Great Anglo-French White & Orange Hound
Other names: Grand Anglo-Français Blanc et Orange
Isn’t it great when your favourite ice-cream, training shoe, or dog comes in special limited edition? Well, the Great Anglo-French White and Orange hound is the Cannoli flavour of the French scenthound world. She is the rarest of the three Great Anglo-French pack-hunting dogs (see also her Black-and-White and Tricolour cousins) and not often kept as a pet, since she is very energetic and can become frustrated with home life; but even in working scenarios she is not common, and outside of France you will rarely encounter her at all.
Tall, athletic, loyal, and with ears to die for, the Great Anglo-French White and Orange Hound is most notable for her special colouring: The orange-tan mantle, hood, and speckles that make her a truly special edition.
Key facts about the Great Anglo-French White & Orange Hound
Life expectancy :
Origins and history
The French put great efforts into developing superior breeds of hunting dog during the 19th century. The best of the British were imported and the bloodline of the Billy dog was enriched with that of the English Foxhounds. It seems that seven strands of this Anglo-French dog were created, including three ‘grand’ varieties, of which the White and Orange remains the special edition, for Brits at least: the most rare and most British of her kind.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1 : Scent hounds
Physical characteristics of the Great Anglo-French White & Orange Hound
Female : Between 24 and 28 in
Male : Between 24 and 28 in
Female : Between 62 and 66 lb
Male : Between 62 and 66 lb
White and orange or yellow.
Type of coat
Fine and short.
This powerful dog is said, by the FCI, to appear more British than her close cousin the tricolour. Perhaps it is the relative bluntness of her brow, or the slightly more modest proportions of her nose and muzzle. Anyway, like all her extended family, she is tall and deep-chested with a tucked belly. Her eyes are wistful, heart-breaking even. The orange parts of her coat should not be too red, and may tend instead towards tan or yellow. They tend to cover her back and ears, working inwards and down her face to varying degrees according to the individual.
Good to know
This dog is rarely found outside of France and caution should be taken to find a reputable breeder if you insist that this is the dog for you.
Can be affectionate with family.
Likes interaction and work, but not playful in the foolish sense.
She is quite docile in a domestic setting, and up for it when out working.
The Great Anglo-French White and Orange Hound is moderately intelligent.
A great hunter; one could say she lives for the hunt, or for hunting-like games.
Fearful / wary of strangers
She is mostly indifferent towards strangers.
She can be stubborn and wilful particularly where a scent is involved; in terms of company, she prefers to be with other dogs or humans at all times.
Behaviour of the Great Anglo-French White & Orange Hound
She prefers to be continuously accompanied.
Easy to train / obedience
She is clever and eager to learn, but can be stubborn and requires the hand of a firm teacher.
Is prone to howling when neglected.
Tendency to run away
She will drop everything to follow a scent or a cat and may be difficult to recall, especially if she escapes from the garden without anyone noticing.