It is said to be the oldest of the French scent hounds and is also called the Chien de Franche-Comte after the French region bordering Switzerland where the breed was discovered. It was said to have developed from a mix of the English Harrier, the Montaimboeuf which is now extinct and the Laufhund. The original breed actually became extinct after the French Revolution and the Porcelaine of today is a re-creation. It was named as such because of its shiny coat. It weighs between 55 to 62 pounds and stands from 21 to 23 inches. It has a finely chiseled head, a black nose and a flat forehead. It has dark eyes, ears that are thin, conical and pointed and a long and slender neck. Its tail is thick at the base but narrows to a point at the tip. Its coat is made of very fine and short hairs. It has a solid white coat that gives off the appearance of pale blue glass from a distance. There may also be some orange spots on the body especially on its ears.
The Porcelaine was used to hunt hare, deer and wild boar. Out on the field, they are energetic, tireless and passionate hunters but at home they are docile and friendly. They are independent and brave, hunting in packs and used to work with minimal directions from their owners. They have a keen sense of smell and a musical voice. They have no known serious health problems and can live for about 12 to 13 years.