Grand Anglo-Francais Tricolore
The Grand Anglo-Francais is a best-of-both-worlds breed, combining qualities from French and English hounds to create a natural hunter with a keen sense of smell.
Grand Anglo-Francais Tricolore Traits
The Grand Anglo-Francais is a solidly-built, large breed dog with a distinctive air.
Coat and Coloring
The Anglo-Francais Tricolore displays typical hound tri-colors, with black patches or a black blanket and bright or copper tan patches, sometimes with “louvard” or mottled patches. The breed's coat is short and reasonably coarse.
Distinctive Physical Traits
Notable traits of this breed include large brown eyes, medium-length ears, a deep, broad chest, well-chiseled face, and a good-length tail that's densely haired.
Grand Anglo-Francais Tricolore Temperament
This breed is a hunting dog at heart. Though they can adapt to home life, they are happiest when using their keen noses or hunting in groups. These pups are hardworking and typically get along well with people, kids, and other dogs.
Because they are prone to wandering off when following a scent, it's best to keep them on a leash or in an enclosed area when they're not hunting.
Grand Anglo-Francais Tricolore History
The Grand Anglo-Francais Tricolore originated in France in the 1800s. The breed came about by crossing English Foxhounds with native scent hounds from the west of France, like the Bâtard Anglo-Saintongeois. The breed was, and still is, used to hunt large game like boar and deer in large packs (grande vénerie) with hunters on horseback. The French call these types of hunting dogs the chien d’ordre.
The French Kennel Club, Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI), and United Kennel Club all recognize the Grand Anglo-Francais Tricolore. Today, the breed remains primarily a hunting dog and is considered a rare breed.
Grand Anglo-Francais Tricolore Care
This breed does well on high-quality dog food formulated for their age, size, and activity level. To help them maintain a healthy weight, measure their meals to avoid overfeeding and keep treats to 10% or less of their daily calories.
The Anglo-Francais Tricolore’s coat is relatively easy to maintain. Though they do shed, weekly brushing will remove loose hair and keep them looking their best. Additionally, regular ear checks, nail trims, and dental care should be part of their grooming routine.
This breed has a lot of energy and stamina. At a minimum, they require daily brisk walks. A fenced yard where they can run, play and get more vigorous exercise will help them stay physically and mentally fit.
The Anglo-Francais Tricolore is eager to please but also has a stubborn streak. They respond best to consistent and firm training techniques and positive reinforcement using treats or favorite toys as rewards.
In addition to obedience training, all breeds benefit from early socialization. Helping them feel comfortable with different people and environments when they're young will help them grow into well-adjusted adult dogs.
The most common ancestral trait of this group is being used for hunting. Some use acute powers of scent to follow a trail while others demonstrate the gift of stamina as they run down a quarry. Beyond these two common traits, however, generalizations about hounds are hard to come by as the group is comprised of a very diverse lot of breeds.
Reviewed July 11, 2023 by Casey Knox, DVM