French White & Black Hound
Other names: Chien Français Blanc et Noir
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 :
Temperament :Intelligent Hunter
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
Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1 : Scent hounds
Physical characteristics of the French White & Black Hound
Female : Between 24 and 27 in
Male : Between 26 and 28 in
Female : Between 55 and 66 lb
Male : Between 55 and 66 lb
White and black, just like it says on the wrapper. Black or blue speckles and tan dots above the eyes and on the facial cheeks are common.
Type of coat
Strong, short and dense.
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.
This is one pretty affectionate dog.
The French White and Black Hound loves to play.
She knows how to be calm after a day’s activity.
The French White and Black Hound is intelligent and learns quickly.
Her fine nose and athletic capabilities make her an excellent hunter.
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.
The French White and Black Hound has an independent nature, and can be a bit stubborn.
Behaviour of the French White & Black Hound
She prefers company and should not be left for long periods.
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.
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.
Tendency to run away
Like any scenthound, she may be led astray by an intriguing smell – especially if she has not been well-exercised.