The Porcelaine Dog, also known as the Chien de Franche-Comté in their native country, is a rare breed of scent hound that was decimated by the French Revolution, with only a few escaping France. While there were not enough pure Porcelaine Hounds available to keep the breed going on its own, there were enough to reestablish these beautiful dogs with the help of a closely related breed, the Schweizer Laufhund. They are both fierce and tenacious when hunting, but are typically known as calm dogs in the home who are particularly patient with children.
Geocaching is a modern-day activity, first introduced in the year 2000, that relies on cellular and GPS technology produce a worldwide treasure hunt. Geocache seekers search for a container that was hidden by another Geocacher utilizing information and clues that can be found on the geocaching website and the cell phone app that goes along with it. For many, simply finding and logging the geocache is enough entertainment, but many geocaches also contain small treasures, things like small plastic toys, pretty stones, or even special trackable items that you can purchase directly from the company that organizes the game. These energetic and determined scent hounds will have a great time enjoying the outdoors with you, and with their excellent olfactory senses, they may even be able to help find the treasure.
The childhood classic game Hide and Seek can easily be adjusted to entertain both humans and canines. Although dogs are not generally suited to the hiding portion of the game, scent hounds like the Porcelaine Dog are quite skilled and have extraordinary scenting capabilities which can help them find their missing friends and family members. This is an entertaining activity that you can do with your dog that allows your dog to use their minds as well as gives them an opportunity to use their scent discrimination abilities. This game is also a good way to allow for some much needed mental stimulation as well as providing opportunities to help bond with your pet.
While the majority of search and rescue dogs are herding breeds or retrieving breeds like Belgian Malinois, German Shepherd, Labrador and Golden Retrievers, and Newfoundlands, scent hound breeds such as the Bloodhound and the Porcelaine are particularly useful for trailing missing children or Alzheimer's patients who have wandered off and need to be found. Search and rescue dogs must be driven to find their quarry but also be composed around people and around other dogs; Procelaine Dogs were developed to work cooperatively with other dogs, and while they do have a very strong prey drive, they are also very communally minded dogs who get along very well with other dogs and people, particularly children.