Great Anglo-French White & Orange Hound

Other names: Grand Anglo-Français Blanc et Orange

Great Anglo-French White & Orange Hound

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

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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

FCI Group

Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds


Section 1 : Scent hounds

Physical characteristics of the Great Anglo-French White & Orange Hound

Adult size

Female : Between 24 and 28 in

Male : Between 24 and 28 in


Female : Between 62 and 66 lb

Male : Between 62 and 66 lb

Coat colour

Type of coat

Eye colour



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.


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    Can be affectionate with family.

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    Likes interaction and work, but not playful in the foolish sense.

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    She is quite docile in a domestic setting, and up for it when out working.

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    The Great Anglo-French White and Orange Hound is moderately intelligent.

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    A great hunter; one could say she lives for the hunt, or for hunting-like games.

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    Fearful / wary of strangers

    She is mostly indifferent towards strangers.

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    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

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      Tolerates solitude

      She prefers to be continuously accompanied.

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      Easy to train / obedience

      She is clever and eager to learn, but can be stubborn and requires the hand of a firm teacher.

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      Is prone to howling when neglected.

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      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.

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      She may cause considerable damage at home if left for too long.

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      Greedy / Gluttony

      She certainly likes to eat, and should not be left with a buffet-style arrangement: Two measured meals a day are more appropriate.

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      Guard dog

      She is unlikely to make an effective watchdog without specific training.

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      First dog

      This dog is too energetic and difficult to train for most beginners.

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        Great Anglo-French White & Orange Hound in a flat

        She prefers country life to city life, and an apartment will almost certainly cramp her style. 

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        Need for exercise / Sporty

        This dog needs a considerable amount of exercise and stimulation every day.

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        Travelling / easy to transport

        She is not an ideal traveller on public transport, but should do fine in a car if she is experienced in this mode of travel from puppyhood.


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          Great Anglo-French White & Orange Hound and cats

          This creature loves to chase cats and it is not good news for the feline community when she catches one. She might just tolerate the family cat if she learns to love him as a puppy.

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          Great Anglo-French White & Orange Hound and dogs

          As a pack hound, she loves the peaceful company of other dogs; but should trouble arise, she won’t hesitate to step up and defend herself.

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          Great Anglo-French White & Orange Hound and children

          This breed can be loving and gentle with children, although perhaps a bit boisterous for smaller models.

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          Great Anglo-French White & Orange Hound and the elderly

          Elderly people interested in the Great Anglo-French White and Orange hound should consider whether they have the energy and stamina to match her needs.



          There is not enough data about these dogs in the UK to set an average price. The monthly cost to keep a dog of this size is £80 to £120 to cover food, vet’s bills, and pet insurance


          Regular brushing and nail-clipping, with careful attention to the dirt beneath her ears, is all that’s required for this caramel-flavoured pooch.


          She sheds moderately, and particularly with the change in seasons at autumn and spring.

          Nutrition of the Great Anglo-French White & Orange Hound

          Regular, carefully measured quality dog food, preferably formulated for larger, active dogs, is best for this creature.

          Health of the Great Anglo-French White & Orange Hound

          Life expectancy

          She does not suffer unduly from genetic or other complaints and has an average life expectancy of 11 years.

          Strong / robust

          This is a sturdy and resilient dog with strong stamina.

          Withstand heat

          She does quite well in all weathers, but should not be overworked in the summer.

          Withstand cold

          This breed tolerates cold weather admirably and generally lives in outdoor kennels in France, although the same would not be recommended in a much colder climate.

          Tendency to put on weight

          She has high energy needs and a tendency to over-eat if allowed; these features should be carefully balanced if she is not to become a little piggy-porker.

          Common illnesses

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