Original Name : Chien Français Blanc et Noir
Type : Braccoid
Male size : 25½-28½ inches
Female size : 24½-26½ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : France
Dogs of this breed are highly valued in many roebuck packs, due to their industriousness and reliability. Distinguished and well proportioned, they have a fine nose and a good voice. These are friendly canines that form close relationships with humans and are able to live peacefully in kennels.
Rather long, in harmony with the whole, but not heavy or coarse, expressive and well carried.
Rather long, but well sustained back, muscular, well coupled loins, slightly sloping croup.
Black and white, with black mantle or more or less widespread black markings, possible black or bluish speckling, or small tan markings, but only on the legs.
Set at eye level, turned slightly.
Fairly thick at the base, carried rather high.
Smooth, fairly strong, close.
The Francais Blanc et Noir is descended from the Hound of Saintonge, whose origins are unclear. While it is no relation to the Bloodhound, it is probably a distant cognate of the 16th century white Greffier. The present type first appeared in the second half of the 19th century, but was later crossbred with the Poitevin and the Gascon Saintongeois. The first standard was published in 1957.
There are around two thousand dogs of this breed in France, and between three and four hundred puppies are born every year.