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Billy

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Billy

The Billy Dog is a large hunting dog with a fairly thin and well-chiseled head. The skull is slightly domed and it has a pronounced stop. The nose is black or brownish-orange. The medium ears are fairly flat and turn slightly at the tip. The large eyes are dark and edged with black or brown. This breed has a solidly-built frame with a long and powerful neck. The chest is very deep and narrow. The coat lies close to the body and is rather thick. Coat colors include white, white with coffee-brown markings, white with spots, mantle light orange or lemon. The long tail tapers to a tip.

Temperament The Billy is a very intelligent and courageous dog. Like most large hounds, they should not be off their lead as they are extremely fast and will take off after an interesting scent. This breed is known to be same sex aggressive and has been known to be a bit quarrelsome with his fellow pack mates. They have been known to compete in obedience.
Height, Weight Height: 24-26" ; Weight: 55-70 lbs.
Health Problems There are no known specific health concerns with this breed.
Living Conditions The Billy should never live in an apartment as they require lots of wide open spaces. They also have a distinctive bay, which may not be pleasing in the urban environment. He is sensitive to cold weather.
Exercise This breed requires lots of daily exercise.
Life Expectancy About 10-12 years
Grooming This breed has a short, thick coat that is easy to groom. Brush occasionally with a rubber brush.
Origin The Billy Dog is a combination of the Montemboeuf, Ceris and Larye breeds, which are now extinct. Foxblood was introduced to the Billy to keep bloodlines fresh. This breed was developed in the 19th century in Poitou, France by Monsieur Gaston Hublot du Rivault, who resided at the Chateau de Billy in Poitou. Though virtually unknown outside of France, the Billy is one of the most popular pack hounds for large game hunting. They are master deer hunters and its bay differs in tone by the greatness of the game he has sighted. The breed standard was established in 1886. They are recognized by the UKC.
Group Scenthound