Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 12-14 years
Weight: Male: 65.5 pounds (29 kg) Female: 56.5 pounds (25 kg)
Height: Male: 26 inches (65 cm) Female: 23.5 inches (60 cm)
Origin of Name: The Billy is a large scenthound originating from central western France.
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The King's White Dog was the ancestor of Chien Blanc du Roy Billy and the breeds formed its lineage. The Kings White Dogs were used as pack hunters by the French royalty for centuries. During the French Revolution, in the 1700s, the royal pax was dissolved and the King's White Dog would eventually disappear as a breed, but it passed on its genes to other species, which later became its prey. Excellent hunting dogs were developed in them.
The earliest history of the Billy breed can be traced to mid-western France in the 19th century. The king's white dog was being reared at the time with small Swiss wounds to produce a new type of dog, Seris. With the genes of this magnificent hunter, combined with the genes of the Montambouf and Lair breed, Gaston Hublot du Rivelt created the first billy dog at the Chato du Billy in Poito, France. The new breed was named for its place of origin. Billy's early ancestry gave birth to a dog, in this new breed, with speed and excellent scent ability, as well as an incredible flexibility and luck of soul. Billy was used, as its successors were, in previous centuries, in packs for hunting roe deer and wild boar.
These scented wounds, particularly used in the development of the billy breed, were used for their brilliance in specific hunting areas. Montembe was known for his wild boar hunting skills and for his large but elegant body; It had strong bones, muscular limbs, and a pretty pretty stripe from the white coat often wrapped with orange patches. The serie was used to breed the Billy breed because of its excellent ability to hunt green and wolf, and Leary was important to Billy's growth due to his deep nose. From these big dog breeds, Billy will see its origins. The earliest lesions used in Billy's manufacture were of pure French blood, making the Billy breed an aristocratic and true smelling hound without the external genetic effects of other hound types.
Since his concept, Billy successfully faced predators for decades in rural areas throughout France. So well established was it a new breed in the 19th century, until 1886 the first breed standard was written for Billy. Billy grew up as a beautiful and talented dog and became popular in France not only for his hunting skills, but because of his breathtaking appearance and pleasing nature.
Sadly, there was catastrophe and catastrophe all over the world in the early 20th century. Many dog breeds could not survive these wars, and many that were nearly extinct by the end of the Second War. Billy was no exception to this regrettable fate. During the wars, Billy's numbers had decreased dramatically, and by the end of World War II, only ten members of the Billy breed had survived. The Billy breed was revived in the later 20th century by the son of the original founder of the breed, du Revolt; Through reproduction of the last remaining specimens. It is thought that the Harrier and Poitwin Hounds would also have been used in the revival of the Billy breed at this time.
Thankfully, through the efforts of dedicated breed enthusiasts over the past few decades, the billy population is no longer in danger of extinction. The breed is still very rare outside of its native France, although Billy is still highly valued in his homeland and is still used for his original purpose as a packet hunter at the present time. The Billy breed was recognized as a unique and distinct breed in 1973 by the Federation Synthological Internationale (FCI) and later in 1996 by the United Kennel Club (UKC).
Although not a "popular" dog breed, Billy is still considered an excellent and priceless hunter, often seen along the French countryside in search of deer and wild boar to date. Pax and his restrained personality breed ability to successfully hunt makes Billy a fantastic hunting companion and a happy companion dog.