Billy FCI Standard
Gaston Hublot du Rivault crossed the King’s White Dog with smaller Swiss hound to breed a new kind of dog, the Ceris. He mixed genes of the Ceris, Montembeouf and Larrye breeds to design a breed with superb scenting talents as well as an unbelievable stamina and firmness of spirit. The dog was called in honor of the place of its origin, Château de Billy in Poitou.
Since then the Billy was successfully engaged in hunting activities throughout the French countryside. Such a broad and eager recognition of the breed resulted in its standardization as early as in 1886. Gradually the Billy gained real popularity in France not only for being an exceptional hunter, but because of its spectacular look and obliging character.
In the early XX century due to the two World Wars the number of Billys dwindled drastically and by the end of the World War II only ten dogs outlasted. The son of the breed’s original founder du Rivault used these ten to recreate the breed later in the XX century.
Fortunately, owning to vigorous participation of devoted breed fans in the last few decades, Billy’s increase in number no longer leaves it in peril of extinction. The dog is still very scarce outside its homeland, nevertheless in France the Billy is greatly treasured and employed for its original intention as a pack hunter even today. The dog was officially accepted as a distinct and individual breed by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in 1973, and then by the United Kennel Club (UKC) in 1996.
The Billy is devoted and credulous dog, soft and pleasing in every way. Its demeanor is notable for obedience and civility, what makes it an ideal friend for a child and desirable family member. The Billy is always amicable, even with strangers, so it’s considered to be a bad guard dog but supreme hunting partner and home pet.
The Billy gets on well with other dogs, though, being a pack hound, it can express some rival feelings towards the dogs of same sex in attempt to assert its alpha status. The Billy has well-formed prey instinct, so it would be wise never to leave it unchecked within the presence of such home pets as cats and other smaller animals.
• colds and bronchitis;
• ears problems.
Eyes, ears, nose, nails, teeth of the dog should be regularly investigated and taken care of if necessary. Special attention require Billy’s ears, as they tend to get infected very easily. Clean it with wet soft mop every other week.
In general, this breed is a perfect choice for one who doesn’t want to fuss around with brush every day and prefers other types of communication with the dog.
Trainer who is capable of exercising patience and strength during learning sessions is the most appropriate one for this dog. Steady learning process, clearly outlined rules and firm, but encouraging trainer are key ingredients of successful training experience. The Billy can outperform in obedience training and hunting contest.