The Chien Français Tricolore (French Tricolour Hound) is a breed of dog of the scenthound type that has its roots in France.

This breed is one of the three breeds composing the Chien Francais or French Hounds. The other two breeds include the Chien Francais Blanc et Noir (French Black and White Hound) and Chien Français Blanc et Orange (French White and Orange Hound).

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All of these breeds share a similar history. The French Hounds were developed by mixing French and English hound breeds that are now considered extinct.

Its instinctive trait is to persevere during hunting, sensitively smelling the scents of wild deer and foxes and tracking them dutifully. They are also known to thrive on packs during hunting time, unfailingly searching for the prey and perform these tasks as directed. They can be reliable companions, loyal working and responsible dogs.

Traits and Behavior

The Chien Français Tricolore breed are dependable canines. They are affectionate and are eager to impress and get attention from humans. As they are trained to be hunting dogs, they will mostly like to be on their toes sniffing outdoors, running or walking around its premises.

Further, they love to chase around vermin and other small animals as long as it is within their reach. They are intelligent dogs, easily trainable to new tricks or specific tasks. These hounds can be territorial and so can serve as watchdogs.

They are good at finding scents; therefore, it is best that during their puppy years objects that may smell, like garbage bins, should be taken out from their presence as they may track this out and tinker and tear apart the odorous object. They also have a loud barking voice which is beneficial in alerting owners of anyone arriving at their home.

With proper training, they can be companions and good watchdogs for young children. They are also playful and can be entertaining. If not being able to play or exert exercises, these hounds tend to be destructive such that they love chewing, eating or making much mess.

Pet Care and Diseases

These hounds don’t require much grooming. Its coat can be brushed using a firm bristled brush or a rubdown using a dry towel.

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Since the dog can be used for hunting, it is needed for them to completely dry out to prevent from catching chills and colds.

Their ears must be regularly checked for infection and mucous plugs that may cause bulging of the tympanic membrane.

These dogs may tend to experience bloating in their stomach. It is, therefore, necessary that they are given easily digestible food.

Alert and active as they can be, owners should provide them daily routine exercises.

Serious health problems of the Chien Français Tricolore are hip dysplasia, degenerative disk disease, arthritis, congenital heart disease and skin allergies.


They appear lean, muscular and a well-built body for hunting. These dogs have a length of withers of about 25½-28 inches for the males and 24½-26½ inches for the females. Both genders weigh approximately 50-80 pounds.

A distinctive body feature is the body coat’s tricolor, with a wide black mantle, and bright color tan parts. A grizzled color called “louvard” (“wolf-like”) can also be seen in the breed.

Their muzzle is long that protrudes more on its head. Eyes appear dark brown or black and there are markings on its eye rim. Ears are set at eye level and curled that reach its nose.

General Information

Its life expectancy goes about 12-15 years. The average litter size is 3-8 puppies. The Chien Français Tricolore is also called the French Tricolor Hound,Tricolor French Hound or Francais Tricolore.

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