And Betty When You Call Me, You can call me Billy*

The next best thing to having a breed named “Bob,” is one named Billy, and that’s precisely the name of the large white, or off-white hound native to Haut-Poitou (west central France). The breed developed by Monsieur Gaston Hublot de Rivault in the 19th century took its name from Rivault’s home, the Château de Billy. The breed is also known as the Chien de France-Comte, but that’s not nearly as much fun to say as “Billy” when someone asks what breed of dog it is, then says in response to the answer, “I don’t mean the dog’s name, I mean the dog’s breed.” The conversation could go the way of Abbott & Costello’s famous “Who’s on first” routine.

All fun aside, that’s unlikely to happen since this dynamic scent hound (a combination of the now extinct Montemboeuf, Ceris and Larye breeds) is quite rare outside of France. In that country, however, there are said to be several Billy packs presently used to hunt Roebuck Deer, and another two packs that hunt wild boar. When not hunting, the Billy is admired for its steadfast, delicate and kind nature

The Billy was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1996, and the FCI in 1997.

Image found on Pinterest and happily credited upon receipt of information. 

*With apologies to Paul Simon for our take off on “You can call me Al”


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