French White & Orange Hound

Other names: Chien Français Blanc et Orange

French White & Orange Hound

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

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Temperament :

Intelligent Hunter

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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

FCI Group

Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds


Section 1 : Scent hounds

Physical characteristics of the French White & Orange Hound

Adult size

Female : Between 24 and 28 in

Male : Between 24 and 28 in


Female : Between 55 and 66 lb

Male : Between 55 and 66 lb

Coat colour

Type of coat

Eye colour



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.


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    She is moderately affectionate although quite a serious creature in general. 

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    The French White and Orange Hound is moderately playful, and will pick up a game sooner if it is framed as work.

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    She is generally calm in the home, but energetic out on a job.

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    The French White and Orange Hound is a very intelligent dog, and quickly understands what is expected of her.

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    She is bred to be a hunter, and has a nose that will not lay idle.

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    Fearful / wary of strangers

    She is aloof rather than neurotic around unfamiliar company.

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    This is a very independent dog.

    Behaviour of the French White & Orange Hound

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      Tolerates solitude

      She is not especially keen on alone time and may start to howl if neglected.

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      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.

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      Barks, howls, the works, especially when working in a group.

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      Tendency to run away

      Her attention can be easily swayed by an itinerant scent, and she won’t think twice about chasing it – however far it takes her, and, often, however insistent her owner is for her to return.

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      The French White and Orange Hound is not especially destructive but can do significant damage if left alone and unstimulated.

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      Greedy / Gluttony

      She is not especially greedy, but it is better to divide portions to avoid a poorly tummy.

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      Guard dog

      This is not generally a reliable watchdog. You might find one who is willing to raise the alarm upon the arrival of intruders, but this is not always the case.

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      First dog

      The French White and Orange Hound is probably too willful and energetic to be a good idea for most families to take on before they have the experience to handle her.

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        French White & Orange Hound in a flat

        This big, physical dog needs a lot of space to burn off energy, and may feel cramped in a small space or without easy access to a large garden (preferably countryside) – especially since letting her off the lead in public is fraught with the risk that she won’t return.

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        Need for exercise / Sporty

        The French White and Orange Hound is a working dog and has lots of energy to burn if she is to remain in good shape, physically and mentally. 

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        Travelling / easy to transport

        Not much to report; she’s a bit much for most public transport situations, but should do fine in a car if accustomed from puppyhood.


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          French White & Orange Hound and cats

          This dog has a keen anti-small-furry-thing instinct and will certainly give chase to unfamiliar cats that cross her path. She may also see the family cat as a potential target.

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          French White & Orange Hound and dogs

          This hound gets on quite well with other dogs since she is a pack dog, and learns the canine codes from an early age.

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          French White & Orange Hound and children

          She is generally peaceful and loving with kids, if they respect her temperament. She should be accustomed to their company from a young age.

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          French White & Orange Hound and the elderly

          This dog is quite a bit to handle, and those who are frail or short of energy or expect themselves to become so during the dog’s lifetime should think twice about taking her in.



          Not available for general sale. Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £60 to £100 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.


          Regular brushing with attention to her dirt-trap ears should do the trick.


          Moderate and seasonal shedder

          Nutrition of the French White & Orange Hound

          Three cups of quality dog food divided across multiple meals per day. She should eat quietly and preferably an hour before and after intense physical exertion.

          Health of the French White & Orange Hound

          Life expectancy

          She is generally a healthy and sturdy dog, with an average lifespan of 11 years.

          Strong / robust

          She is both strong and robust.

          Withstand heat

          She tolerates heat better than many dogs but should not be overworked in the sun.

          Withstand cold

          Her short hair does not give very good protection against bad weather. A shelter (kennel) must be offered when it is cold and/or wet.

          Tendency to put on weight

          She will remain slender as long as her meals are balanced and she gets the exercise she needs.

          Common illnesses

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