Other names: Chien de franche-comté, French Scent Hound
The Porcelaine is, primarily, a hunting dog - but what makes it stand out from the rest is its sheer love and affection towards its family. Warm, loyal and affectionate yet active, energetic and intelligent, you could call it the perfect hunting companion!
The Porcelaine loves company and is prone to separation anxiety. On top of this, it also has a particularly high exercise requirement. Therefore, a dog of this breed is best placed with an owner who’s around most of the time and who enjoys an active lifestyle.
Key facts about the Porcelaine
Life expectancy :
Origins and history
The Porcelaine is thought to be one of the oldest French scent hounds in existence today, believed to date back to 1845. Today, numbers of the breed are low but breed lovers in France are working to revive it.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1 : Scent hounds
Physical characteristics of the Porcelaine
Female : Between 21 and 22 in
Male : Between 22 and 23 in
Female : Between 44 and 55 lb
Male : Between 66 and 55 lb
White, sometimes with orange marks. Orange speckles in the ears.
Type of coat
Single, shiny, glossy, fine yet thick.
The Porcelaine is well-proportioned, medium-sized dog with slender shoulders, long legs, deep chest and a medium-length, tapered tail. The Porcelaine is best known for its glossy, shining white coat which, from a distance, looks like glass. As hounds go, this breed is rather unique, with adorable long, large, floppy ears, wide black nose and dark, kind-looking eyes. The head is slim, the muzzle is long and the forehead is flat.
Good to know
The breed’s name, Porcelaine, was inspired by its glossy, glass-like white coat.
The Porcelain dog is primarily a utility dog that usually lives outdoors and in packs. He is not the most affectionate dog in his category, but if he is raised at home as a sporty pet dog, he knows how to be demonstrative.
This breed has endless energy and needs regular stimulating activities. Games sessions support physical and mental wellbeing, and also strengthen the relationship between owner and dog. Beware of throwing games that only reinforce the pursuit instinct of the dog, already well marked in this race.
The Porcelaine is known to be kind, gentle and placid within the home providing it gets enough exercise.
This dog was bred from two other extremely intelligent French and English hounds. it’s highly intelligent, leading it to have been commonly used as a search and rescue, medical therapy and police dog.
This breed was bred to hunt by scent and therefore have a very strong prey drive, able to locate prey via scent and track it down.
Fearful / wary of strangers
The Porcelaine is one of the most sociable breeds around; always friendly and never shy around strangers.
The Porcelaine can take a lot of initiative, but unlike some other hounds, it’s not a disobedient breed.
Behaviour of the Porcelaine
With the Porcelaine’s love of human companionship comes a low toleration to time left alone. This breed will quickly become lonely, distressed and destructive when alone and therefore needs an owner who is around for the majority of the day.
Easy to train / obedience
The Porcelaine is easier to train than most hounds, but its needs must be met to keep its attention. Ideally, it needs a trainer who has experience with willful dogs who can help the Porcelaine grow into the sweet-natured, obedient pup it’s so capable of being.
Known as a ‘singing breed’, the Porcelaine can sometimes be a little noisy. Mostly, it’s all down to excitement or a simple ‘Welcome home’ bark. If this breed feels lonely or bored, only then could barking become excessive. When calm, quiet and content, this breed can be pretty quiet.
Tendency to run away
As a natural born hunter, the Porcelaine is likely to run off and chase at the first smell of prey.