Great Anglo-French Tricolour Hound
Other names: Grand Anglo-Francais Tricolore
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 :
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
Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1 : Scent hounds
Physical characteristics of the Great Anglo-French Tricolour 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, black, and orange/tan. The black is often arranged like a blanket over his back, the tan is usually ‘pure’ but can be mixed in with black.
Type of coat
Brown with black rim.
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.
Only towards his nearest and dearest.
This dog likes companionship and adventure but is not so much into household games.
The Great Anglo-French Tricolour Hound remains calm in domestic settings but is more excitable when scents are free-flowing on the air.
He is a moderately intelligent hound.
This creature is among the huntiest of hunting dogs; he was bred to hunt and shows very little interest in anything else.
Fearful / wary of strangers
He is aloof towards strangers.
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
This dog prefers to always keep the company of dogs and/or humans.
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.
Can bark or howl emphatically when lonesome.
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.