Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website: http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country France Other Names N/A Life Expectancy Approximately 12-13 Years Litter Size No litter information available. Breed Group Scenthound - FCI
Breed Appearance A Billy is a large hunting dog originating from
Central western France in the 19th century. Billys are a combination
of Montemboeuf, Ceris and Larye breeds which are now extinct.
Foxblood has been introduced to the Billy to keep bloodlines fresh.
Billys were first bred by Monsieur Gaston Hublot du Rivault, who
lived at the Chateau de Billy, in Poitou. They were mainly used as
pack hunting dogs to track Roe deer and Wild Boar, which they still
continue to do in their native France.
Breed Description Head: Fairly thin, chiseled. Slightly
domed skull, not very broad. Pronounced stop. Nosebridge straight,
slightly domed. Angular nose of medium length. Black or
orangish-brown nose. Flews slight or absent. Ears: Medium-sized, fairly flat, turning slightly at the tip. Eyes: Large, dark, edged with black or brown. Body: Solidly built. Fairly long, powerful neck with slight
dewlap. Chest very deep and narrow. Flat ribs. Tail: Long, b, sometimes slightly velvety. Hair: Lying close to the body, hard to the touch, often rather
thick. Coat: Completely white, white with coffee-brown markings, or
white with spots. Mantle light orange or lemon. Size: Dog: 60 to 70 cm. Bitch: 58 to 62 cm. Weight: Approx. 35 kg.
History The Billy is the final descendant of the Chien
Blanc du Roy, a large scenthound popular with royalty from King
Francois I to King Louis XIV. The breed was developed in the
nineteenth century in Poitou, France by Mr. Hublot du Rivault. He
crossed several breeds that no longer exist: the Ceris, a hunter of
hare and wolf, the Montemboeuf, a hunter of wild boar, and the
keen-nosed Larye. He named the new breed the Haut-Poitou Hound,
after the region where he grew up. The standard for the breed was
established in 1886. The Billy is one of the most popular pack
hounds for large game hunting.
Behavior This remarkable large game hunting dog is hardy
and very fast. He excels on deer and has a melodic voice. He may be
contentious with pack mates.
Health No health information available.
Advice The Billy is not an apartment dog and needs a
lot of exercise, like most large hounds they are difficult off the
lead and extremely fast. They have been known to be same sex
aggressive and do not always get along with other dogs, they are
very intelligent and courageous and have been known to compete in