Before the French revolution, one of the favorite activities of the nobles was hunting with their dogs. Sadly, the demise of the nobility also meant extinction for a lot of hounds. After Napoleon's defeat, the monarchy was reconstructed and hunting regained its popularity. From 1820 to 1900 many British dogs was imported to France, helping the breeding of hounds, pointing dogs and retrievers.
The French Tricolour Hound is a result from crosses between Poitevin, Billy and Grand Francais Tricolore. It was used mainly for hunting in large groups and its primal targets were wolves, deer and boar. A pack of several dogs find the trail, chase the animal and bark loudly so the hunter can detect their position. Depending on the orders the dogs either kill the prey immediately or just corner it and wait for their master.
The breed was almost extinct after World War II. A couple of French hound admires succeeded in saving some representatives and resurrected the breed. The French Tricolour Hound was recognized by the FCI in 1957.
The Français Tricolore has a typical hound size - 60–72 cm tall and 33 – 35 kg in weight. The body is elongated, slim, elegant. The legs are long and strong. The short double coat come in three colors (as the name suggests) – white, black and tan.
Character and behavior
The primal function of the French Tricoloured Hound is hunting, so this dog can be a little wild or even aggressive sometimes. Of course, with proper socialization an training, it can become the perfect family pet. Some of these hounds are vigilant and can become very good watchdogs. In most cases, this good natured and sociable breed is not a good guardian, cause it will probably greet an intruder instead of chasing him away.
As already said, some hounds could show aggressiveness, which is considered a major flow and usually these dogs are excluded from breeding programs.
Training and education
The education of the French Tricoloured Hound can be quite a challenge. This is a natural hunter and doesn't need any additional training to perform these basic duties. However, the hunting instincts usually transform into stubbornness. Moreover, your dog can repeat a thing for many hours, just to prove you he already learned it.
The best methods for training are praises, rewards, tasty treats and gentle approach. Harsh methods don't work with these hounds and we suggest you avoid them at all costs.
The French Tricoloured Hound is prone to some diseases such as: hip dysplasia, eye problems,elbow dysplasia, demodex mange, skin allergies, skin infections; chronic ear infections and hound ataxia.
The average life expectancy is about 10 – 14 years.
Grooming and care
The grooming of this dog is relatively easy. It is enough to brush the hair 4-5 times per week to keep the short coat in good condition. Keep in mind that the ears are very sensitive and susceptible to infections. Regular cleaning and examinations are a must. You should also trim the nails of your puppy at least once in every 3 months.
Children and other pets
Like most hounds, this one is very kind with children and loves to play with them. However, do not forget that this is a very energetic animal and can unknowingly hurt smaller kids.
Also keep in mind that this dog possesses very strong instinct to chase and kill other animals, especially cats.
The French Tricoloured Hound's behavior towards strangers vary – some representatives are reserved, others are exceptionally friendly.
Before you start looking for puppies for sale of this breed, you should know that these hounds are part of the so called “loud dogs” group. This means that they possess a strong voice, which they use quite often. This could be a problem, especially if you leave in a city and have nervous neighbors nearby.