The Grand Anglo-Français Blanc et Orange, also known as the Grand Anglo-Français White and Orange, is a breed of scent hound originating in France. The breed was developed by crossing the French scent hounds, Anglo-Français de Petite Vénerie and Billy, with English Foxhounds in the early 19th century. The goal was to create a larger and more powerful hound with excellent tracking abilities. The breed's history is closely tied to hunting, and it has been favored for its exceptional scenting skills and tenacious pursuit of game.
Great Anglo-French White and Orange Hounds are generally healthy dogs. However, they can suffer from hip and elbow dysplasia, degenerative myelopathy, and eye disorders such as progressive rod-cone degeneration. As for all breeds, genetic screening for hereditary conditions is recommended to assist veterinarians with diagnosis and proactive care, as well as help breeders identify affected and carrier dogs.
The Grand Anglo-Français Blanc et Orange is known for its energetic and passionate nature. These dogs have an excellent sense of smell, making them exceptional hunting companions. They are known to be tenacious and determined when tracking scents, which is a valuable trait in a hunting dog. As family pets, they can be affectionate, loyal, and friendly. However, they are typically more suited to active households with experienced dog owners who can provide them with the physical and mental stimulation they need.
The breed's exceptional scenting abilities have made it a popular choice among hunters for tracking game such as deer, wild boar, and hare.
The Grand Anglo-Français Blanc et Orange is one of several Anglo-French hound breeds, each with its specific coat color and characteristics.
The breed has a short, dense coat that lies close to the skin. This coat type helps protect them while working in dense vegetation and varying weather conditions.
Their distinctive appearance, athletic build, and keen sense of smell have also made them suitable for search and rescue operations.