Porcelaine, also known as Luneville Hound and Franche Comte Hound is one of the oldest French breeds, that disappeared during the French Revolution and was "restored" in 1845 with help of Swiss cynologists. This dog has received its name because of shiny pinkish hair, which makes it looks like a porcelain figurine.
It originates from the white dogs of King Louis IX. The breed appeared in a middle of the fifteenth century after crossing the white dogs Saint Hubert Blanc de Lorraine and Swiss hounds. They were grown in Luxeuil abbeys and Cluny. They were favorites of kings and aristocrats.
By 1845, these dogs were called Franc Comtois, because of area where they were bred and only later got its present name.
Porcelaine is a tireless and relentless hunter chasing prey. It usually hunts rabbits and deers. It has a very sensitive sense of smell, incredible speed and seamlessly moves on steep and rocky terrain.
This breed is almost unknown outside its homeland and puppies for sale can be found mainly in France, Switzerland and Italy. The standard was officially published in 1964.
With such sophisticated name, you probably expect to see an ornamental puppy, fragile and sensitive. It really is a beautiful dog, but actually the Porcelaine is healthy, vigorous and resolute retriever. It has an elegant and noble figure. Head is pear-shaped, dry and sculpted. Legs are long, hair is sparkling white, shiny, short and thick. Ears are hanging and needlepoint, they have orange spots, which is very typical of this breed. The dog's neck is long and tightened. Tail is thick at a base and tapering to peak, standing slightly bent. Eyes are dark and very intelligent.
Males are high between 55 and 58 cm and females between 53 and 56 cm. Weight varies between 25 and 28 kg.
Character and behavior
The Porcelaine has a strong will and determination, it is full of energy during the hunt. This is a bold and durable dog, and one of the fastest among all hounds. It loves to runt and hunt and feels best among other hounds.
Training and education
If you want a Porcelaine at home, you will have to apply a relevant training - sociability, purity and obedience. This breed has a gentle nature, which facilitates education, but it should start from an early age. A perfect master of this dog is sporty, inveterate hunter who can run and play with a dog every day. Relationship between a dog and its owner is very strong and you shouldn't leave it alone for a long time. It is best to grow your puppy in a house with a large yard or a farm.
Grooming and care
The Porcelaine's maintenance is easy: it is enough to brush the coat every day with a soft brush. After hunting it is best to check the dog's ears for ticks.
The city life is not suitable for this breed, but it can be a great pet, if you provide it with long walks in fresh air.
It is recommended to give your dog foods rich in calcium and vitamins. This breed has an excellent health and rarely gets sick.
As with other large dogs, there may be cases of hip dysplasia and some eye problems. Average life expectancy is 12-13 years.
Children and other pets
This dog loves children and gets along well with other dogs. However, it is a hunter by nature and may consider small animals as a prey. This is a charming, calm and devoted dog, an excellent companion and hunter.
The breed got its name in the mid-nineteenth century. Its godfather was a writer and dog lover Marquis de Foudras.