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One of the oldest and rarest of the French hounds.
Colors: variations of gray, roan, black and tan or tawny
Coat type: long, hard,, rough and bushy, wiry
Recognized Registries: FCI
Overall Appearance: Rather rough and disreputable but with a stunning work ethic and no timidity.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Never timid but also loyal and calm.
with Children: good
with other pets: good
with dogs: good
Socialization requirements: typical
Ideal home characteristics:
Temperament Notes: Good choice for the weekend hunter. Never shirks a task but has exercise needs that can be met with regular walks and occasional (weekly) outings.
Year range of first recognition: as far back as the 1200s
Country of Origin: France
Original Function: Boar and Wolf Hunting
History: The Nivernais can be traced back as far as the 1200s, when they were called the Chien Gris de St. Louis (St. Louis's Gray Dogs) as the favorites of Louis IX. These gray dogs probably came from the Balkans after the fourth Crusade. At home they were refine