Grand Anglo-Francais Blanc et Noir
The Grand Anglo-Français Blanc et Noir, also called the Great Anglo-Francais White and Black Hound in English is one of the breeds of the dog which is used in hunting as a scent hound and usually found in packs. This breed is one of the Anglo-French hound breeds which were developed by crossing the French scent hounds with English or Anglo fox hounds.
The Great Anglo-Francais appears as a big and powerful hound having long legs, dropping ears along with a long tail. They have a short and double tricolour coat which has the shades of tan, white and black. Their height ranges from 62 to 72 cm (24.4 to 28 inches) at the withers. The giants of this breed weigh mostly from 26 to 44 kg. The females are generally shorter and have less weight than the males.
The colour of the coat is generally white with black mantle and markings along with blue or black ticking on the body and tan ticking on the lower legs. There may be a tan mark found on the base of the upper thigh, called the ‘roe buck mark’. The deviations in the structure of the dog which have their adverse effect over the health, ability and the appearance are named as faults. There are various kinds of faults like, shyness, lacking of pigment, off-colour, aggressiveness, frail limbs etc which should not be tolerated in any dog of this breed.
History and Use
The Great Anglo-Francais are the descendants of the Old Saintongeois hound and the Fox hounds. In 1957, all the Anglo-French breeds of hounds were officially termed as “anglo-francais”. They are basically used for hunting the Roe deer, boars or fox in large hunting games. The name “Grand” is also given to them according to their involvement in large hunting games as a pack dog.
The Grand Anglo-Français Blanc et Noir has been recognised in the country of its origin by the French Kennel Club and internationally by the Federation Cynologique Internationale in Group 6. They are basically used as hunting dogs in France and not as show dogs or as the pets. There can be found more than twenty working packs and around 2000 dogs which are registered. This breed was also exported to North America where it has been recognized by the United Kennel Club in the group of Scent hound; those hounds which catch the prey by following the body scent.
This breed has been registered in many minor kennels and on the internet for business where they are tagged as the rarest if breeds for those who wish to buy a unique pet.
Health and Temperament
There are as such no unusual or particular health problems found in this breed of the Anglo-French hounds. their temperament may vary from dog to dog, but generally these dogs do not make good pets as they are majorly bred for hunting in packs.
They usually possess smooth, fairly strong hairs which lie close to each other. The tail is long, straight and strong at the base which tapers to a slender point.