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 the other two French breeds and therefore poorly bred. There also appears to be "Billy" blood in this breed. In the opinion of many experts and some authors, it is also the least established breed among the three French of this genus.
The Français Blanc et Orange (French white and orange hound) is a medium-large dog. Large, very balanced, with good strength. Muscovy dog, distinct, with a strong and muscular structure. 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. It gives an impression of balance and rusticity.
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. It is not a breed that requires special care or grooming, it can be said that it does not give problems neither for its coat, since it is a shaved coat, nor for its resistance to diseases, which is excellent.
Français Blanc et Orange
Français Blanc et Orange (photo http://gallery-pic.com)
Height: from 62 to 70 cm at the withers, with a tolerance of 2 cm for the maximum size.
Trunk: wide thorax. Ribs circled. Wide and straight back. Generally convex kidney, called harp. Belly full. Round rump without being lowered enough.
Head and muzzle: fairly broad and elongated. Slightly rounded skull, barely marked occipital protuberance. Muzzle of length almost a little equal to that of the skull. The well-marked frontal sulcus, without prominent eyebrows. Fairly pronounced lips that give the muzzle an almost square shape.
Truffle: well developed, black, brown-orange.
Teeth: complete in number and development.
Neck: straight, long enough, slight dewlap.
Ears: attached slightly below the level of the eye line, flexible, fine, slightly curled up and reaching two fingers from the beginning of the truffle.
Eyes: large, dark brown in color.
Limbs: front strong and wide. Hare feet. Hindquarters with very muscular thighs. Hocks close to the ground and slightly bent.
Shoulder: oblique and well muscled.
Gait: fairly loose, light and strong gallop.
Musculature: sufficiently developed.
Skin: white with yellow or orange spots, the palate may be yellow. White or yellow scrotum.
Hair: satin and fine.
Allowed colors: lemon-white or orange-white, provided that the latter color is not too dark, tending to red.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, colors not allowed, incorrect movement, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, curved or deviated tail, thin or too long muzzle, defective rear end, depigmentation, lack of conformation, clear eyes, non-standard measures.
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