French White & Black Hound

Other names: Chien Français Blanc et Noir

French White & Black Hound

This lustrous and leggy French hunting dog is an agile, high-stamina creature with a charming personality. In addition to the colours that give her that name, the French White and Black Hound can be commonly found to be embellished with patches of tan or ‘blue.’ She’s energetic and, although peace-loving, can be a bit much to handle for new owners. She’s also kind of rare, especially in the UK, with only 300-400 puppies born every year.

Key facts about the French White & Black Hound

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Temperament :

Intelligent Hunter

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Origins and history

The Gascon Saintongeois is noted as a dominant ancestor in the lineage of this hound; the English Foxhound and Bleu de Gascogne are in there, too. Some say she was developed as a means of saving the ailing Saintongeoisie, while others proffer that her development was intended primarily to create a kind of scenthound ‘superdog.’ While she may be too modest to truly describe herself as Superdog, the French White and Black Hound is all the same a very super dog.

FCI breed nomenclature

FCI Group

Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds


Section 1 : Scent hounds

Physical characteristics of the French White & Black Hound

Adult size

Female : Between 24 and 27 in

Male : Between 26 and 28 in


Female : Between 55 and 66 lb

Male : Between 55 and 66 lb

Coat colour

Type of coat

Eye colour



This adorable creature combines lolloping with elegance, sleekness with strength, power with stone-cold huggability. Her large, proud head stretches into a lengthy nose, her soft ears cascade forwards from eye level to down below nose-level. She has a deep chest, a long neck, and a high tail.

Good to know

This dog is quite rare and you may need to visit our neighbours in France to track down an available pup.


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    This is one pretty affectionate dog.

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    The French White and Black Hound loves to play.

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    She knows how to be calm after a day’s activity.

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    The French White and Black Hound is intelligent and learns quickly.

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    Her fine nose and athletic capabilities make her an excellent hunter.

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    Fearful / wary of strangers

    She is quite protective and wary of people she considers suspicious. Otherwise, she tends to get on well with new people if the proper introductions are made.

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    The French White and Black Hound has an independent nature, and can be a bit stubborn.

    Behaviour of the French White & Black Hound

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      Tolerates solitude

      She prefers company and should not be left for long periods.

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      Easy to train / obedience

      She can be willful and stubborn if the mood takes her, and her strong instinct of predation needs to be channelled. However, she is keen to learn and will respond to commands.

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      The French White and Black Hound can be quite a barky dog, and the owner who teaches their dog to be quiet on demand during puppyhood will be a happier soul when cohabiting with the same dog as an adult.

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      Tendency to run away

      Like any scenthound, she may be led astray by an intriguing smell – especially if she has not been well-exercised.

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      She may become destructive if left alone for too long, and particularly if she is kept in a space that does not befit her stature and need for stimulation.

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      Greedy / Gluttony

      Treats are always a welcome reward for good behaviour.

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      Guard dog

      She is not aggressive and will not attack a burglar.

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      First dog

      Her strength and stubborn side make her a difficult proposition for inexperienced owners. 

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        French White & Black Hound in a flat

        This is too much dog for the average apartment. She needs plenty of space indoors and outside.

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        Need for exercise / Sporty

        The French White and Black Hound needs vigorous physical and mental exercise every day if she is to be happy, healthy, and well-behaved. 

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        Travelling / easy to transport

        She’s a bit of a whopper for public transport, but should remain calm and happy during car travel if skillfully acclimatized to the method from her youth.


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          French White & Black Hound and cats

          The French White and Black Hound doesn’t call cats ‘cats’ – she calls them ‘prey.’ And they had better start praying. 

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          French White & Black Hound and dogs

          She is very good with other dogs; she loves the company of friendly dogs, and will calmly walk away from potential trouble with aggressive dogs.

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          French White & Black Hound and children

          This dog is usually calm, gentle, and loving with (respectful) kids, although caution should be exercised among small children due to her size.

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          French White & Black Hound and the elderly

          She requires a lot of daily exercise and can get a little boisterous, so elderly people should think twice before taking on a French White and Black Hound.



          The rarity of this breed means that we do not have enough data to set an average price for the French White and Black Hound.
          Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £60 to £100 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.


          Regular but not excessive brushing is all that’s required for this dog. Her ears should be examined as they’re prone to infection if dirt is allowed to linger.


          She is a moderate shedder, and will moult twice a year.

          Nutrition of the French White & Black Hound

          Carefully measured meals divided over two sittings per day will keep this dog trim and healthy. It’s said that she also enjoys (and benefits from) cottage cheese, dried fruits, and boiled eggs (who doesn’t?) but treats should be administered with discretion.

          Health of the French White & Black Hound

          Life expectancy

          This dog is well-bred and has an average lifespan of 11 years.

          Strong / robust

          This is a firm and sturdy dog.

          Withstand heat

          She is quite good in warmer temperatures but should not be exposed to excessive heat, and should always have ready access to fresh water and shade.

          Withstand cold

          She will tolerate moderate cold.

          Tendency to put on weight

          Her sporty nature allows her to maintain her shape.

          Common illnesses

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