Provence dog

He is not recognized by the F.C.I.

Origin
France
Translation
Francis Vandersteen
Group
Group 6 Scenthounds, and related breeds
Section
Section 1.2 Medium sized Hounds
Working
With working trial
En français, cette race se dit
Briquet de Provence
Diese Norm ist in deutscher Sprache sichtbar
Provence-Hund
En español, esta raza se dice
Perro de Provenza
In het Nederlands, wordt dit ras gezegd
Provence hond

Usage

Small game dog.

Brief historical summary

The word "briquet", a small hunting dog, appears in French literature as early as 1440.
Briquets, the result of various crosses, were described by Count Le Couteulx de Canteleu (Manuel de Vénerie française) in 1890.
The Provence lighter has long been established in southeastern France. Widespread in the early 20th century, it was the subject of a first standard in 1934 in the work by Heuillet, veterinary surgeon, Tous les chiens, preface by Paul Dechambre, professor of zootechnics at the Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire d'Alfort. It was cited by Burnand (La Chasse) in 1967.
The breed was revived in the 1980s under the impetus of Jacques Bolla. The Club du Briquet de Provence was founded in 2003. Breed appraisal by Professor Denis, Mr. Thonnat and Mrs. Metans in 2006. Second standard established in 2008 by Mme Metans, M. Bolla, M. Goubie and M. Triquet.

General appearance

Medium-sized dog, not too long, solid, with good bone structure.

Important proportions

Rectangular, scapulo-ischial length slightly greater than height at withers.
Muzzle length equal to or slightly less than skull length.

Behaviour / temperament

Courageous, efficient, resistant and well-balanced. Naturally gentle, obedient, very attached to its master, sociable with other dogs, lively and fast. They are naturally inclined towards wild boar and are cautious in their work. He has a very fine nose. He is a very good hare raiser. Short, even voice, low-pitched but sometimes higher ("howling voice").

Head

Cranial region

Head
Parallel or slightly divergent lines of skull and muzzle.
Skull
The skull, from stop to occiput, is equal to or slightly longer than the muzzle. Skull broad, slightly domed, without wrinkles; occipital protuberance not very pronounced.
Stop
Little or moderately pronounced.

Facial region

Nose
Black, without wrinkles. Nostrils wide open. Viewed from the side, the nose is slightly in front of the tip of the lips.
Muzzle
Lateral faces of muzzle almost parallel or slightly convergent towards tip of muzzle.
Lips
Cover the lower jaw without being pendulous. Discreet lip border. Black lip margin.
Nasal bridge
Straight bridge of nose.
Jaws and teeth
Powerful jaws. Very strong, regular and complete dentition (absence of PM1 tolerated). Scissor bite; pincer bite (end to end) tolerated. All incisors must be set square to the jaws.
Eyes
Oval, wide open, dark in color. Slightly lighter eyes are tolerated, in keeping with coat color. Eyelids close to the eyeball, with well-pigmented rims. Gentle expression in the eyes.
Ears
Set at eye level or slightly below. At the top of the ear, the front edge is rolled outwards. Lower down, they widen and roll slightly inward. The tip is slightly rounded. When carried forward, the tip of the ear leather should reach the base of the nose.

Neck

Fairly long, elegant, well muscled. Curved upper profile. The skin around the throat may be a little loose.

Body

Topline
Harmonious, well sustained topline.
Withers
Slightly marked withers.
Back
Solid, straight back.
Loin
Strong and muscular, slightly convex.
Croup
Slightly sloping.
Chest
Chest deep, reaching the point of the elbow; ribcage well developed towards the rear. Well sprung ribs. Ample brisket.
Underline and belly
Belly slightly tucked up at rear, but full flanks.

Tail

Set slightly low. Strong root. When the dog is in action, the tail is carried saber-shaped; when static, it drops below the topline, slightly curved.

Limbs

Forequarters

Generality
Plumb.
Shoulders
Oblique, not meaty.
Elbows
To the body, neither in nor out.
Forearm
Vertical.
Carpal
Strong.
Pastern
Seen from the front, in the vertical line of the forearm; seen in profile, slightly sloping.
Forefeet
Strong, round, in line with the body.

Hindquarters

Generality
Plumb, well muscled and well angulated. Hindquarters, seen from behind, parallel and vertical.
Upper thigh
Muscular.
Lower thigh
Muscular with visible tendons.
Metatarsus
Seen in profile, almost perpendicular to the ground.
Hock
Strong and well bent.
Hind feet
Rounded, slightly longer than front feet. No dewclaws.

Gait and movement

Supple and harmonious. Lively, elongated trot with good thrust from the hindquarters. Gallop without significant vertical movement.

Skin

Supple, fairly thick, conforming to the shape of the body.

Coat

Hair
Soft, short and close.
Colour
Uniform deep fawn (called red), charcoal fawn, fawn with black mantle; very limited spotting permitted (white at tips of legs and tail, on chest, small star on skull).

Size and weight

Height at withers
Males : 50 cm to 55 cm. Females : 44 cm to 50 cm.
A tolerance of plus or minus 2 cm is accepted.

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.

Serious faults

 Dog too light.
 Pointed or whistling muzzle.
 Eyes too light (yellow).
 Discolored nose.
 Ears too curled.

Disqualifying faults

 Aggressive or timid dog.
 Lack of type (insufficiency of ethnic characteristics which means that the animal, as a whole, no longer sufficiently resembles its congeners of the same breed).
 Overshot or undershot mouth.
 Presence of ladre on the nose or testicles.
 Ears set too low, clearly below the eyes.
 Nasal bridge too long or convex.
 Short or atrophied tail.
 Hare's feet.
 Crushed dog on wrists.
 Dewclaws.
 White spots on the body.
 Size outside standard limits (tolerance included).

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.

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