The Grand Anglo-Francais is a large hound which originated in France over 200 years ago. They were used to hunt game and are still used in that capacity today. That history gives your pup a high prey drive, making off-leash activities dangerous around other small animals. They do best in homes with active owners and no other pets.The breed is a high-energy dog that needs at least an hour of exercise per day. They tend to be stubborn, so they need a firm but kind owner. Grand Anglo-Francais dogs generally get along with other pups and people if they are taught the proper socialization skills at a young age. Given their genetic predisposition for tracking, they make excellent working dogs.
Backpack hiking is like regular hiking, except your dog is wearing a backpack full of supplies. Grand Anglo-Francais are working dogs who are happiest when they have a job to do. The backpack doesn’t need to be overly heavy -- it can hold small items such as water and a water bowl. (When packing the bag, never exceed 12% of your dog's body weight.)
Hiking is most often a summer activity, so be sure your pup is up-to-date on their flea and tick prevention and vaccinations. Backpacks aren’t crazy expensive, and hiking is (usually) free. An hour of hiking should be enough for your dog, though they might require more walks later in the day due to their high energy level.
Bikejoring is similar to mushing, a popular activity for herding dogs. Bikejoring can be done with the dog pulling the bike, or a safer method is having the dog run alongside the bike as you pedal. It is an expensive activity that's best done in warm weather, but once you've purchased the equipment, you can enjoy bikejoring anytime.Some areas have classes for mushing that you can enroll in with your pup and then apply those lessons to bikejoring. It is a bit of a gamble with this breed, as they do love to chase prey, but that's where the obedience classes come in handy.
Dogs love to play games that involve running and fetching. Using a flying disc is one way to keep your dog engaged in healthy activities while burning excess energy. Since your pup has strong tracking instincts, they'd pawsitively love chasing and catching a flying disc. The activity is usually done outdoors because it requires a lot of space. Your dog is a flight risk when left off-leash, so this exercise is best played in a fenced-in yard, either at your own home or at a local dog park. Be sure to keep your eye on Fido at all times when they are around other dogs, as their behavior can be unpredictable if they consider an animal to be prey.
Your dog ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog! Their nose knows trouble and how to find it. Training your pup in tracking helps keep them mentally stimulated. Introduce and hide a scented item, such as an old sock, in the house and let them search for it. You can even use yourself by playing hide-and-seek.
Grand Anglo-Francais dogs shouldn’t be left off-leash in community areas. They can sniff an animal and take off after it, endangering themselves and smaller prey. However, most dogs enjoy being off-leash. If your situation allows, you could build a fenced-in yard for your pup to run loose. Even if it’s on your own property, your pup should be supervised, as they can escape from the most secure yard.
A Grand Anglo-Francais has an intense amount of energy that is suited for an experienced dog owner. They require a lot of exercise that is both physically and mentally challenging. While they might not get along well with smaller animals, they enjoy spending time with similarly sized dogs and their families. They can be exercised in a fenced-in yard, but they shouldn’t be made to live outdoors. You can do tracking games (nose work) with your pup to let them use their natural instincts in a confined environment.Throwing discs, bikejoring and hiking are three activities that fit your dog’s energy level. When hiking, use a special dog backpack to give your dog a job. They are a working dog, after all.