French White & Black Hound

Other names: Chien Fran├žais 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

Life expectancy :

5

17

10

12

Temperament :

Intelligent Hunter

Size :

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

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

Weight

Female : Between 55 and 66 lb

Male : Between 55 and 66 lb

Coat colour

Black
White

Type of coat

Very short

Eye colour

Brown

Description

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.

Temperament

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    Affectionate

    This is one pretty affectionate dog.

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    Playful

    The French White and Black Hound loves to play.

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    Calm

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

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    Intelligent

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

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    Hunter

    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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    Independent

    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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      Barking

      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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