French White & Orange Hound
Other names: Chien Français Blanc et Orange
This super-rare French scent hound is today only used for hunting in packs. A caramel shade of tan runs across her white body, and she is notable for the epic grandeur of her ears. She’s versatile and energetic but can be somewhat wilful, as is the way with scent hounds. Like others with a similar name to hers (for example, the French White and Black Hound) she seems to be a descendent of the old Hound of Saintonge.
Key facts about the French White & Orange Hound
Origins and history
This hound developed particularly over the 19th century, when hunting was a big deal in France and breeders were keen to import British stock into the bloodline. The Hound of Saintonge is probably dominant among those breeds that have contributed to the French White and Orange Hound we see today.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1 : Scent hounds
Physical characteristics of the French White & Orange Hound
Female : Between 24 and 28 in
Male : Between 24 and 28 in
Female : Between 55 and 66 lb
Male : Between 55 and 66 lb
White and lemon or white and orange. The orange colour mustn’t be too deep.
Type of coat
Short and fine.
Looking much like a limited-edition version of her manifold cousins among French scent hounds, which in some ways is just what she is, this proud and countryfied hound is tall and distinguished with a large, domed head. Her citrus tang may extend to her nose, where that orangey-yellow fur is matched by a brown-orange sniffer, which is a significant appendage to an already substantial snout. Her ears, however, are where most casual dog-lovers will find their true home. Large, soft, and floppy, one envies the dormouse who makes his bed beneath these natural blankets.
Good to know
This dog is rarely kept as a pet, rarely seen at all outside of France, and very difficult to get hold of in the UK.
She is moderately affectionate although quite a serious creature in general.
The French White and Orange Hound is moderately playful, and will pick up a game sooner if it is framed as work.
She is generally calm in the home, but energetic out on a job.
The French White and Orange Hound is a very intelligent dog, and quickly understands what is expected of her.
She is bred to be a hunter, and has a nose that will not lay idle.
Fearful / wary of strangers
She is aloof rather than neurotic around unfamiliar company.
This is a very independent dog.
Behaviour of the French White & Orange Hound
She is not especially keen on alone time and may start to howl if neglected.
Easy to train / obedience
The French White and Orange Hound is intelligent and keen to interact but can be distracted very easily by passing smells; she can be stubborn in returning to her owner if she feels the smell is a more urgent matter. For the best results, she requires an expert hand.
Barks, howls, the works, especially when working in a group.