French Hound

The French hound has a mixed ancestry. These breeds are the blue Gascony hound and the Saintongeois. The French hound also has a touch of foxhound blood coursing through its veins. The French tricolor hound can trace its ancestors to the Anglo-French tricolor hound and the French hound. Mixed breedings with the Billy, Poitevin, and perhaps the blue Gascony hound took place and produced a sturdier version of the French tricolor hound. A very rare version of the French hound, the French white and orange hound, was developed by crossing a French hound with a Billy.

The French hound is a larger breed of dog and the tallest acceptable height for a male is 28 inches white the height for a female is 26 inches. An adult hound will weigh approximately 66 pounds when it is at its ideal weight. The coat of the French hound is white and black. Grey, tan, and black flecks on the legs are acceptable. The skin of the hound is white under white fur and black under black fur. The powerful body of the hound is evident under its tight coat. Personality: If you are looking for a steadfast, brave dog, you don’t need to look any further than the French hound. These dogs have an affection for humans and do well in active families. A responsibly-bred French hound will get along with all members of the family and readily accept other pets in the household. Care should be taken with small pets and children as this hound is large and fast.

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Life Span
10 - 12 years
Other Names
French Tricolor Hound, Francais Blanc et Noir, French White and black Hound, French Hound

French Hound Build Information

Size
Large

The French White and Black Hound, is a large, muscular hunting dog originating in France. They are lean with long legs, typical of hunting dogs, standing 25-28 inches in height. Their coats are white with a black mantle and occasional tan markings. Although originally purposed for hunting, the Francais Blanc et Noir is easy to handle, well-behaved and can make for a loyal and affectionate family pet.

Behaviour and Personality

Kid Friendliness
Affection Level
Activity Level

If you are looking for a steadfast, brave dog, you don’t need to look any further than the French hound. These dogs have an affection for humans and do well in active families. A responsibly-bred French hound will get along with all members of the family and readily accept other pets in the household. Care should be taken with small pets and children as this hound is large and fast.

Appearance

Colors
Black Salt & Pepper White
Grooming
Moderate
Shedding
Moderate

All scent hounds have an odor that their human fans are familiar with. If you want to keep this odor at bay, regular bathing is necessary. Dirt and debris should be brushed from the French hound's coat regularly. Like any breed of dog, this hound needs attention paid to its ears, teeth and toenails.

Breed's Talents and Facts

Training
Easy to train
  • The life span of this dog is between 10 and 12 years
  • This breeds' ear tips will reach its nose when outstretched
  • The French hound's chest is taller than it is wide
  • The hound is happiest when it is hunting
  • There are no nicknames for the French hound, but the breed is easily found in different varieties
  • The French tricolor hound, the French white and black hound, and the French white and orange hound are all French hounds

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Common Health Conditions in French Hounds

There are no health issues that the breed is predisposed to. Hounds frequently suffer with ear infections; be sure to pay attention to your dog\'s ears, cleaning them at least once weekly. Any large dog may be prone to ligament tears.

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