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Chien français blanc et noir
French White and Black Hound
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The Chien français blanc et noir (FCI No.21)
translated into English as the French White and Black
Hound, is a breed of dog
of the scenthound type, originating in France. The breed is used for hunting in packs
and descends from the old Hound of Saintonge type of large hunting
The breed is a typical hunting pack hound, with a lean and
muscular body, long legs, slightly domed head, long drop ears, and
slightly square flews that just overlap the lower lip. Size is 65
to 72 cm (25.6 to 28.3 ins) at the withers, females slightly smaller.
The colour of the coat is white and black, with a black
mantle, sometimes speckled or ticked with black or blue. Pale tan dots
are above each eye as well as tan on the cheeks, below the eyes and
ears, and below the tail. Sometimes a tan marking is found on the
base of the upper thigh, which is called the 'roe buck mark'. Faults are listed as
deviations in appearance that have an effect on the health and
working ability of the dog, as well as indication of crossing with
Foxhounds or being off-colour, indicating that a dog with such
faults should not be bred.
The breed is noted for its perseverance on the hunt as well as a
good nose and voice. Unusual for pack dogs, it is friendly and easy
for humans to manage.
The breed's ancentry was in the old Hound of Saintonge, which
almost disappeared during the French Revolution, through the Gascon-saintongeois breed created by Count
Joseph de Carayon-Latour in the mid 1800s.
The Gascon-saintongeois hounds were crossbred with the Poitevin in the late 1800s to produce the
Chien français blanc et noir. The dogs were officially recognised
as a breed in 1957. In 2009, there were approximately 2000 of the
breed registered through the Fédération
The Chien français blanc et noir are pack hunting dogs, which
means that groups hunt together in packs, always directed by a
human, not running about hunting by themselves. The
Chien français blanc et noir packs are especially valued in the
hunting of deer.