French Tricolour Hound
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Features of the breed
History of Origin
France is famous for producing some of the finest hunting dogs in its expanses. Therefore, the skillful French Tricolour Hound is known for its emergence thanks to Henry de Flandre’s breeder by crossing several hounds at once. The result was a hardy and graceful breed, which is now rare in Europe and even France. The breed standard was officially recognized in 1965.
Originally, the tricolor hound lived in kennels. That is why the dog is considered very loyal and gets along well with other pets. However, it is not the best choice for the role of companion, the nature of a pile dog can take over.
Its main prey is large animals such as deer or wild boar. A group of several dogs should follow the trail, making a ringing barking sound. It is teamwork that can lead to the desired result, so training and discipline will be a very important step in the hound’s education.
Appearance: height, weight, fur, color
Oblong head with a very confident gaze, well-developed nostrils. The body is strong; the chest is wide and deep down. The taut abdomen is in harmony with the strong limbs. The long tail is thick at the base. The tight-fitting short coat has three shades at once: white, black, and pale.
The main purpose of the energetic and restless French Tricolour Hound is hunting. Purely theoretically, it is possible to imagine this pet’s life in an apartment, as the dog loves companionship and gets on well with children. But the most comfortable conditions for this breed are a large area and the possibility of constant active exercises.
Aggressiveness for this breed is not welcome, so if their relatives notice this, the dog can be excluded from the team. To raise a hound, it is necessary to have a strong owner and daily training, first in the form of games and then at a more serious level.
The French Tricolour Hound is considered a brilliant dog, able to learn quickly. Sometimes they can be stubborn, so the owner must immediately show who is in charge.
However, it is better not to use the dog as a guard. An overly sociable nature can lead to the fact that every guest coming to the house will be accompanied by excessive interest and affection from the hound.
Of course, the owner is the most important thing in a dog’s life, so he always tries to please him and deserve praise. However, it is not necessary to spoil the dog.
A short-haired hound does not require careful grooming. It is enough to keep the coat clean and shiny. During shedding, which occurs twice a year, comb it well.
The French Tricolour Hound cannot concentrate on one task long so that learning commands can be a problem. Because of its single-mindedness and total dedication to the hunt, the hound can show a stubborn nature. The main challenge is just learning the basic skills for hunting. Since the most important thing in life for the hound is the owner, the best training strategy will encourage an abundant expression of their positive emotions.
The French Tricolour Hound has a strong immune system and is not particularly prone to various diseases. However, a couple of them can be distinguished:
- joint dysplasia;
- degenerative myelopathy;
- heatstroke – from long exposure to the sun, the dog may suffer cramps;
- rabies is an infectious disease to which many hunting dogs are exposed;
- mucous membrane injuries of the eyes – be sure after each walk, the owner should examine the pet.
The French Tricolour Hound, like other hunting dogs, spends a long time outside. Therefore, routine vaccinations should be a must for the owner.
The hound is not prone to stomach diseases and allergies, so that the diet can be varied. Lean meats, fruits, and vegetables are fine but don’t forget that when the dog spends a lot of time exercising, the diet will increase.