Porcelaine is a breed of
dog originating from France.
is believed to be the oldest of the French scent hounds
. Its alternate name is the Chien de
Franche-Comté, named after a French region bordering Switzerland.
This caused some debate over the dog's
origin, but it has been decided that it is a French dog.
The Porcelaine gets its name from its shiny coat, said to make it
resemble a porcelain statuette
. The fur is
white, sometimes with orange spots, often on the ears. The skin
should be white with black mottling that is visible through the
white coat. The fur is incredibly short and very fine. The nose of
a Porcelaine dog is black with very wide nostrils. It also has
black eyes and thin, pointy ears that droop down like a Labrador
's. The neck is long and the tail starts
thick and narrows to a point at the end.
Porcelaine males range from 22 to 23 inches (about 56 to 58.5
centimeters) tall. Bitches are 21 to 22 inches (about 53.5 to 56
centimeters) tall. They weight from 55 to 62 pounds (about 25 to 28
Porcelaines has a very high activity level and therefore needs a
lot of exercise. Because of this, they are not recommended for
people living in apartments because they cannot get sufficient
exercise without a lot of work on the owner's part. Despite the
Porcelaines being fierce hunters, they are gentle and relatively
easy to handle.
The Porcelaine is thought to be a descendant of the English
Harrier, some of the smaller Laufhounds of Switzerland, and the
now-extinct Montaimboeuf. There have been records of the breed in
France since 1845 and in Switzerland since 1880.
actually disappeared after the French
but has been reconstructed.They are now attempting to become a
recognized breed in the UK and there has now been 14 puppies breed
in the UK. (2009)
Porcelaines have no health issues specific to the breed. Of course,
they suffer from general dog issues like any other breed.
The coat, due to its shortness, is very easy to care for.
Use in Hunting
The Porcelaine is a hunting dog usually used to hunt hare, roe
deer, and in the north wild boar. The Porcelaines hunt in packs.
Being a scent hound, it has a very good sense of smell with which
it hunts. The Porcelaine is a fierce hunting dog that has been bred
to hunt independently without many orders from the owner.