Thanks Lady - we are super cautious in the countryside and he is never off lead unless in a country park with no livestock. Fortunately where we are going we can walk him on the beach early in the morning and in the evening. He's not good in the heat - mind you, we are only going to Brittany so not too hot.
It's great fun, we will never leave the boys behind again -- though we are yet to attempt it with the Land Shark!-- We had no problems at all, even at the vets in southern France where I smiled and dutifully presented my blue passport, they smiled and did their bit before presenting me with the bill. Enjoy
He is an utterly gorgeous boy! We took ours to France last year (holiday cottage, not camping). We just used, "les chiens a grande vitesse" to describe them. They seemed to understand .
You will find some French are quite wary of "bigger" dogs (by that I mean bigger than handbag size). Many were quite cautious of ours and they got lots of comments. I think the French have a different attitude to dogs and they are either ornamental (toy breeds) or utilitarian (medium/large breeds).
We only ate out a few times with ours, but sitting outside restaurants/cafes we didn't have a problem. We didn't try eating inside. Otherwise, we managed with lots of barbeques/picnics etc. We would certainly take the dogs again though.
Enjoy your holiday! The French are much more relaxed with dogs on the beach. Even on their so called blue flag no dog beaches, there were plenty of (French) hounds.
Summer has arrived and we are planning to take pooch (lurcher) camping and to France!
Any tips? We know the french are more relaxed about dogs in restaurants and hope we will be OK if we tuck him under the table outside in restaurants with terraces. He's reasonably well behaved. Note to self to teach him not to sprawl!
Any other thoughts? He is quite unusual looking (pics on profile) so we expect to get some questions so any french words for lurcher/greyhound/rough collie mix would be gratefully received. We know levrier is greyhound but there's no word for lurcher - chasseur? anyone know what the french equivalent to 'mix' is in dog terms?
We're staying in two hotels as overnight stops and hope they don't freak when they see the size of him!