Grand Anglo-Francais Blanc et Noir
Grand Anglo-Francais Blanc et Noir – General Description
The Grand Anglo-Francais Blanc et Noir translated into English as the Great Anglo-Francais White and Black Hound, is a breed of dog used in hunting as a scenthound, usually in packs. It is one of the Anglo-French hound breeds which were created by crossing French scenthounds with English (Anglo) foxhounds.
Classification and Standards
- FCI Group 6, Section 2, #323
- UKC Scenthound Group
Character & Temperament
Temperament of individual dogs may vary, but in general dogs bred to be pack hunting dogs do not make good pets.
Grand Anglo-Francais Blanc et Noir is descended from crosses between the old Saintongeois hound and Foxhounds, a type called the Bâtard anglo-saintongeois. The names of all the various Anglo-French hound breeds and varieties were all officially described with the term “anglo- français” in 1957. They are used as a pack dog to hunt large game such as Roe Deer, boar, or smaller animals such as fox. Although these are large dogs, “Grand” does not necessarily refer to the size of the dogs. “In most cases it is simply a label for a pack that is used for larger game”.
Grand Anglo-Francais Blanc et Noir is recognized in its country of origin by the Société Centrale Canine (French Kennel Club) and internationally by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale in Group 6, Scenthounds. In France it is bred and kept primarily as a hunting dog, not as a pet or showdog, and there are “twenty or more” working packs and around 2000 registered dogs. The breed has been exported to North America, where it is recognized by the United Kennel Club in its Scenthound Group. It is also registered by minor kennel clubs and internet dog registry businesses, and is promoted as a rare breed for those seeking a unique pet.
Size & Appearance
The Grand Anglo-Francais Blanc et Noir is a big, powerful hound in general appearance, with long legs, long drop ears, and a long tail. Their short, double coat is tricolor, black, white and tan. They stand 62-72 cm (24.4-28 ins) at the withers.
Coat color is white with a black mantle and black markings, including black or blue ticking on the body and tan ticking on the lower legs. Frequently a tan marking is found on the base of the upper thigh, which is called the ‘roe buck mark’. Faults are listed as deviations in appearance or structure that have an effect on the health and working ability of the dog, as well as the appearance, and indicate that the dog with such faults should not be bred. Some of the faults listed are aggression or shyness, lack of pigmentation, off-color, excessive dewlap, and frail limbs.
Health & Maintenance
No unusual health problems or claims of extraordinary health have been documented for this breed.
- Breed Standard – http://www.fci.be/uploaded_files/323gb2009_en.doc
- Clark, Anne Rogers; Andrew H. Brace (1995). The International Encyclopedia of Dogs. Howell Book House. pp. 87. ISBN 0-87605-624-9. – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anne_Rogers_Clark
- Société Centrale Canine, Grand Anglo-Francais Tricolore – http://www.scc.asso.fr/home.php?num_niv_1=1&module=races&destination=detail&numero_scc_chien=130&pointeur=60
- Alephalpha (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
Grand Anglo-Francais Blanc et Noir (Great Anglo-French White and Black Hound
FCI- Standard n° 323/ 12.01.2009 /GB
TRANSLATION : Revised by J. Mulholland (2008) in collaboration with R. Triquet.
ORIGIN : France.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 04.11.2008.
Pack Hound for big game.
F.C.I. CLASSIFICATION :
- Group 6 Scenthounds and related breeds.
- Section 1.1 Large sized Hounds.
With working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY :
This breed originates from the “Bâtard Anglo-Saintongeois”, a type which appeared in the middle of the XIXth century and which was the result of crossing between the Saintongeois and the Foxhound. The breed presently counts approximately 2000 subjects with around 200 births per year. It makes up the packs of twenty or more deer hunts and one stag hunt.
The 2007 text was drafted by M. Pierre Astié, President of the “Club du chien d’ordre” and his committee, in collaboration with Mr. Raymond Triquet.
GENERAL APPEARANCE :
Big, rather powerful dog, resistant and robust with strong bone which is a reminder of his Gascon-Saintongeois origins.
IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS :
The muzzle is slightly shorter than the skull.
The length of the body, from the point of the shoulder to the point of buttock, is equal to the height at the withers.
Excels in hunting stag and deer on damp or bushy terrain. It is a friendly dog, close to humans and easy to manage in the kennels.
Strong, rather short with skull/muzzle lines parallel..
Skull : Rather flat and broad, occipital protuberance hardly marked, superciliary arches prominent.
Stop : Well defined.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Black, developed and rather raised. Nostrils well open.
Muzzle : Straight and a little less long than the skull.
Lips : The flews are distinctly square, seen from the side; the upper lip overlaps the lower lip well.
Eyes : Brown, relatively deep-set but not excessively.
Ears : Set-on rather broad and at eye level; relatively flat at set-on then curling towards the end; of medium length.. When pulled forward, they should not reach further than two fingers before the base of the nose leather. The tips are rather pointed.
Strong, rather short. A slight dewlap is tolerated.
Back : Straight and well sustained..
Loin : Quite broad, rather short.
Croup : Slightly sloping;hips quite broad.
Flanks : Well filled.
Chest : Broad and well let down to the point of the elbow.
Ribcage : Moderately rounded.
Underline & Belly : Slightly tucked up.
Strong at its root, tapering to a slender point, long and straight; in action, it is carried above the topline but not vertical.
In line with the body; more round than flat.
Shoulders : Long and well muscled.
Elbows : Close to the body.
Forearms : Upright.
Metacarpus(pastern) : Very slightly sloping, seen from the side.
Feet : Thick and big, rather round.
Parallel, seen from behind.
Upper thighs : Well let down, muscled but not over developed.
Hock : Only slightly bent , seen from the side.
Feet : Thick and big, rather round..
Effortless. Preferred gait: supple and extended gallop.
White under white hair, black under black hair with sometimes patches on the belly and inner thighs of blue or pale blue color.
Short, quite strong and dense.
Obligatory white and black, with a black mantle and black markings more or less spread out which may show black or bluish speckles, or even tiny tan freckles but the latter only on the limbs. A pale tan dot above each eye as well as pale tan on the cheeks, below the eyes, below the ears. The “roebuck mark” on the thigh is rather frequent.
Height at the withers: Males: 65 to 72 cm
Females: 62 to 68 cm
With tolerance of +/- 1cm.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
SEVERE FAULTS :
- Nose : Important lack of pigmentation.
- Jaws : Overshot or undershot.
- Eyes : Too light in color.
- Ears : Distinctly curled, too long.
- Dewlap : Excessive.
- Color : On the cheeks, black extending to the lips.
ELIMINATING FAULTS :
- Aggressive or overly shy.
- Limbs : Frail.
- Severe deviation of limbs.
- Feet : Long.
- Color : Tricolor coat.
Any dogs clearly showing physical or behavioral abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B.: Males should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
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