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The Billy, affectionate and intelligent dog

He is rare and little known outside of France. However, the Billy deserves all the honors, because it is an affectionate, intelligent and efficient dog. He excels in hunting activities, but can very well become a loving and easy-going pet.

Characteristics of the Billy


The Billy captures all the attention with its athletic and sporty look with a powerful and well-muscled body. He is said to be dolichomorphic and dolichocephalic. It is a large dog that measures between 58 and 70 cm and weighs around 30 kg. It is recognizable by its fine and dry head of medium length that reveals a bulging forehead, but without excess. This one carries ears set high, flat and of intermediate dimension. The Billy has a beautiful, expressive and lively look thanks to his dark and open eyes. Concerning his coat, it is short, even short, and has a certain density in addition to being hard to the touch. The coat is entirely white and can have different shades of white with lemon or light orange spots or even café au lait.

History of the Billy breed


The Billy is not well known compared to many of its counterparts. However, the Billy is not a recent breed, far from it. This dog appeared in the Poitou region of France around the 19th century and was developed by Hublot du Rivault. This lord of the manor and dog breeder had as a project to reproduce the White Dogs of the King, very appreciated by the royalty, in particular Louis XIV, Henri IV or François I. To achieve this, he had to make many crosses with breeds that no longer exist today such as the Larye, the Montaimboeuf or the Céris. The Billy is a rather confidential breed. The fragility of the genetic heritage makes the perpetuation of this dog complicated.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Billy


The Billy has the advantage of having a good character. It is a pleasant, intelligent and dynamic animal. It is also a working dog par excellence. It was especially developed for hunting and shines for its talents in this field. Moreover, it has an exceptional flair. Efficient and fast, it adapts to all environments and climates. It is a very energetic dog that constantly needs to spend time. It will not be able to be raised in an apartment in the city and will have to be surrounded by sporty owners with whom it can run. The Billy is also very affectionate and will get along with children as well as with other dogs, provided that socialization starts as soon as possible.

Food and main health problems of the Billy


Until now, it has been relatively difficult to define the hereditary pathologies that affect the Billy. We know that his life expectancy is between 10 and 12 years. Like all dogs, he needs a balanced diet to live as long as possible in good health. Its meals are to be adapted according to its physical activities. During hunting season, they should contain proteins, fat, fibers and a vitamin E supplement.