Grand Anglo-Français Blanc et Noir
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Great Anglo-French White and Black Hound
Males 65-72 cm
Females 62-68 cm
Males 29-35 kg
Females 27-32 kg
Tight double, short, stiff
Black and White
Hounds and related breeds
Dogs for hunting
Features of the breed
History of Origin
One of several Grand Anglo-Français dogs, this breed is distinguished by its black and white coloration. The term “big” refers to the size of the prey it hunts, not the dog’s height. This breed was originally bred from the English Foxhound and some French hounds. Historically bred to hunt deer and wild boar, it is a versatile hound that can hunt small game, including foxes. Traditionally, this breed has functioned best in a large pack. A skillful hound, dogs of this breed rely on their superior sense of smell to track down prey.
The UKC currently recognizes them in the hound group. There are now about 2,000 individual members of the breed registered. These dogs are working dogs and are not a breed kept as pets or show animals. Outside of France, there are reports of a small number of dogs of this breed that have been exported over the years.
Appearance: height, weight, fur, color
The Grand Anglo-Français Blanc et Noir dog gives the impression of an animal of sturdy build, without being overly muscular or “meaty”. Their short head consists of a flat skull, transitioning to a relatively long muzzle. Their upper lips cover their lower lips, and their teeth form a scissor-like bite.
The nose of these dogs is black with wide nostrils, and the eyes are dark brown. The ears are at eye level, wide, though tapering to the tip. Their powerful neck may have a thin skin hanger. Their chest is broad, and their back is straight. The paws are quite large and rounded but still allow them to move around without much effort. The tail of this dog is strong at the base and tapers toward the end.
Although the Grand Anglo-Français Blanc et Noir dog’s coat is short, it is dense enough to provide good protection outdoors. Such a dog’s coat should be exclusively white and black, although some brown markings, such as above the eyes, are allowed. Tan spots should not be too bright.
Male dogs’ height is from 65 cm to 72 cm, and for bitches – from 62 to 68 cm. Dogs whose height is 1 cm above or below the standard are allowed in the show ring. Although it is not mentioned in the breed standard, most dogs will weigh about 30-35 kg.
The Grand Anglo-Français Blanc et Noir is not meant to be a pet that lounges on the couch with the kids or goes on short daily walks. It is an energetic and driven dog who loves to spend time outdoors and hunting with his canine companions. On the hunt, it is a hardy and courageous dog that is always raring to go.
Around people, this breed can be quite withdrawn and aloof. They have a reputation for being easy to handle and friendly with their owner. Although they are not usually considered aggressive dogs, they should not be trusted with small children. Their sense of acceptance of children can be improved by interacting with them from childhood. There is not much mischief or fun in the Grand Anglo-Français Blanc et Noir; they prefer work to play.
When it comes to behavior with other animals, this dog is happiest in the company of other dogs and feels most at home in a pack. It is unwise to try to place it with small pets such as ferrets or guinea pigs. Smaller animals are considered prey for this dog, and the hound will likely attack.
The Grand Anglo-Français Blanc et Noir dog is easy to care for; the coat should only be brushed once a week. This brushing helps remove all dead skin cells and hair, distributes the dog’s natural secretions, and prevents the follicles’ clogging.
These dogs usually have short claws, but some may need a small claw trim between hunting seasons. It is very important to check the ears regularly to make sure there are no infections. It is especially necessary if the dog regularly swims or gets wet, as excess moisture in the ear canal can promote fungal and bacterial growth.
Since this dog is almost always used only for hunting, little is known about its skills in other areas. They are natural-born hunters and do not need training when it comes to this job.
The trainer may need extra time and patience to teach the big Anglo-French how to behave sensibly in the house.
It is worth noting that these dogs are not for guarding. They are unlikely to become true guard dogs, as they are not inherently hostile to others.
Grand Anglo-Français breeds suffer from bone disease and ear infections. But in general, these breeds are considered physically healthy and usually live to 10-12 years of age. The occurrence of the following diseases should be controlled:
- hip dysplasia;
- ear infections.
Such a breed should be fed quality dry food. The frequency of meals should match the dog’s lifestyle. Four to five cups of high-quality dry food per day, divided into two meals, will be enough for the average dog’s activity and exercise.