Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website:
http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country France Other Names Porcelaine, Franche-Comte Hound Life Expectancy Approximately 12-13 Years Litter Size No Information Available Breed Group FCI Scenthounds
Breed Appearance The Porcelaine gets its name from its shiny
coat, said to make it resemble a porcelain statuette. The fur is
white, sometimes with orange spots, often on the ears. The skin
should be white with black mottling that is visible through the
white coat. The fur is incredibly short and very fine. The nose of a
Porcelaine dog is black with very wide nostrils. It also has black
eyes and long ears that droop down. The neck is long and the tail
starts thick and narrows to a point at the end.
Breed Description Head: Cleanly cut, finely chiseled,
fairly long. Broad skull with rounded occipital peak. Flat forehead
with pronounced median furrow and stop. Nosebridge straight at the
base and slightly curved at the tip. Well-developed, dark black
nose. Ears: Long, thin, well-curled, pointed at the tip. Must be set
on below eye level. Eyes: Dark. Body: Long. Neck fairly long and lightly boned. Chest
moderately wide, well let-down. Flank raised but full. Hips sloping
slightly. Broad, very muscular loin. Broad, straight back. Tail: Fairly thick at the base, tapering toward the tip, medium
in length, never tufted, carried curved slightly inward. Hair: Lying close to the body, fine, dense, and glossy. Coat: Bright white with round orange spots never forming a
mantle. These spots normally cover black spots on the skin. Orange
flecks on the ears are very characteristic of the breed. Size: Dog: 55 to 58 cm. (21.7-22.8 in).Bitch: 53 to 56 cm.
(21-22 in). Weight: Approx. 28 kg (61.8 lb).
History The Porcelaine, one of the oldest French
hunting breeds, is believed to be the descendent of the Chien Blanc
du Roy or a white variety of the Saint Hubert (the Saint Hubert
Blanc de Lorraine). Porcelaines were kept at the monasteries in
Cluny and Luxeuil, and by the Choiseul family in eastern France.
Crosses were made with the Somerset Grey Harrier, the Gascon
Saintongeois, and the Billy. The Porcelaine’s bright white, glossy
coat earned him his name. The Porcelaine Club, founded in 1971,
helped revive this elegant breed.
Behavior Hardy and robust, the Porcelaine is quick,
impulsive, and enthusiastic. With his keen nose and resonant voice,
he is a hard-driving hunter who works well in a pack. He specializes
in small game and is remarkable on hare but also excels on deer and
wild boar. Serene and gentle, he is a pleasant companion. He needs a
Health Porcelaines have no health issues specific to
Advice 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.