Great Anglo-French Tricolour Hound

Other names: Grand Anglo-Francais Tricolore

Great Anglo-French Tricolour Hound

The three Grand Anglo-Frenchie breeds are a sub-group of Anglo-French scenthounds, with the ‘grand/great’ part indicating that they are better suited for the hunting of large creatures such as the stag. A venn diagram representing their similarities would plonk the Great Anglo-French Tricolour hound right in the overlap: His cousins are the Grand White and Orange, and the Grand White and Black. Just like his cousins, the Tricolour of the subset does not make the ideal house pet, since his instincts are mostly set on hunting and he has an enormous need for daily energy expenditure. Frankly, he finds urban life too boring, and anyone who co-habits with him may find that when he one day excuses himself to go out, he might never come back.

Key facts about the Great Anglo-French Tricolour Hound

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Origins and history

The French imported a job lot of British hunting dogs in the 19th century to improve their own stock of working breeds. They mixed them up with care and nuance, creating seven new breeds, including the Tricolour and his White/Black and White/Orange cousins; the Tricolour likely has plenty of three-coloured Poitevin and Foxhound in him.

FCI breed nomenclature

FCI Group

Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds


Section 1 : Scent hounds

Physical characteristics of the Great Anglo-French Tricolour 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



Tall, long, barrel-chested, but sleek, the Great Anglo-French Tricolour Hound recalls the English Foxhound even as he exceeds that breed’s size and elegance. His beak is long and distinguished, his ears – substantial and pendulous – tend to err to the tan side of the family. His ‘resting face’ is judgemental with a hint of melancholy.

Good to know

This dog is a rarity outside of France, and also little recommended as a pet.


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    Only towards his nearest and dearest.

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    This dog likes companionship and adventure but is not so much into household games.

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    The Great Anglo-French Tricolour Hound remains calm in domestic settings but is more excitable when scents are free-flowing on the air.

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    He is a moderately intelligent hound.

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    This creature is among the huntiest of hunting dogs; he was bred to hunt and shows very little interest in anything else.

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    Fearful / wary of strangers

    He is aloof towards strangers.

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    This breed, like his cousins, will tear away from his owners at the hint of a scent and will behave stubbornly during training, yet he will complain if he is left unaccompanied for more than a few minutes.

    Behaviour of the Great Anglo-French Tricolour Hound

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      Tolerates solitude

      This dog prefers to always keep the company of dogs and/or humans.

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      Easy to train / obedience

      He is keen to learn but can be stubborn, and is easily distracted when he catches a whiff of something more interesting.

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      Can bark or howl emphatically when lonesome.

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      Tendency to run away

      With his energy expenditure needs and his passion for strange smells, it is easy for the Great Anglo-French Tricolour Hound to be led astray.

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      Not a habitual chewer, the Great Anglo-French Tricolour Hound will all the same dismantle your home from the inside if you leave him alone there too long.

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      Greedy / Gluttony

      The only way to stop this dog eating is to remove the food. 

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      Guard dog

      He can be indifferent towards his territory and is thus not to be relied upon as a guard dog unless he receives special training.

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      First dog

      As with his cousins in the Great Anglo-French family, the Tricolour is too much dog for most first-time owners. Indeed, he is not really recommended as a house pet even for more experienced cynophilists.

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        Great Anglo-French Tricolour Hound in a flat

        Sadly, this dog doesn’t fit a flat; though not giant, he’s pretty big, and has both high energy needs and a passion for outdoor living.

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        Need for exercise / Sporty

        He needs around a couple of hours of full-on exercise a day, and will gladly go for longer hikes and rambles.

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        Travelling / easy to transport

        This breed is too big and anti-social for public transport but will travel by car if he is accustomed to it.


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          Great Anglo-French Tricolour Hound and cats

          This dog sees cats as vermin to be chased and eradicated.

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          Great Anglo-French Tricolour Hound and dogs

          He is a dog-dog, used to working in packs, and he may become sad if deprived of their company; he is rarely aggressive, although he won’t back down from a fight.

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          Great Anglo-French Tricolour Hound and children

          He is kind and gentle with kids, although most children would prefer a more playful breed; he may be too big and boisterous to safely co-habit with a toddler.

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          Great Anglo-French Tricolour Hound and the elderly

          He can make a great companion but has intense training and exercise needs that an elderly person will need to commit to for a decade or more.



          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


          His coat is low-maintenance, which is just as well considering the bushes he will pull himself through. Regular brushing and ear-inspection following outdoor play should keep him in shape.


          He sheds moderately, twice a year when the weather changes direction.

          Nutrition of the Great Anglo-French Tricolour Hound

          Quality dog food carefully measure over multiple meals to prevent bloating is the best way to go.

          Health of the Great Anglo-French Tricolour Hound

          Life expectancy

          This dog is generally found to be healthy and has an average life expectancy of 10 years.

          Strong / robust

          A firm and reliable constitution.

          Withstand heat

          He is pretty good in hot weather but should not be pushed to over-work in direct summer sunlight.

          Withstand cold

          He tolerates the cold admirably and should be fine sleeping outdoors in most conditions.

          Tendency to put on weight

          He is a glutton and known for piling on the pounds if allowed to neglect his exercise regime.

          Common illnesses

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