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Billy

A Royal and Grand Huntsman

Breed
FCI-6
Scenthounds and Related Breeds
FCI
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Original Name : Billy

Type : Braccoid

Male size : 23½-27½ inches

Female size : 22¾-24½ inches

Degree of grooming :

Countries of origin : France

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Billies are large hounds native to Haut-Poitou in west central France. Their ancestors – large white dogs – were frequent tenants of the royal kennels in the reign of Louis XIV.

Head+

Fairly fine, lean, medium length.

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Body+

Fairly broad, strong, slightly convex back, broad, slightly arched loins, sloping croup, very deep, quite narrow chest.

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Coat+

Completely white or café au lait white or white with light orange or lemon patches or mantle.

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Ears+

Medium sized, set a little high for a French hound, rather flat and turned slightly inward.

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Tail+

Long, strong, sometimes lightly feathered.

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Hair+

Smooth, harsh to the touch, often a little coarse.

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Billies take their name from a chateau near Poitiers where Gaston Hublot du Rivault first developed the breed.Billies are most at home on the trail of hares and wild boars, which is where you will see the best of them. Consequently, the breed’s most important qualities are connected with their hunting aptitudes.

Did you know ?

Billies have a beautiful high-pitched voice. Like all hounds, Billies are most vociferous when they are tracking a mark, which, according to the experts, generates a unique symphony of sounds.

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