French tricolour hound

FCI standard Nº 219

Origin
France
Translation
Mrs. Peggy Davis, revised by Dr. Paschoud
Group
Group 6 Scenthounds and related breeds
Section
Section 1.1 Large sized Hounds
Working
With working trial
Acceptance on a definitive basis by the FCI
Tuesday 15 December 1959
Publication of the official valid standard
Tuesday 01 August 2023
Last update
Friday 06 October 2023
En français, cette race se dit
Français tricolore
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Französischer Dreifarbiger Laufhund
En español, esta raza se dice
Sabueso Francés Tricolor
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Franse tricolor

Usage

Pack Hound for big game.

General appearance

Large pack hound, elegant, sufficiently well boned and muscled.

Head

Cranial region

Head
Not too imposing, but quite elongated; occipital protuberance marked.
Skull
Very slightly domed, skull quite developed. 
Stop
More accentuated than in the Pointevin.

Facial region

Nose
Black; open nostrils.
Muzzle
Straight, rather long and sometimes slightly arched.
Lips
More substantial than in the Pointevin, i.e. very slightly square.
Eyes
Big and brown, sometimes circled with black. Intelligent expression.
Ears
Broader than those of the Poitevin, set at eye level, slightly curled, not too supple, preferably extending to the set-on of the nose or within two fingers of it.

Neck

Long, rather strong and sometimes with a slight trace of dewlap.

Body

Back
Sustained and solid.
Chest
Deep and well let down, at least as far down as the point of the elbows. Ribs long and not too flat.
Underline and belly
Very slightly tucked up.

Tail

Quite long, carried high and with elegance.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Well positioned, broad and straight.
Shoulders
Long and close to the chest.

Hindquarters

Generality
Hips : Well laid, in harmony with the forequarters.
Upper thigh
Long, sufficiently muscled.
Hock
Rather broad, low set, slightly bent.

Feet

Lean.

Gait and movement

Easy and light.

Skin

Quite fine.

Coat

Hair
Short and rather fine.
Colour
Tricolour, with black mantle more or less spread out. Tan preferably bright or even copper-taned. Neither blackend tan on the cheeks and on the lips nor blue or tan fleckings on the legs and on the body are to be sought after. The grizzled « wolf colour » is admitted.

Size and weight

Height at withers
From 62 to 72 cm for the males and from 60 to 68 cm for the bitches.

Faults

• Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and its ability to perform its traditional work.
• Faults listed should be in degree of seriousness.

General faults

 Pink spots on the nose.
 Under-or overshot mouth.
 Light eyes.
 Leathers too flat, too short or set too high.
 Legs badly positioned or thin.
 Hocks too straight.
 Fat feet.
 Any apparent trace of English hound blood, especially in the head.
 "Smoky" coloured heads which indicate cross-breeding with the White and Black Hound and all other colours than those above mentioned.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or overly shy.

NB :

• Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
• The above mentioned faults when occurring to a highly marked degree or frequently are disqualifying.
• Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
• Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical conformation should be used for breeding.

Bibliography

http://www.fci.be/

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