Get to know the French Tricolour Hound
All you need to know about the breed
The French Tricolour Hound is a pack dog that feels most at home when taking part in sporting activities. They thrive best in natural surroundings, with space to run around in and plenty of exercise on a daily basis.
The French Tricolour Hound requires a confident owner, who will be persistent when it comes to training. This is a highly alert breed, always ready for the chase, and most content when given a task to focus on. Generally speaking, scent hounds are gentle and affectionate towards children, once trained of course, but they are too energetic as a breed to be around babies and toddlers!
A French Tricolour Hound and other dogs? The more the merrier - they are pack dogs after all. However, other household pets such as cats, guinea pigs and hamsters: well, the best way to describe it is as a match not made in heaven, due to the French Tricolour Hound’s prey drive. Sorry, folks.
Ultimately, this active breed is suited to an outdoorsy lifestyle. Also, if you have your heart set on this breed, be patient: the French Tricolour Hound is an incredibly rare breed, even within their homeland.
2 facts about French Tricolour Hounds
Things to look out for
From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your French Tricolour Hound
May experience hip issues
The French Tricolour Hound is a robust dog that mostly enjoys good health. However, it is common for them to experience hip dysplasia. This genetic condition causes a looseness of the “ball and socket” hip joint, and leads to osteoarthritis. A responsible breeder will screen your puppy’s parents to check for genetic predispositions and your vet will be able to provide a thorough examination during your dog’s check-up appointments.
Keep them in shape
Stay on top of your French Tricolour Hound’s food intake: training treats definitely count as part of their daily kibble. Excess weight gain can lead to unnecessary health problems, as it puts extra pressure on the joints. The breed is naturally active, so keeping them occupied with an interactive training exercise or game will keep their mind sharp and their body trim, for as long as possible.
Caring for your French Tricolour Hound
Grooming, training and exercise tips
Despite all that time spent outdoors, the French Tricolour Hound is low-key when it comes to grooming, with one to two brushes required per week for a healthy coat. Like all hound dogs, special attention should be paid to their floppy ears, which can harbour dirt or germs and lead to infections. Keep their nails trimmed and maintain their dental hygiene with regular tooth brushing (daily is ideal if possible). Keep your French Tricolour Hound in great shape with lots of exercise, made up of moderate-paced walks (45 minutes), task-based activities, and stimulating playtime in the back garden, which should add up to about 2 hours per day. Be sure to always keep them on a leash when outdoors - calling them back once their nose has caught onto a scent is difficult. A positive but firm approach is required when it comes to training your French Tricolour Hound, which is why they match well with confident owners. They are easily bored by repetitive exercises - keeping them focused will present a challenge for both of you! Any food treats given as rewards should be counted as part of their daily kibble.