Other name: Billy’s dog

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The Billy is a large scent hound built for hard work and endurance. Its bones and muscles are considerably developed. The whole gives it an impression of strength and elegance, but also of lightness, because the Billy is harmoniously built. Thanks to its physical constitution, it is able to cover several tens of kilometers of land during the hunt.



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Hair type Short
Origin France
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 34 kg to 35 kg From 58 cm to 62 cm
Male From 34 kg to 35 kg From 60 cm to 70 cm
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History of the breed

Physical features

His hair: very short, even short, with a hard and thick texture.
Its color: completely white, coffee color washed with white (coffee with milk) or white with light orange or lemon marks.
His head: of medium length, thin, lean, with a slightly rounded forehead and a marked frontal break.
His ears: medium in size, flat and set high.
His eyes: wide open, dark and lively.
His body: of medium length, with fairly flat ribs, a sloping croup, a strong back and a very deep chest.
Its tail: strong, of good length and sometimes quite well furnished with hair.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Billy is an active, intelligent and pleasant dog. A tireless worker , he often demonstrates his qualities when hunting, especially his flair and endurance . The Billy is very attached to his master and is kind to other members of the family, especially children. On the other hand, he gets along a little less with his congeners. Overall, therefore, he is an excellent companion and hunting dog , but a little less to his advantage when it comes to guarding, because his bite is not very marked.

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A thorough and quality socialization is essential for the Billy , because it allows to temper his animosity towards other dogs. For the rest, his education is not particularly difficult. She just needs to be firm and fair in order to make the Billy a balanced dog.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Billy is clearly not a house dog. He is not very comfortable in an urban environment. Rather, he is made to live in the countryside, where he can evolve over large areas and express his hunting dog instincts. He needs a teacher who is often available and who can offer him frequent outdoor activities. He appreciates family life, especially if it includes children, but is not suitable for homes where several other dogs live.


Ease of gaining weight

The Billy is an exceptionally robust dog whose body is not afraid of much. Despite its short coat, it is quite resistant to harsh weather conditions , even extreme cold . Its diet must be adapted to its activity, with more fat intake during the hunting season.

It is also advisable to examine its limbs after the hikes in order to detect possible injuries, because the Billy exerts himself lavishly and does not hesitate to venture on the most rugged terrain.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 8 puppies

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Billy is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The maintenance of Billy does not present any particular difficulty . This is a rustic dog that requires only basic and regular care .

It is simply recommended to brush the dog on a regular basis to ensure the cleanliness of his coat. The Billy does not need grooming and baths are only necessary if it is particularly dirty.

Price and budget

Purchase price

1000 €
1500 €

The purchase price of a Billy is between 1000 € and 1500 €.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 1,500
1600 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Billy is between € 1,500 and € 1,600.

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The Billy is a dog who expends himself , especially during the hunting season if he is used for that. Thus, his diet must compensate for his energy loss. It needs protein , fat and fiber. Fish oil is a preferred fat. Do not hesitate to give him a vitamin E supplement with dairy products, cereals or eggs.

In pet stores or in specialized stores, high-energy foods are on sale that will meet Billy’s protein needs. Outside of hunting periods, it is simply necessary to reduce the proportion of proteins and fats and thus return to a balanced diet .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Billy needs a lot of exercise to stay happy and balanced. He is the hound par excellence: he is full of energy and appreciates long-term solicitations. Simple daily walks are not enough for him . The Billy needs long hikes and regular opportunities to run free.


Classifications & Standards
(AKC) American Kennel Club
(ANKC) Australian National Council Kennel
(CKC) Canadian Kennel Club
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(KC) The Kennel Club
(NZKC) New Zealand Kennel Club
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 6: Hounds, Blood Test Dogs and Related Breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1963


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