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Origin, classification and history
F.C.I classification: Group 6 - hounds and dogs by blood trail.
The International Federation has only recently recognized the French Hounds in 1957. These dogs derive from the specimens obtained by the wetsuit maitres through the most varied crossbreeds. The intent was to obtain specimens of a new breed that were very suitable for use in hunting. They are said to have resulted from the coupling between "Saintongeois", "Poitevin" and "Foxhound". For a long time these new dogs did not take on well-established characters, so much so that they were called by the French cynologists themselves "batard". Once the typicality of the breed had stabilized, it did not spread much, and in fact today, they continue to be almost exclusively working dogs. Compared to the other two breeds of French Hounds, this one is more numerous, so as to represent 60% of the total.
The Français Blanc et Noir (black and white French hound) is a medium-large dog. Large, very balanced, with good strength. Muscovy dog, distinct, with a strong and muscular structure. It has a dry and well-sculpted musculature. Its skeleton is of the right diameter, in relation to the strength of the whole. He has a rather deep chest and a rather elongated head. It gives an impression of balance.
The character aspect is very similar in all three breeds of French Hounds. Mute dog par excellence, it symbolizes the high specialization of two breeds of which it is the product. It is a very experienced breed in the job. It has a very particular voice when it is chasing prey. It is a very quick and enterprising breed. He has a great desire to please the owner and a great learning ability. It is a dog that is recommended for people who love to take long walks and be outdoors. Breed totally not recommended for living in the city.
Français Blanc et Noir (photo www.venerie.org)
Français Blanc et Noir (photo www.abcduchien.org)
- males between 65 and 72 cm
- females between 62 and 68 cm.
Trunk: chest higher than wide and descended at least to the elbows. Long and moderately circled ribs. Back rather long, but well supported. Muscular and well-connected kidney. Belly slightly raised, but which gives the intestines enough space. Also oblique, in any case of good length up to the tip of the buttocks.
Head and muzzle: fairly important and rather long, in harmony with the whole, without ever being heavy or common, but expressive and well-worn. Muzzle preferably a little sheepskin. Slightly marked front furrow. The upper lips cover the lower ones. Slightly rounded skull, rather narrow, but without exaggeration. Occipital protuberance apparent without excess, but sufficient to avoid giving the skull a too flat appearance. The eyebrow arch may be slightly prominent, a sign of "Levesque" blood.
Truffle: black and well open.
Teeth: complete in development and number.
Neck: quite long and strong, sometimes with a slight trace of dewlap.
Ears: attached at the height of the eye line, slightly turned, they preferably reach the beginning of the truffle and must reach at least two fingers from it.
Eyes: dark, the look is intelligent and confident.
Limbs: forelegs strong and straight. Elbows close to the body. Feet rather elongated, but thin and resistant. Hindquarters with long and sufficiently muscular thighs. Hocks close to the ground, wide, powerful and slightly bent.
Shoulder: long, lean and oblique.
Gait: loose and elongated gallop.
Musculature: sufficiently developed.
Tail: quite large at the root, rather long, elegantly carried.
Skin: white under the white fur, black under the black fur, sometimes with subcutaneous plaques on the belly and on the inside of the thighs of blue or darker color.
Hair: satin, quite strong and thick.
Allowed colors: mandatory black and white, with a large gualdrappa or with more or less extensive black spots, which may have black or bluish, or even fire-colored, muskets, but the latter only on the limbs. A pale spot above each eye, as well as pale fire on the cheeks, under the eyes, under the ears and at the beginning of the tail. Like the "Gascon Saintongeois", the deer sign on the tail is quite frequent.
Most common defects: skull too wide, skull too round or too flat, stop too marked, eyebrow arch too prominent, clear eyes and truffle, traces of depigmentation, excess of dewlap, flat ears, ears too short, enognatism, prognathism, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, limbs , limbs not perpendicular, fat feet, apparent traces of English blood, fearful dog, incorrect gait, defective rear, tricolor coat, tan markings too lively.
curated by Vinattieri Federico - www.difossombrone.it