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French White and Orange Hound

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The most populous breed in France, The Grand French Hounds are made up of the three breeds: Tricolor, White/Black and the breed we cover here, the White/Orange.  More than simply color variations, these differences are the result of selective breeding by different people at different times introducing new outcrosses for different goals.  The distinction of the White/Orange is the most recent with recognition in 1978.  As a hunter, these dogs seem second to known, additionally, the exceedingly gentle temperament of the Scenthounds apparent making them good candidates as companions as well.

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General Information
Group(s): HoundsScent Hound Height: 24-28 inches at the shoulder
Weight: 60-90 pounds Longevity: early teens
Colors: white and orange (can be lemony) Coat type: smooth, short offering minimal protection from the elements
Recognized Registries: ARBA, FCI
Overall Appearance: Deep chested, well sprung in the ribs and smooth coated, the French White and Orange Hound is built for stamina. Exceptional nose and noble expression make it a notable presence.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: low to moderate when inside; higher outside
General Nature: exceptional
  with Children: typically highly reliable and loving when children are not terrors!
  with other pets: some supervision is required here due to the hunting nature of the breed, but generally very good with animals they are familiar with and introduced to gradually
  with dogs: exceptional, playful but noncombatant, generally very easy going, more interested in social interaction than playing the hierarchy game
Socialization requirements: advisable to help with confidence in new situations
Ideal home characteristics: One that recognizes the unique personality of a scenthound, the exceptional mind (that may be slower to awaken than the sharp intentness of Border Collies for example) and enjoys the color of a dog with occasional voice
Temperament Notes: Stable personality even though there are exercise and energy requirements. Not too prone to cabin fever or hyperactivity.
Training requirement: Moderate. As a large dog it can be a handful but typically just due to power and lack of understanding not distraction or disinterest.
Trainer notes: Distraction, the power of that nose, is the greatest obstacle to training a scenthound.  It seems when that nose is engaged that the brain is so overwhelmed with data, that the trainer's efforts are little more than background noise.  This is not to say that this breed or any other scenthound cannot be trained but that rather, one of the first things to be addressed (ideally in the training of every dog) is focus and attention and trust.  It's just with some dogs, it seems to emerge from general interaction with some great people.  Additional notes, if you like a dog of comedy, and prefer goofy humor (think Jim Carey, Chevy Chase, Three Stooges, Vaudeville and more) the scenthounds can deliver miles of laughs.  Very few breeds seem more capable of finding themselves in impossible situations that only Sherlock Holmes could track the path of.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1978 for the French White and Orange
Country of Origin: France
Original Function: Scenthound, Packhound, Foxhunting
History: Since ancient times this dogs ancestors have been perfected by the hunting circles of France and England, the three breeds as they are recognized today are all descended from those dogs with the additions and preferences of those kennelmasters.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard: oversize, excessive dewlap
Health Notes: not currently available but likely similar to other large breeds including Canine Hip Dysplasia, eye problems
Health Testing: OFA, CERF
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How did you come across the French White and Orange Hound?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • How do you select your breeding stock?
  • What titles do you seek for your breeding stock?
  • What health clearances do you get for your breeding stock?
  • Will you be keeping a puppy from this litter?
  • What do you consider the proper temperament for the breed?
  • Do you keep your dogs for hunting or companions?
  • What suggestions do you offer for training and socializing a puppy?
  • What would you consider the ideal home?
  • What health problems are you aware of in the breed?
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Breed standard: FCI standard of the French White and Orange Hound

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