The Porcelaine represents a snow-white canine beauty that is by no means fragile as its name might suggest. ″Porcelaine″ comes from French and means ″porcelain″. The name refers more to the porcelain color of its noble fur. You can find out more about the French hunting dog in the following article.
History of Porcelain
The ancestors of the Porcelaine were hunting dogs of the Middle Ages, which were primarily kept by the nobility. The French King Louis IX. is also said to have been the owner of the beautiful, noble hunting dogs. Predominantly in France, Italy, and Switzerland, the Porcelaine provided its master with reliable service as a pack dog, primarily when hunting small game.
At the time of the French Revolution in 1789, the Porcelaine, which was then still known as the ″Dog Briquet Francs″, was considered almost extinct. He owes his rescue to breeders from Switzerland in 1845.
Then, in the mid-19th century, the Somerset Harrier and the Grand Gascon Saintongenois were crossed. The noble hunting dog is said to have been named ″Porcelaine″ by the noble writer Marquis Théodore de Foudras, who had a weakness for hunting. After the breed had established itself, it was presented at dog shows in 1898. In 1964, the Chien de Franche-Comté, as the hunting dog is also called, was then recognized by the FCI as a French dog breed. He carries FCI Standard No. 30 and belongs to FCI Group 6 ″Scent hounds, scent hounds, and related breeds″, Section 1 ″Scent hounds″, 1.2 ″Medium sized scent hounds″.
The Appearance of the Porcelain
The Porcelaine has a slender, graceful body supported by high legs. Its porcelain-colored, silky, dense fur has orange-colored, smaller or larger, rounded spots on the body, often around the ears. Its lop ears, which are rounded downwards, are also orange in color and reach over the muzzle. The Porcelaine carries its thin, medium-length tail slightly curved and has gentle, dark eyes.
Essence and Character
The Porcelaine dog character is characterized by friendliness and gentleness, as long as the four-legged friend is used appropriately. Porcelaine’s passion is hunting and he does this very conscientiously when he is being hunted. He has an excellent sense of smell, which is ideal for tracking down small games such as rabbits or pheasants. The porcelain dog is very intelligent and can act independently. It pursues its prey persistently without showing signs of tiredness. He gives the so-called track sound, which always shows the hunter where he and the game are. A hunter who knows his hunting companion well also knows how to interpret his different “barks”. Depending on the situation, the Porcelaine barks in a different pitch. Heat doesn’t bother the four-legged friend at all when hunting. He also hunts tirelessly in wet and cold weather; however, its fine coat of fur does not protect it as well in the cold.
If the Porcelaine does not live in a hunting household, then the energetic endurance runner absolutely needs mental and physical alternative activities in order to be calm and balanced. Then he also feels comfortable in a ″normal″, very active family. The gentle, snow-white beauty also gets along well with children, who show him due respect. Therefore, the children in his pack should be a little older and more intelligent.
Since the Porcelaine used to live and hunt outdoors as a pack dog together with the other hunting dogs, it is very socially compatible. He can certainly live with other dogs or even cats if you get him used to it from an early age. There could be problems with smaller pets as the hound could easily see them as prey.
The Porcelain Dog is not necessarily a natural guard dog. Although he announces strange visitors, but rather gentle and not aggressive. At first, the fur nose met strangers in a rather reserved but friendly manner.
Acquisition of a Porcelaine
You should only buy a Porcelaine puppy if you have enough time and willingness to exercise it in a species-appropriate manner. The white beauty is the ideal dog as a hunting companion, but by no means as a pure companion dog. He needs to be kept busy mentally and physically to be happy.
What do I need to pay attention to when purchasing?
Since the Porcelaine was originally bred exclusively for hunting, there are only a few breeders. Serious Porcelaine breeders belong to a breeding club and often only give their offspring into the hands of hunters. Because they want to be sure that their puppy is kept in a species-appropriate manner by the new owner. A conscientious Porcelaine dog breeder will therefore examine you extensively if you are not a hunter. You should only buy Porcelaine puppies with a pedigree and make sure that the parents have not been inbred. Because this favors the susceptibility to diseases. A well-bred Porcelaine dog with papers costs upwards of 500 euros.