Chien Francais Tricolore
Chien Francais Tricolore – General Description
The Chien Francais Tricolore translated into English as the French Tricolor Hound, is a breed of dog of the scenthound type, originating in France. The breed is used for hunting in packs.
Classification and Standards
- FCI Group 6, Section 1.1, #219
- UKC Scenthound Group
Character & Temperament
The Chien Francais Tricolore are pack hunting dogs, which means that groups of dogs are hunted together, always directed by a human, not running about hunting by themselves. Dogs bred to be pack hunting dogs do not usually make good pets.
The Chien Francais Tricolore is descended from crosses between tricolored Poitevins and Foxhounds. This combination has strongly influenced this breed in many ways. These animals are strong and compact in stature like the foxhound with a black blanketed tricolor coat. They were used as a pack dog to hunt large game such as Roe Deer, boar, or smaller animals such as fox.
Size & Appearance
The breed is a typical large French hunting pack hound, with a lean and muscular body, long legs, elongated head with a noticeable occipital protuberance, long drop ears, and slightly square flews. Size is 23.6 inches (62 cm) to a maxium size of 28.3 inches (72 cm) at the withers, females slightly smaller.
The coat is tricolor, with a wide black mantle, and tan parts are of a bright colour. A grizzled colour called “louvard” (“wolf-like”) is also seen in the breed. Faults are listed as physical or behavioral abnormalities, and a dog with such faults should not be bred. Faults include fat feet, aggression, or any trace of crossing with English hounds.
Health & Maintenance
The short coat of a Chien Francais Tricolore is similar to the Chien Francais Blanc et Noir (French White and Black Hound) which needs very minimal grooming. The good condition of the coat can be enhanced with occasional brushing with a firm bristle brush or a rubdown with a chamois cloth. After a hunting trip the ears must be wiped clean to avoid infection.
- Breed Standard – http://www.fci.be/uploaded_files/219GB97_EN.doc
- Club du chien d’ordre (in French) – http://www.venerie.org/tout_chiens_ordre.php?PHPSESSID=%20c6723c4b89ac4e824009e57b9f207ca2
Chien Francais Tricolore (French Tricolor Hound)
FCI-Standard N° 219 / 15.09.1997 / GB
TRANSLATION : Mrs. Peggy Davis, revised by Dr. Paschoud.
ORIGIN : France.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 13.01.1965.
Pack Hound for big game.
F.C.I. CLASSIFICATION :
- Group 6 Scenthounds and related breeds.
- Section 1.1 Large sized Hounds.
With working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE :
Large pack hound, elegant, sufficiently well boned and muscled.
Not too imposing, but quite elongated; occipital protuberance marked.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Very slightly domed, skull quite developed.
Stop : More accentuated than in the Pointevin.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Black; open nostrils.
Muzzle : Straight, rather long and sometimes slightly arched.
Lips : More substantial than in the Pointevin, i.e. very slightly square.
Eyes : Big and brown, sometimes circled with black. Intelligent expression.
Leathers : Broader than those of the Poitevin, set at eye level,
slightly curled, not too supple, preferably extending to the set-on of
the nose or within two fingers of it.
Long, rather strong and sometimes with a slight trace of
Back : Sustained and solid.
Chest : Deep and well let down, at least as far down as the point of
the elbows. Ribs long and not too flat.
Belly : Very slightly tucked up.
Quite long, carried high and with elegance.
Well positioned, broad and straight.
Shoulders : Long and close to the chest.
Hips : Well laid, in harmony with the forequarters.
Thighs : Long, sufficiently muscled.
Hocks : Rather broad, low set, slightly bent.
GAIT / MOVEMENT :
Easy and light.
Short and rather fine.
Tricolor, with black mantle more or less spread out. Tan preferably bright or even copper-toned. Neither black and tan on the cheeks and on the lips nor blue or tan fleckings on the legs and on the body are to be sought after. The grizzled « wolf color » is admitted.
From 62 to 72 cm for the males and from 60 to 68 cm for the bitches.
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 and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
- Pink spots on the nose.
- Under-or overshot mouth.
- Light eyes.
- Leathers too flat, too short or set too high.
- Legs badly positioned or thin.
- Hocks too straight.
- Fat feet.
Any apparent trace of English hound blood, especially in the head. “Smoky” coloured heads which indicate cross-breeding with the White and Black Hound and all other colours than those above mentioned.
ELIMINATING FAULTS :
- Aggressive or overly shy.
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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