French white and black hound (Dog standard)

French white and black hound is a large pack hound of distinguished quality, but powerfully built, giving thus an impression of balance.

FCI-Standard N° 220 / 15.09.1997 / GB

(Chien français blanc et noir)

TRANSLATION : Mrs. Peggy Davis, revised by Dr. Paschoud..

ORIGIN : France.


UTILIZATION : Pack Hound for big game.

FCI-CLASSIFICATION : Group 6 Scenthounds and related breeds.
Section 1.1 Large SIZEd Hounds.
With working trial.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Large pack hound of distinguished quality, but powerfully built, giving thus an impression of balance.

HEAD : Rather imposing and fairly long, in hamony with the whole of the dog without ever being heavy or coarse, but expressive and well carried.

Skull : Slightly domed, rather narrow without exaggeration. Occipital protuberance apparent without excess, but sufficient to avoid the skull to appear too flat. The superciliary arches can be slightly prominent (reminiscent of Levesque blood).
Stop : Slightly marked.

Nose : Black ; nostrils well open.
Muzzle : Preferably a little arched.
Lips : Covering the lower lip.
Eyes : Dark, intelligent and trusting expression.
Leathers : Set at eye level, slightly curled; preferably they extend
to the set-on of the nose and must come to at least 2 fingers of it.

NECK : Quite long and strong, with sometimes a trace of dewlap.

Back : Rather long but well sustained.
Loin : Muscled and well joined.
Chest : Higher than it is broad and let down at least to the point of
the elbows. Ribs long and moderately sprung.
Belly : Slightly tucked up but leaving sufficient room for bowels.

TAIL : Quite thick at its root, rather long, carried elegantly.


FOREQUARTERS : Strong and well positioned.
Shoulders : Long, lean and oblique.
Elbows : Close to the BODY.

Hips : Oblique, in any case extending by a good length to the point of
the buttocks.
Thighs : Long and sufficiently muscled.
Hocks : Close to the ground, broad, powerful and slightly bent.

FEET : Rather elongated but lean and resistant.

GAIT/MOVEMENT : Supple and extended gallop.

SKIN : White under white HAIR, black under black HAIR with sometimes sub-cutaneous patches on the belly and inner thighs of blue COLOUR or not so dark.


HAIR : Short, quite strong and dense.

COLOUR : Obligatory white and black, with a black mantle (saddle) or with more or less extended black markings, with black or bluish speckling, or even speckles of tan COLOUR, but these permitted only on the legs. A pale tan marking above each eye as well as a pale tan on the cheeks, below the eyes, below the leathers and at the base of the TAIL. As in the Gascon-Saintongeois, the "roebuck mark" is quite frequently on the thigh.

SIZE : Large SIZEd hounds : from 65 to 72 cm for the males and from 62 to 68 cm for the bitches.

FAULTS : Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
Skull too broad, too round or too flat.
Superciliary arches too prominent.
Stop too accentuated.
Light nose.
Any trace of depigmentation, whatever it may be.
Overshot or undershot mouth.
Light eyes.
Leathers flat, too short or badly set.
Excessive dewlap.
Legs thin or badly positioned.
FEET fat.
TriCOLOUR COAT, tan too bright, black on the cheeks extending to the lips.
Any apparent trace of English hound blood in the HEAD and Poitevin aspect of the HEAD under the COLOURs white and black.
Timid dogs.

Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.

N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.

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