Origin, classification and history
F.C.I classification: Group 6 - hounds and dogs by blood trail.
The three breeds of Grand Anglo-Français are relatively recent. When the "Poitevin" proved to be too weak and slow for the job for which it was intended, due to its excessive consanguinity, the breeders introduced the English blood of the "Foxhound". In this way the Anglo-Français was created, which immediately proved to be better, in certain aspects of the "Poitevin", very quick and tenacious. In the classification of the International Cynological Federation, three races are distinguished, depending on the color of the coat, which however also have other differentiated characters. The Grand Anglo-Français blanc et noir, of the three similar breeds, is the largest.
The Grand Anglo-Français Blanc et Noir (Large Anglo-French Black and White) is a medium-large dog, dolichocephalic dolichomorphic. It is morphologically classified as a Braccoid type. It has a strong and rather short head and its muzzle has a width which, compared to that of the skull, appears wide. It differs from the "Grand Anglo-Français tricolor" for its greater corpulence and for the head which is shorter and rather massive. His coat is black and white. Pretty powerful dog, with a strong bone that remembers its origin well.
The three breeds of Grand Anglo-Français are very similar in character. They are very intelligent and obedient breeds. They love being outdoors and living outside. Determined and serious during their work. Very determined and independent. They have an excellent sense of smell and are fast enough in running. Dogs very resistant, both to harsh climates and to adverse weather conditions. They have no problem withstanding cold temperatures, obviously without exaggeration. They genetically inherited many of the behavioral characteristics of the breeds from which they derive. They have a calm and balanced temperament. They love to live in contact with their owner and love to take long walks with the latter. Gentle with people they know, a little wary of strangers.
Grand Anglo-Français Blanc et Noir (photo www.chassons.com)
Grand Anglo-Français Blanc et Noir (photo www.chiens-online.com)
- males between 65 and 72 cm
- females between 62 and 68 cm.
Trunk: wide and quite descended thorax. ribs on average circled. Back straight and supported. Kidney large enough, straight and rather short. Belly full. Oblique croup, also quite protruding.
Head and muzzle: strong, rather short with parallel lines. Rather flat skull, marked occipital protuberance, prominent eyebrows. Muzzle slightly longer than the skull. Well marked front furrow. Developed lips, well evident lip commissure, accentuated quadrature.
Truffle: black, developed and quite raised.
Teeth: complete in development and number.
Neck: strong, more or less developed dewlap.
Ears: attached fairly wide at the height of the eye line, fairly flat, which coils well to become of medium length, rather pointed.
Eyes: brown, quite sunken.
Limbs: forelegs strong and straight. Big and large feet, rather round. Hindquarters with well-descended and muscular thighs, without being robust. Strong hocks, close to the ground and slightly bent.
Shoulder: long and well muscled.
Pace: loose, elongated gallop.
Tail: strong at the root, ends with a thin tip. Long and straight when the subject is moving.
Skin: white under the white fur, black under the black fur, with sometimes spots on the belly and on the inner surface of the thighs, blue or dark brown in color.
Hair: satin, but strong enough.
Allowed colors: black and white, gualdrappa with more or less intense black spots; it may have black or bluish muskets, or even fire-colored, but the latter only on the limbs. A pale spot above each eye is possible, as well as pale focus on the cheeks, under the eyes, under the ears and at the beginning of the tail. As with the "Saintongeois", the sign of roe deer on the thigh is quite frequent.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, too light eyes, colors not allowed by the standard, incorrect movement, defective rear end, truffle depigmentation, excess depigmentation elsewhere, bright tan markings, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, fearful or shy character.
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