The name Porcelaine refers to its shining coat, which makes it look like a porcelain statuette. During its heyday
in the 1700s, the Porcelaine was considerably larger than the modern breed of today. It is a very
distinguished-looking dog with a finely chiseled head, a black nose with wide-open nostrils, and a flat
forehead. Its eyes are dark with a sweet expression. The ears are thin, conical and pointed. The neck is long
and slender, and the tail is hefty at the base but narrowing to a point at the end. The skin should be pink with
sparse black mottling that shows up through the white coat. From a distance it gives an impression of pale
blue glass. The solid white coat is composed of very fine hair of miraculously short length. The color can be
interrupted by orange spots on the body but especially on its notable, sizeable ears.
The Porcelaine is an energetic and fierce hunter, but gentle at home and easy to handle. It is good with other
dogs and children. This friendly hound is vigorous and tireless with a wonderful sense of smell and a musical
voice. It is a hound used for hunting in packs for all types of wild game. Because these dogs hunt together
without orders from their owner, they have developed into very independent dogs which are brave and very
sociable. This is one of the few French hunting dogs that has overcome the confines of its native land and
aroused interest abroad. Given the proper activities and exercise, this is an ideal fellow for the home. Without
enough mental and/or physical exercise this dog can become high-strung and/or distractible. If it senses its
owners are not as strong minded as itself, it will become a bit willful as it will believe it needs to be the leader
of the relationship. It will bark at suspicious noises, but it is not a watchdog. Hunting instincts develop early.
Puppies, even at eight weeks old, often display pointing behavior. Proper human to canine communication is
Height: Males 22 - 23 inches and Females 21 - 22 inches
Weight: 55 - 65 pounds
No known health problems
Not recommended for apartment life.
This breed needs a lot of exercise, including a daily, long, brisk walk or jog. While out on the walk the dog must
be made to heel beside or behind the person holding the lead, as instinct tells a dog the leader leads the
way, and that leader needs to be the human.
About 12-13 years
The glossy white coat is easy to care for.
They are believed to be the oldest of the French scenthounds, the Porcelaine is also known as the Chien de
Franche-Comté, after a former French region bordering Switzerland. Following the French Revolution
(1789-1799), examples of the Porcelaine were found at the Franco-Swiss border, leading to confusion over
whether it is of French or Swiss origin. However, the breed is recognized as French, and is thought to descend
from the English Harrier, the now-extinct Montaimboeuf, as well as some smaller Laufhunds of Switzerland. The
breed has been recorded in France since 1845 and in Switzerland since 1880, when the first hunting packs
were established. At one point after the French Revolution, the breed actually disappeared but was
"reconstructed" and now stands on solid ground. The Porcelaine is mainly used for hunting hare and roe deer
in packs and is found mostly in France. They are not known outside France, Switzerland and Italy. They also
hunt wild boar (in the north).
FCI, NKC, APRI, ACR, DRA, UKC