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Origin, classification and history
F.C.I classification: Group 6 - hounds and dogs for blood tracks.
This particular breed has many names. It is also called "Montaimboeuf dog". The creator of the breed is identified in the person of Hublot du Rivault. It is the product of the crossing of these three breeds: the "Céris", the "Montaimboeuf" and the "Dogs of the Haut Poitou". From these three breeds, with years of selection to fix the essential characteristics, a hound with exceptional qualities was created.
Large dog, dolichomorphic dolichocephalus. Morphologically classified as a braccoid type. Well built, strong, light breed. The front quarter is a little more important than the rear. Dog with right relationships.
High quality hound. It has a very fine sense of smell. He is defined by many as a determined worker, very devoted to his master. Very intelligent and fairly well trained. He knows how to approach the wild well and perfectly knows how to follow a track. It has a long, light and very well-tuned voice. He loves to work alone. Very resistant to harsh climates, not very sensitive to intense colds. Exceptional companion, for those who want to enjoy its essential qualities, without trying it in the hunting environment.
Billy (photo www.vet-nantes.fr)
Billy (photo http://www.petpaw.com.au)
Height: from 60 cm to 70 cm.
Weight: varies from 25 to 30 kg.
Trunk: chest very descended and rather narrow. The ribs are flat. The back is quite wide, strong and slightly convex. The kidney is broad and slightly arched. The side is a little long and slightly retracted. The croup is inclined.
Head and muzzle: fairly fine, dry, rather square muzzle, of medium length. Scarce lips. The skull has a slightly convex forehead, not very wide. The nose-frontal fall is marked, apparent occipital crest. The nasal bridge is quite wide, straight, slightly convex, moderately long.
Truffle: well developed, black or orange brown.
Teeth: complete in development and number.
Neck: medium length, rather rounded and a little strong. There is a slight dewlap.
Ears: medium length, attached a little high for a French dog, rather flat and slightly turned in their lower part.
Eyes: alive, wide open and dark; black or brown eyelid edges.
Skin: white, but sometimes with dark brown or almost black spots. Elastic and fine.
Arts: strong, flat, well straight. The feet are well made, closed and rather rounded. The thighs are moderately muscular. The hocks are slightly angled, wide and strong.
Pace: easy gallop.
Shoulder: quite long, rather close to the side.
Musculature: fairly developed in all parts of the body.
Tail: long, strong, sometimes slightly velvety.
Hair: satin, hard to the touch and often a little thick.
Allowed colors: completely white or coffee and milk white, or even white with spots, or light orange or lemon coat.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, black or red coat, nasal bridge too short or too long, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, shy or aggressive character, incorrect movement, limbs not straight, snout not tending to square, lack of teeth.
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