French Tricolour Hound
Francia FCI 219 - Large-sized Hounds

French Tricolour Hound

The French Tricolour Hound it is an unusual breed and little known outside of France.


History French Tricolour Hound

The true ancestry of French Scent hounds it will probably never be discovered as most early breeders didn't bother to keep any breeding records. However, it can be stated with quite certainty that the breed was created by mixing live and now extinct breeds of French and English Scent hounds.

The French Tricolour Hound it is a breed of recent creation (1957), probably comes from the crossing of the Great Anglo-French tricolor hound with the Poitevin hound, the Billy and possibly the Great Gascony Blue. The standard is of the year 1965.

The French Tricolour Hound was kept solely for hunting in large herds. Its largest quarry were large wild animals such as deer, the wolf and the boar. A group of several hounds detected the scent trail of one of these mammals and chased it, barking loudly so the hunter could go after them. Depending on the type of animal pursued, the dogs were to corner him or kill him immediately.

The number of specimens decreased dramatically after two world wars. French hunting enthusiasts managed to save her, although many unique French breeds were lost to the world during these terrible times.

At present their breeding and therefore their population are supported only by the French hunting community.. In general, the future of French Tricolour Hound you will be fairly insured as long as there are fans of dog hunting in your homeland.

Physical characteristics French Tricolour Hound

The French Tricolour Hound he is a distinguished dog, elegant, well built and muscular. The head is not too imposing, but rather elongated; the occipital protuberance is marked. Eyes are big and brown, sometimes with black border. The look is smart. The ears are larger than the Poitevin hound, placed at eye level, a little forward, not too flexible; pulled forward, it is preferred that they reach the base of the muzzle, but it is accepted that they are two fingers shorter. The queue is quite long, carried high and gracefully.

  • Hair: Short and quite fine.
  • Color: tricolor, with a more or less extensive coat. Shades of red preferably bright, that can reach the leather. Dark spots on the eyes and cheeks should be avoided, and the blue or tan spots on the limbs and body.
  • Size: 62 - 72 cm for the male and 60 - 68 cm for female.
  • Weight: approx.. 30 kg
  • Character and skills French Tricolour Hound

    The only function of the French Tricolour Hound is hunting, making it difficult to make a generalization regarding their behavior patterns and temperament in a home environment. However, it is not necessary to suggest that a socialized specimen can become an educated and balanced family pet. Like most scent hounds, he is gentle with children and likes to be a part of their various activities.. This dog is probably too energetic and playful to be a suitable companion for a child.

    The French Tricolour Hound tends to become somewhat distant and reserved in the presence of strangers. However, will never show open aggressiveness unless they suspect that something or someone threatens their family. Some of these dogs are vigilant enough to perform surveillance duties. This sociable and caring breed will make a terrible guardian, that he would rather greet an intruder by wagging his tail than resorting to necessary actions.

    Canine aggressiveness is considered a major defect in the temperament of hounds, that were developed for herd hunting. For this reason, members with the slightest hint of this undesirable trait are immediately excluded from the breeding program. The French Tricolour Hound is known for its exceptional tolerance towards other canines. Despite its excessively peaceful nature, also requires early socialization in this regard. It is worth remembering that the breed has a very powerful drive to hunt down and kill other species of animals., especially stray cats. You can get along with individual family pets if you have been raised with them since your puppy.

    French Tricolour Hound Health

    The most common problems for the breed include:

    – canine hip dysplasia;
    – elbow dysplasia;
    – eye problems;
    – sarna demodex;
    – skin infections;
    – skin allergies;
    – chronic ear infections;
    – bloodhound ataxia.

    Caring for the French Tricolour Hound

    The French Tricolour Hound Needs a negligible amount of maintenance. Regular brushing will be enough to keep his short, graceful coat in reasonably good condition..

    The ears of this breed are highly susceptible to irritation and infection, so its systematic examination and cleaning should become an essential part of care routines. Apart from that, the master must cut the emails of his French Tricolour Hound at least every two months.

    French Tricolour Hound Training

    The training of French Tricolour Hound poses a considerable challenge. The breed is a natural hunter and requires basic training in all that concerns its original hunting duties.. Unfortunately, his persistence in the search for prey turns into stubbornness in training. In addition, cannot stay focused on the same boring task for long and is easily irritated by its multiple repetitions.

    The best training strategy for this dog should include abundant rewards in the form of praise and tasty treats.. Negative reinforcement doesn't work with French Tricolour Hound and must be avoided at all costs.

    Exercise with French Tricolour Hound

    The French Tricolour Hound it is an athletic and robust hunting dog, easily adapts to extremely strenuous physical activity. At a minimum it should be taken on a brisk walk of 45 minutes. You should always wear a leash when you are outside, as it is very difficult to call you back once you have been lured by some interesting trail.

    The French Tricolour Hound behaves calm and relaxed once exercise requirements have been fully met. Keep in mind that a poorly exercised dog will gradually develop unpleasant behavior problems such as continuous barking, internal hyperactivity or destruction. This breed is best suited for suburban life in the house with a large, secure yard.

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    Type and recognitions:

    • Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds.
    • Section 1.1: Large-sized hound-type dogs.. With proof of work..


    • FCI – Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds. – Section 1.1: Large-sized Hounds.
    • Central Canine Society

    FCI breed standard "French Tricolour Hound"

    FCIFCI - French Tricolour Hound

    Alternative names:

      1. Chien Français Tricolore (English).
      2. Français tricolore (French).
      3. Französischer Dreifarbiger Laufhund(German).
      4. français tricolore (Portuguese).
      5. Sabueso francés tricolor (Spanish).


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