolution put the Porcelaine extinct. However, they were reconstructed and successfully revived post war.
  • Historians believed the Porcelaine made its way to the United States as a gift from French royalty to President George Washington.

24. Wirehaired Pointing Griffon

Highlights: Affectionate, Trainable, Loyal

These diligent sporting dogs are second to none when it comes to retrieving. Known as the “supreme gun dog,” the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon is eager to perform his job – all the time. It’s probably why they’re the best in the business.

Even with their immense talents, they’re loving and faithful dogs with the right owners. Given their vigilant nature, this breed will make an excellent watchdog too. However, this dog requires a good amount of exercise and grooming.

A huge plus is that they don’t shed much, but their wiry coats need brushing as it tends to collect a lot of debris. When bringing home a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon, you can expect a calm, confident and patient dog for the home.

INTERESTING FACTS
  • The Wirehaired Pointing Griffon have webbed feet and are some of the best swimmers in the dogdom.
  • Although this dog breed has Dutch origins, most of the development was done in France.
  • Many believed that renowned Greek historian, Xenophon, mentioned this dog back in 500 B.C. They’re more ancient than you think!

Other French Dog Breeds

As mentioned, the above lists only the recognized French dogs. However, there are many many more non-recognized breeds! That said, here are some honorable mentions that we wanted to show, along with some highlights of the breed.

25. Corsican Dog – These dogs are native to the Corsica islands off the Mediterranean coast. And while they faced extinction in the 16th century, they were saved in the late 20th century.

26. Blue Picardy Spaniel – You’ll never tell, but the Blue Picardy is an excellent hunter. The beautiful blue hue is speckled on the coat and they have a gentle and calm touch. Besides hunting, the spaniel is a formidable watch dog.

27. Braque d’Auvergne – Also known as the Auvergne Pointer, these dogs originate from the central mountainous region of France. They’re sensitive, trainable and loving. Plus, they’re sweet dogs that do well as hunting companions.

28. Briquet Griffon Vendéen – This French dog is the smaller version of the Grand Griffon Vendéen. The one thing they’re passionate about is hunting and tracking. In fact, they’re capable of picking up a cold trail as good as any dog.

29. Chien Français Blanc et Noir – They’re the typical scenthound that hunts in pack. But for this reason, they’re great with other dogs and members of the family. What makes them stand out is the black and white coat, resembling a cow.

30. Griffon Nivernais – The Griffon Nivernais is as versatile as hunting dogs come. They can be used for large or small game. Plus, they’re able to effectively hunt in packs or as a solo dog.

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Richard Jeng

Richard has been raising dogs his whole life, including a Poodle, Pomeranian, Corgi and Australian Shepherd. He's always working with animal shelters and dog rescues because of his passion for all dogs. Fun fact: his all time favorite breed is the German Shepherd. Read More.

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