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Last updated: Aug 31 2023

The Billy is a large dog breed of the scenthound type originating from central-western France. The Billy breed was first bred by Monsieur Gaston Hublot de Rivault sometime at the beginning of the 19th century, and he gave it the name Billy after his home Château de Billy, in Poitou. The Billy remains a rare breed.



23-27 in (58-70 cm)



52-70 lb (24-32 kg)





Life Expectancy:

12-15 years

Dog Breed Characteristics

Energy Level
Grooming Needs
Exercise Needs
Kid Friendly
Dog Friendly
General Health


Regular brushing will take care of the dead hair, and since these dogs are moderate “shedders,” brushing will also help you keep the place clean and hair-free. Dogs’ coats have natural, protective oils that can be washed off if they are being washed too often. They will also need other basic care; brush their teeth at least three times a week.

Check their ears for signs of infection and redness, bathe them regularly, and trim their nails if they don’t wear them down naturally.



Billy is a highly energetic and active breed. They were bred to work all day, so these dogs need a lot of daily exercise. These dogs need an active lifestyle to be happy. They love to be outside and be part of the action, whether running and chasing balls, playing, jumping, or jogging. If you are thinking about getting a Billy, make sure you have enough free time and energy to spend it outside playing and training your Billy.

If your schedule can’t allow you that, consider getting some less active breed.


Like any other dog breed, Billy requires early socialization. It is essential to ensure your dog doesn’t become shy or aggressive. Expose your dog to different people, sights, and situations to secure a well-rounded dog. Because they are herding dogs and have a high prey drive, even with the right training and socialization, these dogs will not be able to resist going after a rabbit or squirrel.

They can adapt to any environment as long as you secure them with plenty of physical and mental activity.



Billy is a dog with a life expectancy of 12-15 years. Like any other dog breed, they are prone to some health problems that every (future) owner should be aware of. To be sure that you'll get the healthiest possible dog, never buy a dog from a puppy mill breeder or a pet store. Billy can suffer from 

  • Hip dysplasia - Genetic problem affecting hips resulting from an improperly formed hip joint.
  • Ear infections



The most important thing When getting a dog is getting it from a responsible and reputable Billy breeder. These dogs are energetic and protective; getting a poorly bred dog can have catastrophic results. Responsible breeders will breed dogs that don’t only look good but have great characters as well. You must find a good Billy breeder that can help you learn about this breed and make an informed choice about getting a dog with these characteristics. 

If you are unsure whether this is the breed for you, check out this FREE GUIDE that will help you decide which dog breed is right for you.


Updated at31.08.2023.