Francais Blanc et Noir
The Francais Blanc et Noir is exactly what is says on the tin when translated into English: French white and black, and originates from France (surprise, surprise).
Their coat usually consists of the black coloring stretching all over their back, partially down their legs, up over their ears and the top half of their face, with the rest being white. This is not consistent across all dogs and often the black can come in patches or large spots over their bodies. Mixed in with this is usually some tan coloring above their eyes and occasional blueish spotting as well.
The confirmed history of this breed is just as patchy as some of their coats but it is widely believed that in the early 19th century a man called Henri de Flandre was responsible for the creation of the Francais Blanc et Noir. His efforts of breeding several different breeds was an attempt to create a dog that was perfect for hunting. An amazing nose, great stamina, and calm temperament were desirable traits and in attempting this Falandre actually created a trio of breeds: the Francais Tricolore, the Blanc et Orange, and the Blanc et Noir.
Unfortunately, no detailed records were kept about the origins of this breed and as a result of WWII, these dogs were severely decimated. It wasn't until 1957 that the Francais Blanc et Noir's numbers were stabilized but even with this help, the breed is still considered rare.
Depending on where they are the Francais Blanc et Noir can have different moods. When in their ancestral hunting mood they are excitable, full of energy, and can have an incredibly loud bark. Once they are fully trained, however, they respond very well to direction and commands but they do need a moderate to high amount of exercise. If instead, they are at home with the family they can be very relaxed and calm, are easy with new people and because of their pack hunting nature are very friendly with other dogs as well.
A typical lifespan for a Francais Blanc et Noir is 12 - 15 years providing they are well cared for and active.
Their medium length coat is usually fairly dense and straight that shedding can be moderate to heavy. Brushing is recommended twice a week and they rarely if ever need their coats trimmed. To properly look after this dog you should make sure to take care of their teeth and nails.
Fun and family friendly, this energetic breed is a dedicated and loyal companion to their owner.
|Male: 26–28 inches (65–72 cm)
Female: 24–27 inches (62–68 cm)
|60-71 pounds (27–32 kg)
|Black & White
|Average $500 - $700 USD