Anglo-Français de Petite Vénerie - Breed Profile:
Colors: Black and white, red and white, tri-colour
Type of Owner: Experienced
Grooming: Very little
Trainability: Slightly difficult to train
Combativeness: Friendly with other dogs
Noise: Likes to bay
Physical characteristicsThe Anglo-Français de Petite Vénerie is an athletic hound with well-defined musculature and good boning. The chest is deep and narrow, with well-sprung ribs. The topline is level. Compared to the body, the head is relatively small. The hanging ears are medium size. The nose can be either black or self-coloured (matching the coat colour). The eyes are dark. The front legs are straight. The back legs are strong and prepared for heavy thrusting action. The tail is carried cheerfully with a slight curve. The gait is energetic and well-balanced.
Petite Anglo-Français weigh 35 to 44 pounds. Their height is 16 to 18 inches. They are larger than the Beagle but smaller than the Harrier.
TemperamentThe Anglo-Français de Petite Vénerie is an energetic and active dog. Due to their hunting nature, they are best suited for country and farm living rather than for city apartments, although the dog will do quite well if a large yard is provided. Being pack animals, they usually get along well with other dogs but had better be supervised with cats and other small animals. Gentle with children and they enjoy playing with them, but it is never wise to leave a small child unsupervised with the dog. The Anglo-Français de Petite Vénerie is intelligent and responsive to training, although it may be wilful at times. Make sure you become a good pack leader and socialize the dog well.
Coat and groomingThe coat is smooth and short. The possible colours are black and white, red and white, and tri-colour. Very little grooming is required. Bathe only when necessary.
HealthThere are no documented health problems specific to this breed. Nonetheless, the ears should be checked and cleaned on a regular basis as the warm, moist environment under the drooping ear flap is perfect for fungal or bacterial growth. This is typical for all dogs with handing ears. The Anglo-Français de Petite Vénerie is a clean breed with no doggy odour.
The lifespan averages 13 years.
Other interesting factsThe Anglo-Français de Petite Vénerie is also known as the Small French-English Hound and Petit Anglo-Francais. The breed was originated by crossing the older hounds of Anglo-French origin with the Harrier (Beagle) and Poitevin.
The name "Petite Vénerie" does not mean that these dogs are small. It means they are used to hunt small game.
In France, the country of its origin, this breed doesn't have a pet or show dog status but is rather used for its original purpose - hunting. The breed is recognized by the United Kennel Club in North America.