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

Life expectancy :

4

16

9

11

Temperament :

Hunter

Size :

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

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

Weight

Female : Between 62 and 66 lb

Male : Between 62 and 66 lb

Coat colour

Black
Brown
Red

Type of coat

Short

Eye colour

Brown

Description

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.

Temperament

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    Affectionate

    Only towards his nearest and dearest.

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    Playful

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

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    Calm

    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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    Intelligent

    He is a moderately intelligent hound.

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    Hunter

    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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    Independent

    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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      Barking

      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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