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French White and Black Hound

Breed Organization
The American Canine Association, Inc. (ACA)
800 Delaware Avenue
Reg. Dept, Box 992
Wilmington, DE 19899-0992
Phone: 1-800-651-8332
French White and Black Hound

Dog Breed Descriptions


North American Kennel Club
American Kennel Club
Fédération Cynologique Internationale
The Kennel Club of Great Britain
The Canadian Kennel Club
The Australian National Kennel Council
The New Zealand Kennel Club
The United Kennel Club
Native Country
Other Names
French Hound, French Tricolour Hound, French White and Orange Hound
Breed Description
Head: Fairly large and long. Slightly domed skull. Slight stop (pronounced in the French Tricolor Hound and the French White and Orange Hound). Nosebridge slightly curved. Flews covering the lower lip. Nose black or orangish-brown in the White and Orange.
Ears: Turning slightly, reaching almost to the base of the nose when outstretched.
Eyes: Dark
Body: Powerful. Neck fairly long and strong. Chest taller than it is wide. Slightly rounded ribs. Slight tuck-up.
Tail: Fairly thick at the base and fairly long, carried gracefully.
Hair: Lying close to the body, fairly thick, and dense. Finer in the Tricolor.
Coat: White and Black: must be white and black with a large mantle or fairly large black spots. Black, steel-grey, or even tan flecks only on the legs. Pale spot above each eye and pale tan markings on the cheeks, below the eyes, under the ears, and at the base of the tail. As in the Gascon Saintongeois, «deer markings» on the thigh are fairly common. Skin is white under white hair and black under black hair, sometimes with blue or pale blue blotches on the abdomen and inner thighs.- Tricolor: white and fawn (rich or even coppery tan) with black mantle. Wolf grey hair is tolerated.- White and Orange: white and lemon or white and orange, as long as orange is not too dark or reddish. Skin white with yellow or orange spots.
Size: White and Black: dog: 65 to 72 cm( 25,5-28 in) ; bitch: 62 to 68 cm (24,5-26,8 in) .Tricolor: dog 62 to 72 cm (24,5-28 in); bitches 60 to 68 cm (23,5-26,8 in).Tricolor, White and Orange: 62 to 70 cm ( 24,5-27,5 in).
Weight: Approx. 30 kg (66 lb).
The French Hound, descended from ancient French breeds, comes in several varieties that differ in coat color:- The French White and Black Hound, descended from two breeds from southern France, the Saintongeois and the Blue Gascony Hound, with a splash of Foxhound blood.

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The variety was officially recognized in 1957;- The French Tricolor Hound, a recent creation (1957) produced by crossing the Anglo-French Tricolor Hound with the French Hound. Crosses were made with the Poitevin, the Billy, and possibly the Blue Gascony Hound. The French Tricolor Hound is sturdier and not quite as fast as the Poitevin. The standard for this variety was officially recognized in 1965; and- The French White and Orange Hound, very rare, was developed in 1978 through crosses with the Billy.
These dogs are hardy, brave, and able to maintain a swift pace for several hours. With a good voice and keen sense of smell, they hunt confidently in packs. Their work is meticulous. They specialize in deer. They require a firm owner they can accept as the leader of the pack.
Nothing should keep the Porcelaine from living with his owner. A kennel is recommended for more than one dog in the country. He needs regular brushing and attention to the ears.
Hunting dog, companion dog.

Physical Characteristics - General Canine Information

Many dogs, such as the American Water Spaniel, have had their natural hunting instincts suppressed or altered to suit human needs. Modern dog breeds show more variation in size, appearance, and behavior than any other domestic animal. Within the range of extremes, dogs generally share attributes with their wild ancestors, the wolves. Dogs are predators and scavengers, possessing sharp teeth and strong jaws for attacking, holding, and tearing their food. Although selective breeding has changed the appearance of many breeds, all dogs retain basic traits from their distant ancestors. Like many other predatory mammals, the dog has powerful muscles, fused wristbones, a cardiovascular system that supports both sprinting and endurance, and teeth for catching and tearing. Compared to the bone structure of the human foot, dogs technically walk on their toes.

Sight: Like most mammals, dogs are dichromats and have color vision equivalent to red-green color blindness in humans.

Different breeds of dogs have different eye shapes and dimensions, and they also have different retina configurations. Dogs with long noses have a "visual streak" which runs across the width of the retina and gives them a very wide field of excellent vision, while those with short noses have an "area centralis" - a central patch with up to three times the density of nerve endings as the visual streak — giving them detailed sight much more like a human's.

Some breeds, particularly the sighthounds, have a field of vision up to 270° (compared to 180° for humans), although broad-headed breeds with short noses have a much narrower field of vision, as low as 180°.

Hearing: Dogs detect sounds as low as the 16 to 20 Hz frequency range (compared to 20 to 70 Hz for humans) and above 45 kHz[22] (compared to 13 to 20 kHz for humans), and in addition have a degree of ear mobility that helps them to rapidly pinpoint the exact location of a sound. Eighteen or more muscles can tilt, rotate and raise or lower a dog's ear.

Additionally, a dog can identify a sound's location much faster than a human can, as well as hear sounds up to four times the distance that humans are able to. Those with more natural ear shapes, like those of wild canids like the fox, generally hear better than those with the floppier ears of many domesticated species.

Smell: Scent hounds, especially the Bloodhound, are iconic for their keen sense of smell. Dogs have nearly 220 million smell-sensitive cells over an area about the size of a pocket handkerchief (compared to 5 million over an area the size of a postage stamp for humans). Some breeds have been selectively bred for excellence in detecting scents, even compared to their canine brethren.

What information a dog actually detects when he is scenting is not perfectly understood; although once a matter of debate, it now seems to be well established that dogs can distinguish two different types of scents when trailing, an air scent from some person or thing that has recently passed by, as well as a ground scent that remains detectable for a much longer period.

The characteristics and behavior of these two types of scent trail would seem, after some thought, to be quite different, the air scent being intermittent but perhaps less obscured by competing scents, whereas the ground scent would be relatively permanent with respect to careful and repetitive search by the dog, but would seem to be much more contaminated with other scents.

In any event, it is established by those who train tracking dogs that it is impossible to teach the dog how to track any better than it does naturally; the object instead is to motivate it properly, and teach it to maintain focus on a single track and ignore any others that might otherwise seem of greater interest to an untrained dog.

An intensive search for a scent, for instance searching a ship for contraband, can actually be very fatiguing for a dog, and the dog must be motivated to continue this hard work for a long period of time.

The meaning of "intelligence" in general, not only in reference to dogs, is hard to define. Some tests measure problem-solving abilities and others test the ability to learn in comparison to others of the same age. Defining it for dogs is just as difficult. It is likely that dogs do not have the ability to premeditate an action to solve a problem.

Coat Color: Domestic dogs often display the remnants of counter-shading, a common natural camouflage pattern. The general theory of countershading is that an animal that is lit from above will appear lighter on its upper half and darker on its lower half where it will usually be in its own shade. This is a pattern that predators can learn to watch for. A countershaded animal will have dark coloring on its upper surfaces and light coloring below. This reduces the general visibility of the animal. One reminder of this pattern is that many breeds will have the occasional "blaze", stripe, or "star" of white fur on their chest or undersides.

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