Porcelaine Dog

55-62 lbs
21-22"
France
Chien de Franche-Comté, Porcelain Hound

The Porcelaine Dog is a scenthound that was originally bred to hunt prey in packs; therefore, they are a very social dog. He is a very rare breed, and rarely is he kept solely as a family companion. Most Porcelaine Dogs are kept by hunters to still perform scenthound work. His name comes from his coat color which is reminiscent of porcelain. Even though he is a rare breed, he is still a hound with hound attributes and looks. He can have a stubborn streak in him, but he is loyal to his family, forming a special bond with his hunting companion. 

Purpose
Scenthound
Date of Origin
1700s
Ancestry
English Harrier, Laufhund and Montaimboeuf

Porcelaine Dog Health

Average Size
Male Porcelaine Dog size stats
Height: 22-23 inches Weight: 55-62 lbs
Female Porcelaine Dog size stats
Height: 21-22 inches Weight: 55-62 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Usually Very Healthy
Minor Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Diagnoses
  • None Known
Occasional Tests
  • Hip X-Rays

Porcelaine Dog Breed History

The Porcelaine Dog is thought to be the oldest French scenthound. Many in France still call him the Chien de Franche-Comte which was his original name because this was the region of France where he was first discovered. This region bordered Switzerland. After the French Revolution ended in 1799, the Porcelaine Dog was found on both sides of the border. This made people wonder if the Porcelaine Dog was French or Swiss. Much debate ensued and eventually he was recognized as a French breed. Researchers believe that the Porcelaine Dog has descended from the English Harrier, Laufhund and Montaimboeuf. The Montainboeuf is now extinct so it is only speculation that the Porcelaine Dog is related and documentation for the breed is virtually non-existent. There was a time when the Porcelaine Dog almost completely disappeared. Through reconstructive breeding practices, the breed did make a rebound and became somewhat popular as a versatile pack hunting dog. He is mainly used to hunt deer and hare. In the northern regions, he is also used to hunt wild boar. France began closely documenting the breeding of the Porcelaine Dog in 1845 and Switzerland began documenting the Porcelaine Dog in 1880. These dates coincide with the establishment of hunting clubs and hunting packs in both countries. Today, he is a rare breed that is virtually unknown outside of France, Switzerland and Italy. There were a few Porcelaine Dogs imported into the United States in the 1980s and the United Kennel Club (UKC) recognized him in 1996, allowing him to compete in all UKC events. It took until 2017 before the American Kennel Club began allowing the Porcelaine Dog to be registered in their Foundation Stock Service. 

Porcelaine Dog Breed Appearance

The Porcelaine Dog has a shining, white coat that is almost luminescent, similar to porcelain. He is a distinguished looking hound with a chiseled head and long, thin ears that hang well past his cheeks. His neck is long and slender, giving him a delicate appearance. His nose is black and has wide nostrils, allowing him to easily follow scents. His eyes are dark brown in color and have a sweet, tired expression. He has a thick tail that tapers at the end. His base color is white and he can have orange or yellow spots on his body and ears. From a distance, his short, glossy coat gives the impression of pale glass. His coat has a single coat and the hairs are very short in length. The skin should be tight fitting on his body, but he may have looser skin on his neck and jowls. His skin should be pink in color, but he can have small black mottling that shows through his coat. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Porcelaine Dog eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Porcelaine Dog nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
white Porcelaine Dog coat
White
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Porcelaine Dog straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Porcelaine Dog Breed Maintenance

The Porcelaine Dog is a single coated dog with very short hair that requires little maintenance. To keep his coat shiny and healthy, wipe him down with a hound mitt at least once a week to remove any loose hairs and dirt. A soft slicker brush can be used on him, but do not use a brush with harsh bristles. The hair between his feet pads should be trimmed as needed to keep dirt and debris from packing between his pads and causing pain or lameness.  The Porcelaine Dog does not require many baths. When he does need a bath, be sure to use a mild shampoo. His ears need to be cleaned weekly using hydrogen peroxide or a veterinarian recommended ear wash to keep infections from occurring in his overly long ears. Keep the inside of his ears dry. His nails will need to be trimmed about every two to three weeks to keep his feet healthy.

Brushes for Porcelaine Dog
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Porcelaine Dog requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Porcelaine Dog Temperament

The Porcelaine Dog is a highly energetic dog and a fierce hunter. He can easily pick up the scent of prey and track it over rough terrain. Even though he is a high energy dog, when he has had plenty of exercise, he can turn into a big couch potato. The Porcelaine Dog loves spending time indoors with his family and is devoted to his family, especially the person who handles his training. He is a typical hound, very friendly and vocal. He does not have the usual harsh hound voice; instead he has a more musical voice. He loves to hunt in a pack and is a social dog. Therefore, at home he does excellent with other dogs but should be closely monitored around small pets in the home, especially rabbits, ferrets and guinea pigs. The Porcelaine Dog does need a strong fence to keep him contained or he will be off chasing prey and terrorizing the neighborhood since he is a determined and tireless hunter. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
90 minutes

Porcelaine Dog Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
3 cups
Daily Cost
$1.50 - $1.90
Monthly Cost
$39.00 - $52.00

Porcelaine Dog Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Porcelaine Dog size stats at six months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 20 lbs
Female Porcelaine Dog size stats at six months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 20 lbs
12 Months
Male Porcelaine Dog size stats at 12 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Porcelaine Dog size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 40 lbs
18 Months
Male Porcelaine Dog size stats at 18 months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 58 lbs
Female Porcelaine Dog size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 58 lbs

Porcelaine Dog Owner Experiences

morgan
1 Year
2 People
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walking meeting new people
she can run at 25 mph and jump over 5f she hunts 24/7 very sweet loves hugs but still wants to do her job
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