Talbot Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Talbot so you can get to know the breed more.

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Other Names
What other names does the Talbot have?
Talbot Hound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Talbot Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Talbot puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is a Talbot?
Unavailable
Unfortunately the Talbot is an extinct dog breed, so there isn’t any available price range or breeder in the world for purchasing this breed.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Talbot? How many Talbot are there in the world?
Unavailable: This dog breed, unfortunately, is no longer available, it may even be extinct.

Talbot Size

Size
Is a Talbot small, medium or large dog?

How big do Talbot get?

Large
Weight
How much does the Talbot weigh? How much should the Talbot breed weight? What is the normal weight of a Talbot?
Male: 90-110 pounds (41-50 kg), Female: 80-100 pounds (36-45 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of a Talbot?
Male: 100 pounds (45.5 kg), Female: 90 pounds (40.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Talbot? Talbot height:
Male: 25-27 inches (63-69 cm), Female: 24-26 inches (61-66 cm)23-27 inches (58-68 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of a Talbot?
Male: 26 inches (66 cm), Female: 24 inches (60.5 cm)

Talbot Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Talbot have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
CoarseFlat
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Talbot's coat?
White
Grooming
How to groom the Talbot and how often?
Easy to groom: The Talbot doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Talbot is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Talbot dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Talbot Hound?
Talbots shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Talbot need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Talbot every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Talbot Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Talbot have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
StrongHard workingHuntingGentleAffectionate
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Talbot? Is the Talbot breed dumb or smart?
Low: The Talbot is one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence. You need to work hard if you want to impress people with these dog tricks and commands. They understand and memorize new commands in 80-100 repetitions, and obey the first command 25% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Talbot dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Talbots are easy to train. They find out the association between commands and actions quite quickly.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Talbot is a highly playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Talbot sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Talbots don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is a Talbot a good family dog?
High: Talbots are genuinely loyal, soft and gentle, loving and affectionate dogs toward their handlers. They enjoy quality time with their owners despite the activity and are considered great therapy dog for those in need. This breed responds strongly to their handler's emotions because they bond closely. Their happiness is your happiness.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Talbot Hound need? Talbot social needs:
Talbots need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Talbot dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Talbot Hound bark?
A lot: Talbot is a particularly loud breed. They often enjoy barking and howling loudly. If you want a quiet dog, not the best choice.

The main triggers for barking are fear, attention, alarm, boredom, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking, and defense.

Watchdog Ability
Is Talbot good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Talbots are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog. They aren't territorial and protective about their property, so they won't alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Talbot dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Talbots can't provide protection for their territory. It's better to leave them out of the duty of protecting your valuables and property.
Biting Potential
Do Talbot bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Talbot Hound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Talbot? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Talbot has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Bite Force
Does the Talbot has a hard bite? What is the bite force of a Talbot? How much bite force does a Talbot have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Talbot bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Talbot, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Talbot do?
Talbots have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Talbots need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Talbot to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Talbot roam?
Talbots have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Talbot have high prey drive?
Talbots have an average prey drive, which means that they don't have a high impulse to chase and catch something like a cat or any other small aminals, but it might happen. Training can help to achieve good behavior.
Apartment Friendly
Is Talbot good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Talbot breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Talbot indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Talbots adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can a Talbot be left alone?
Talbots tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Talbot Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Talbot temperament with other people:
Talbots are very stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Talbot dogs get along with other pets? Are Talbot dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Talbots are one of the friendliest dog breeds.
Child Friendly
Are Talbot dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Talbot temperament with children:
Talbots are very kid-friendly dogs. This breed enjoys being surrounded by children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Talbot dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Talbot breed live with a cat?
Talbots are very cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Talbot good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Talbot dogs get along with other dogs?
Talbots are very dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Talbot can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Talbot breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Talbot breed suitable for first-time owners?
Yes
Talbots are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Talbots good office dogs? Do Talbots make good office friendly dogs? Can Talbots be office dogs?
No
Talbot is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Talbot dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Talbot Hound temperament with senior people? Are Talbot dogs good for elderly owners?
Talbots are one of the best breeds for elderly people.

Talbot Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Talbot dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Very healthy dog breed. The Talbot rarely meets with the veterinarian.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Talbot breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Talbot see the vet?
Rare
The Talbot should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Talbot dogs live? How old can a Talbot be? What is the age limit of the Talbot? How many years can the oldest Talbot live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of a Talbot?

10-12 years
The average lifespan of Talbot: 11 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Talbot breed hypoallergenic?
No
Talbots don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Talbot have? What is the activity level of the Talbot?
Talbots are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does a Talbot need? How much exercise do Talbot dogs require per day?
Talbots need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Talbot breed need?
Talbots don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does a Talbot need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does a Talbot breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Talbot? How much food should I feed my Talbot?
Recommended daily amount: 4 to 8 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Talbot risk for obesity:
Average: The Talbot has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Talbot's weight regularly.

Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

High 🔼

The Talbot has a high chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Talbot drool?
The Talbot is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool much more than others, just like the Talbot.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Talbot As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Talbot be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Talbot is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Talbot be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Talbot be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Talbot is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Talbot be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Talbot is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Talbot be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Talbot is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Talbot be a boat dog?

Not really

Talbot breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Talbot be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Talbot is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Talbot dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Talbot Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is a Talbot pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Talbot breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Talbot: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Talbot have in a litter? How many puppies can the Talbot breed have for the first time? How many puppies does a Talbot have? How many puppies can a Talbot give birth to?
8-10 puppies

Talbot Recognition

AKC Group
Is Talbot recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Talbot recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Not recognized by FCI.

Talbot Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Trainability: Talbots are easy to train.
  • Health Issues: Very healthy dog breed.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Talbot doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Child Friendly: Talbots are very kid-friendly dogs.
  • Cat Friendly: Talbots are very cat-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Talbots are very dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Talbots are one of the best breeds for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Talbots are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Intelligent Rank: Low: The Talbot is one of the dog breeds that have the lowest degree of obedience intelligence.
  • Hypoallergenic: Talbots don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Talbot breed.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Talbot is a big drooler, so if you're disgusted by slobber spots on your clothes, you should choose a dog from another breed.
  • Stinkiness: The Talbot has a high chance of bad smell.
  • Watchdog Ability: Talbots are not the best choice if you want a good watchdog.
  • Mouthiness: Talbots have a strong tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Talbots have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Talbots tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Office Friendly: Talbot is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Talbot History

The Talbot Hound was a medium-sized hunting dog, that can trace its origins back to the 11th century in Normandy, France. It is thought that William the Conqueror, the first Norman King of England, imported this breed to the British Islands in 1066. However, several other sources indicate that these types of dogs were not present in England before the 1550s. Moreover, the name Talbot was already a common name for hound types of dogs in the Medieval Ages. Interestingly, the Talbot Hound and the Greyhound are thought to be the only hounds used in English heraldry throughout the Medieval Ages.

There was an illuminated manuscript originating from 1445 in the British Library depicting John Talbot, the first Earl of Shrewsbury presenting a Book of Romances to Queen Margaret of Anjou, alongside a short-legged and long-eared white-coated hound. This resembles a lot to a 15th-century portrait on a ceiling at Haddon Hall, in Derbyshire, representing the marriage of Sir Henry Vernon and Ann Talbot, the daughter of John Talbot. The breed’s name is considered to be originated after the Talbot family in England. Moreover, throughout the 17th century, the breed’s name was encrypted in several poems and plays by famous authors. For example, in the poem called ‘The Chase’ hound type of dog, resembling the Talbot Hound were chasing and catching thieves. That is when the Talbot Hound was first known to be a distinct hound breed, with a provable existence.

The Talbot Hounds were considered to be the most accurate and effective tracking hounds. The dogs helped hunters to track down the prey, thanks to the breed’s highly reliable and powerful smelling abilities. The breed was used to hunt both big and small game, which included bears, wolves, wild cats, and deer. The Talbot Hound was highly esteemed and very preferred among the hunter community in England during Medieval times. The breed was also a great family companion, with their gentle behavior towards children, they made excellent nanny and guard dogs. However, the breed’s numbers were gradually decreasing at the end of the 18th century, because other hunting breeds were getting more well-known and fashionable in Europe, making the Talbot Hound less necessary. People neglected the breed and did not pay attention to restore nor reviving the breed. Consequently, this slow, yet the drastic decline of the Talbot reached the point of no return at the beginning of the 19th century. Some early dog shows even offered classes for the Talbot, but due to the lack of population and entrants, the breed got dropped out, gaining no further recognition.

Before the Talbot Hound went to extinction, the breed was included in the breeding process of the modern Coonhound, Bloodhound, and Beagle serving as their pure white predecessor. There is a fountain honoring the breed in Trevelyan Square in Leeds, named the Talbot Hounds Fountain, which is a modern imaginary depiction of the Talbot.

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