Origin, classification and history
F.C.I classification: Group 6 - hounds and dogs by blood trail.
The International Federation has only recently recognized the French Hounds in 1957. These dogs derive from the specimens obtained by the wetsuit maitres through the most varied crossbreeds. The intent was to obtain specimens of a new breed that were very suitable for use in hunting. They are said to have resulted from the coupling between "Saintongeois", "Poitevin" and "Foxhound". For a long time these new dogs did not take on well-established characters, so much so that they were called by the French cynologists themselves "batard". Once the typicality of the breed had stabilized, it did not spread much, and in fact today, they continue to be almost exclusively working dogs. Less widespread than other French hounds.
The Français Tricolore (French tricolor) is a medium-large dog. Large, very balanced, of good strength, it has slightly less large ears than the other French Hounds. Muscovy dog, elegant, sufficiently structured and muscular. It has a dry and well-sculpted musculature. Its skeleton is of the right diameter, in relation to the strength of the whole. He has a rather deep chest and a rather elongated head.
The character aspect is very similar in all three breeds of French Hounds. Mute dog par excellence, it symbolizes the high specialization of two breeds of which it is the product. It is a very experienced breed in the job. It has a very particular voice when it is chasing prey. It is a very quick and enterprising breed. He has a great desire to please the owner and a great learning ability. It is a dog that is recommended for people who love to take long walks and be outdoors. Breed totally unsuitable for living in the city.
Français Tricolore (photo http://wamiz.com)
Français Tricolore (photo www.chiens-online.com)
- males between 62 and 72 cm
- females between 60 and 68 cm.
Trunk: deep and well descended thorax, up to the elbows. Long and not too flat ribs. Back supported and well connected. Belly slightly retracted.
Head and muzzle: not too important, but fairly elongated; marked occipital protuberance. Straight muzzle, rather long and sometimes slightly sheepish. Lips more important than in "Poitevin", ie with a very light quadrature. Slightly rounded skull. Fairly developed skull and frontal furrow more pronounced than in "Poitevin".
Truffle: open nostrils, black.
Teeth: complete in development and number.
Neck: long, quite strong and sometimes with a slight trace of dewlap.
Ears: wider than those of the "Poitevin", attached at eye level, slightly turned, not too flexible, they preferably reach the root of the truffle or reach two fingers from them.
Eyes: large and brown, sometimes circled in black. The gaze is intelligent.
Limbs: front straight, wide. Lean feet. Hindquarters with hips straight, in harmony with the front. Long, sufficiently muscular thighs. Hocks wide enough, close to the ground, slightly bent.
Shoulder: long and close to the chest.
Pace: loose and light.
Musculature: dry and well-sculpted.
Tail: quite long, carried high and elegantly.
Skin: quite fine.
Hair: satin and rather fine.
Allowed colors: tricolor, with more or less extended gualdrappa. Preferably focate or even copper-colored spots. The carbon-colored stain on the cheeks and lips, as well as the blue or fire-colored muskets on the limbs and body are not to be found. Sheep hair is allowed.
Most common defects: ears too flat, ears too short or attached too high, prognathism, enognatism, depigmentation of the truffle, light eye, limbs fragile or poorly directed, hocks too straight, fat feet, apparent traces of English blood especially in the head, smoky heads, colors not allowed by the standard, non-standard measures, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, incorrect movement, defective rear axle.
curated by Vinattieri Federico - www.difossombrone.it