Grand Anglo-Francais Tricolore
Grand Anglo-Francais Tricolore – General Description
The Grand Anglo-Francais Tricolore 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, #322
- UKC Scenthound Group
Character & Temperament
The Grand Anglo-Francais Tricolore is a large hound that requires an immense amount of exercise. They are normally kept in large packs in rural areas and may not adapt well to city or family life, although they are said to be good natured. Letting them off the lead may be hazardous as the hunting instinct is very high.
The Grand Anglo-Francais Tricolore is descended from crosses between tricoloured Poitevins and Foxhounds. This combination has strongly influenced this breed in many ways. These animals are strong and compact in stature like the foxhound with a black blanketed tri-colour coat. They were used as a pack dog to hunt large game such as Roe Deer, boar, or smaller animals such as fox. “Grand” does not necessarily refer to size, “in most cases it is simply a label for a pack that is used for larger game”.
The breed is recognized in its country of origin by the Société Centrale Canine (French Kennel Club) and internationally in 1983 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 show-dog. 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 numerous minor registries and internet dog registry businesses, and is promoted as a rare breed for those seeking a unique pet.
Size & Appearance
A typical hound in general appearance, with long legs, long drop ears, and a long tail. Their short, double coat is tricolour, black, white and tan. They stand 24-28 inches (60-72 cm) at the withers and weigh between 76-78 lbs (34.5-35.5kg).
A tricolor coat is a pattern of some shade of black or brown, some shade of red often called tan, and some white. Eumelanin and phaeomelanin pigmentation occurs on the same dog; “the back is black from eumelanin pigment being made and the belly is tan or red from phaeomelanin pigment being made”
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/322GB_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
- Tricolour genetics – http://homepage.usask.ca/~schmutz/agouti.html
- 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 Tricolore (Great Anglo-French Tricolor Hound)
FCI-Standard N° 322 / 18. 06. 1996 / GB
TRANSLATION : Mrs. Peggy Davis.
ORIGIN : France.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD : 27.01.1983.
F.C.I. CLASSIFICATION :
- Group 6 Scenthounds and related breeds.
- Section 1.1 Large-sized Hounds.
With working trial.
GENERAL APPEARANCE :
Solid dog with French predominance, with a certain distinction, expressing at different degrees the Foxhound origin.
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Moderately broad, rather flat with the occipital protuberance slightly apparent and the superciliary arches slightly prominent.
Stop : Marked.
FACIAL REGION :
Muzzle : Of medium length about equal to that of the skull. Bridge of nose generally straight, well chiselled below the eyes.
Lips : Quite developed, with a certain squareness, never snipey.
Eyes : Big, brown, rimmed with black.
Leathers : Of medium length, broadly set at eye level, flat then slightly curled.
Rather long and strong, without pronounced dewlap.
Back : Straight and supported.
Loin : Broad, muscled, straight, quite short.
Croup : Sloping and of a good length.
Chest : Well let down and quite broad. Ribs long and rounded; never flat.
Flank : Very slightly tucked up and rather full.
Of good length, carried elegantly, well furnished with hair.
Perfectly straight and strong.
Shoulders : Long and flat.
Thighs : Muscled, let down and rather fleshy.
Hocks : Broad, well let down, slightly bent.
Feet : Lean and rather round.
GAIT / MOVEMENT :
Easy with an impression of solidity.
White and black.
Short, more or less strong.
Tricolor more often with black blanket or with more or less spread out black patches. Bright or copper tan without black overlay. Mixed hair called “louvered” is not excluded. The excess mottling is not desirable.
Height at the withers : 60 to 70 cm .
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.
- Faults of conformation which could be detrimental to a good utilization.
- Undershot or overshot mouth.
- Light eyes.
- Bad tail, deviated or curved.
- Washed out tan.
- Any other coat than the above mentioned.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioral abnormalities shall be disqualified.
N.B. : Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.
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