|United Kennel Club|
The sequence follows FCI breed standard.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: The Billy originated in the 19th Century in Western Central France. They were created by combining a number of hound breeds which are now all extinct. They were, and still are, used to hunt roe deer and wild boar in packs. The Billy was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1996.
GENERAL APPEARANCE: A large, well constructed hound, strong yet light.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: Difficult off lead, and extremely fast. Intelligent and courageous, and they can be other dog aggressive.
HEAD: Fairly fine, lean, and of medium length.
Skull: Forehead slightly domed, and not very broad. The occipital crest is prominent. The stop is well defined.
Nose: Well developed, and black or red brown in color.
Muzzle: Rather square, and moderately long, with upper lips that cover the lower lips, but are not pendulous or thick.
Jaws/Teeth: The Billy has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite. A slight overshot bite is acceptable.
Eyes: Alert, very open, and dark with black or red brown eyerims.
Ears: Medium in size, and set on relatively high for a French hound. They are rather flat and the ends turn in slightly.
NECK: Strong, rather round, and of medium length. A slight dewlap is accepted.
BODY: The chest is very deep, and quite narrow. The ribs are flat. The back is rather wide, strong and lightly arched. The loin is wide and slightly arched, and the croup is sloping. The flank is fairly long and has a slight tuck up.
TAIL: The tail is long, strong, and is sometimes slightly feathered.
FOREQUARTERS: The shoulder blades are clean and fairly long.
FORELEGS: Strong and vertical, with flat bone.
FEET: The feet are rather round, with tight toes.
HINDQUARTERS: The thighs are moderately muscled. The hocks are slightly bent, wide and strong.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: Gallops easily.
HAIR: Short and harsh.
COLOUR: Pure white or off white, with or without orange or lemon patches or mantle.
Height at withers: Height for males is 23.5 to 27.5 inches at the withers. For females, it is 22.5 to 24.5.
Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Black or red hair. Pronounced overshot bite.
Teeth: Pronounced overshot bite.
Color: Black or red hair.