Billy Breed description: Character & Co


The Billy - a cheerful companion

General information about the Billy

The Billy dog breed originated in France and is assigned to FCI group 6 and section 1.1, under standard number 25. The Billy belongs to the category of running dogs and has a strong and athletic build.

Origin and history of the Billy

The Billy takes its name from the village of the same name in the French Poitou. In this small place the first breeder of the Billys Hublot du Rivault lived. The Billy is originally a crossed dog breed from three different breeds, which no longer exist today. The breeder Rivault bred the first Billy from the Céris, the Montaimboeuf and the Larrye. The real breeding of the Billy began by Hublot du Rivault only in the 19th century and it is assumed that the first breeder should have crossed also greyhounds, what this denies, however. That today exact race standards can be specified, is to be owed likewise to the first breeder. Rivault paid attention strictly and meticulously to his breeding animals and documented every little thing.

But despite the breeding success of this then new breed, the Billy was not spared the consequences of the Second World War. In 1945 there were hardly any purebred Billys left, but Rivault's son started to continue the breeding. The further breeding took its course and in the meantime there are several breeding clubs in France, which have specialized in the Billy.

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Alternate Name Porcelaine, Chien de Franche-Comté
Origin France
Life expectancy 10 - 13 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average
FCI group Scent hounds
AKC group Foundation Stock Service
KC group not recognised

Description and characteristics of the Billy

Due to its hunting dog genes, the Billy possesses an active and intelligent nature. This breed possesses a joy for life and is excited by the smallest things. The Billy shines with his dexterity and is very friendly to adults, as well as children. The Billy is sure to catch your eye with its happy and sunny disposition.

Attitude and use of the Billy

When keeping the Billy, it is important to give the dog enough exercise. As an original hunting dog, he likes to be challenged mentally and physically, but he also likes to lie lazily in the sun or cuddle with you. Still, it's important to keep your dog exercised in a way that's appropriate for his species. Here are a few tips on how to keep your dog happy:

1. ideas for dog sports

  • Agility
  • Flyball
  • DogDancing

2. ideas for dog training

  • Companion dog training
  • Tracking training
  • Obendience
  • Intelligence games for dogs

3. the Billy as a sport partner

  • Cycling
  • Inline skating
  • Longboarding
  • Hiking
  • Tobogganing, ski touring, cross-country skiing, etc.
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Breeding and buying a Billy

If you want to buy a Billy, it is best to look around at recognized breeders. Especially in its country of origin, France, this breed is very popular, but you can also find registered breeders in Germany and other European countries. It is to be put to you, however, to ask also in animal shelters for a Billy. Although this breed is very undemanding and kind, it still happens that a Billy loses its home. If you do a little research, you can give a dog a wonderful home.

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Despite his strength, the Billy has an athletic and elegant build. As a running dog he is a friend of movement, this can also be seen in his appearance. Like a true long distance runner, the Billy has athletic and lean legs and a well muscled, yet graceful body. His coat is practically short and smooth. The Billy can be found in various shades of white, patterned with either orange or lemon yellow markings. Characteristic of the Billy are his black-rimmed and expressive eyes and dark nose. The billy also lists high set floppy ears.

Males grow to about 60-70 inches tall, while females reach a maximum height at the withers of 62 inches.

What else is important to know about the Billy dog's appearance?

This breed is one of the medium-sized dogs, with a maximum weight of 33 kg. The Billy's coat is smooth, short and can be found in white tones, with or without orange or lemon markings. Billies can live up to 13 years.

Fur length short
Fur flat coated
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail lang
Anatomy slim, sporty
Size ♀ 60 - 62 cm
Weight ♀ 30 - 33 kg
Size ♂ 60 - 70 cm
Weight ♂ 30 - 33 kg
Suitable For -


Porcelaine dog temperament, breed description Billy
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Sources and relevant links


Accessed on 14.05.2023

Kim Bryan (2020). The Complete Dog Breed Book. Dorling Kindersley Limited.

Hans Räber (2014). Enzyklopädie der Rassehunde, Band 2. Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-Gmbh & Company KG.


Accessed on 15.05.2023

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