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Billy Dog

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General Breed Information

The Billy Dog is a large hunting dog that originated from Central Western France during the 19th century. This breed was created by mixing Ceris, Larrye, and Montemboeuf breeds, all of which are now extinct. To keep the bloodlines fresh, fox blood was also used for the development of the breed. Monsieur Gaston Hublot du Rivault, who resided in Chateau de Billy, Poitou, is credited for being the first to breed Billy Dogs. These dogs were used for tracking roe deer and wild boar, and they still do this today in their native country. In 1886, the standard for the Billy Dog was established. This breed is recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale.

Billy Dogs have a height that ranges from 24 to 26 inches and a weight that falls between 52 and 70 pounds. These dogs are lean-headed and have a small, flat ear. They have a short, glossy, thin, and stiff coat. Their coat can be pure white or off white in colour. They may also have yellow or orange spots.

Billy Dogs are best kept outdoors and may not be suitable for apartment life. They are very easy to train and need lots of exercise but little grooming. When properly taken care of, these dogs can live for around 12 to 13 years.

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