10–13 years old
Hounds, bloodhounds and related breeds
This is a rare but very beautiful breed of dog. At the origins of it is the real royal dog the white royal hound (Chien Blanc du Roy), which was one of the popular breeds at the court of the French monarchs. The disbandment of the packs of hunting dogs at the royal court occurred after the revolution in France. However, Gaston Hublot du Rivault prevented the final and irretrievable loss of blood of the royal dogs, who, on the basis of the white royal hound, brought out a completely new breed, named after the area the Château de Billy in France. To breed billy (also referred to as biyi), several more breeds were used in the 19th century Seris, Montebeuf and Larry, which are now considered lost.
A new breed of hunting dogs inherited from their ancestors an amazing scent, excellent endurance and energetic temperament. What brought her popularity in France, where she was used when hunting roe deer and wild boar. The breed standard was adopted in 1886.
Billy is a beautiful, harmoniously built dog of pure white, milk coffee or white with tan markings. Males can reach 70 centimeters at the withers, females can grow up to 62 centimeters at the withers. The eyes of animals are dark, like the nose, the head is graceful, with clear lines. The dogs themselves are light-footed, lean. They work great on large animals and have a clear voice.
Representatives of the breed are balanced, obedient and friendly, get along well with all family members, love children. However, pets can most often be seen as prey and pursued.
Standard care for ears, eyes and claws. Wool should be combed out periodically, during periods of molting 2-3 times a week. Bathe the animal only as needed.
Conditions of detention
Despite their light disposition, representatives of the breed are poorly adapted to life in the city, especially in cramped, small apartments. They need space and exercise. A working dog, which, no doubt, are representatives of the breed, it is difficult to do without hunting, which is its main purpose, and billy should not be tried to put “on the sofa”.
Since its inception, the breed has experienced a serious crisis that has put it on the brink of destruction. After the devastating World War II, the number of billies was significantly reduced, and the breed had to be restored almost from scratch. Fortunately, thanks to the active participation of devoted fans of these wonderful hunting dogs, including the descendant of the founder of the breed, billy is no longer in danger of extinction, despite the fact that these dogs are rarely seen outside of France. The Billy was officially recognized as a separate breed by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale in 1973. The cost of a puppy starts from 1 thousand. Euro.