Anglo-Françaises de Petite Venerie FCI Standard
It’s widely suggested that English blood in this breed is primarily represented by the English Foxhound and/or the Harrier. The Petite Bleu de Gascogne, Petit Gascon Saintongeois, Poitevin and now-extinct Artesian and Norman Hounds are among the most probable French ancestors of this breed. The enhancement of the Medium-Sized Anglo-French Hound continued over the course of several centuries with new dogs’ varieties being gradually added to the mix.
The resulting dog possessed general physical characteristics and typical coloration of an English Hound but simultaneously it inherited from French dogs its slender body and distinctive shape of its face and head. The Medium-Sized Anglo-French Hound specialised on hunting various small game especially rabbits. The dog was capable of hunting both alone and in packs depending on the circumstances. It would find the scent trail of the rabbit and then start chasing it, indicating its position to the hunter with loud barking. After that it was supposed to direct the quarry back to the hunter’s gun. The breed became a true professional at this style of hunting and was greatly valued by hunters.
Throughout the XX century the Medium-Sized Anglo-French Hound enjoyed relative popularity in its native land. Nowadays very small number of this breed can be found in Spain, England and the United States. However it’s available for an open public on the rare pet market. The United Kennel Club (UKC) gave its complete acknowledgment to this hound in 1996. Unlike most present-day breeds vast majority of the Medium-Sized Anglo-French Hounds are kept for their hunting prowess although this even-tempered and calm dog has already proved its suitability for the role of a companion animal.
The Medium-Sized Anglo-French Hound is notable for excellent human tolerance as it got used to deal with several strange hunters. Without proper socialisation some individual dogs tend to express their excitement too exuberant on meeting a new person. This breed has certain potential as a watchdog because of its well-developed senses and natural watchfulness. However it shouldn’t be tasked with the functions of a guardian, as it possesses neither essential aggressiveness nor strong territorial instinct.
This breed suits perfectly for hunting in packs of several dozens of other dogs. This implies that breeders have done a good job of creating a highly skilful hound with non-aggressive temperament. Actually the Medium-Sized Anglo-French Hound craves to have one or several constant canine companions. Its relatively strong prey drive makes it dangerous for homeless cats and other types of pets. However it’s possible to introduce this dog to the household with a pre-existing cat but it should be done while it’s still a pliable and sociable puppy.
• ear infections;
• demodex mange;
• canine hip dysplasia;
• elbow dysplasia;
• eye problems.
The Medium-Sized Anglo-French Hound tends to experience certain difficulties with concentration so it would be wise to make lessons short and fun. Only reward-based training will bring desirable results in the work with this breed. It doesn’t respond well to forceful stimulus and harsh treatment will only make it even more wilful and disobedient.
The Medium-Sized Anglo-French Hound can become a wonderful company for a jogger although it would undoubtedly prefer to run freely in a securely fenced territory. Remember that an under exercised dog is usually a hyper active, nervous, destructive and even aggressive.
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