Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie

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35-44 lbs
Petit Anglo-Français, Anglo-Francais de Moyen Venerie
Like many French scent hounds, the Anglo-Français de Petite Vénerie is a storied breed that has ties back hundreds of years. It is the product of crossing older Anglo-French hounds with that of the Poitevin, Beagle, Petite Gascon-Saintongeois, and Petite blue de Gascogne, leaving them with a body similar to English foxhounds and the head of a French scent hound. They have been used for centuries, most commonly in packs and primarily to chase out small game while hunting and many of their personality characteristics derive from this age old work. While used almost exclusively as hunting dogs in France, they have just recently begun to rise in popularity as show and companion dogs in the United Kingdom, the United States and Italy. Their pack mentality has not left them even if raised as only dogs, as they are quite social, friendly, and non-aggressive toward people, even strangers, and have been noted to be gentle with children. They are affectionate and loyal, forming tight bonds with their family, especially with the owner who trains and socializes them. Like many other scent hounds, their long-standing intelligence, strong will, somewhat independent nature, and excellent noses can cause them to be stubborn, making the early stages of training more suitable for an experienced owner. They are also prone to baying, as they've been trained to use it to alert their owners, which can be limiting in smaller living spaces such as an apartment. Their hunting background also limits their ability to live with small non-canine animals, as their prey drive can instinctually take over at a moment's notice. But despite their minimal setbacks, they are a well-tempered breed that is slowly making a transition from a traditional hunting dog to a lovable family pet.
Hunting, Companion
Date of Origin
English Foxhounds, Beagle, Poitevin, Petite Gascon-Saintongeois, Petite bleu de Gascogne

Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie Health

Average Size
Height: 16-22 inches Weight: 35-44 lbs
Height: 16-22 inches Weight: 35-44 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Progressive Retinal Atrophy (PRA)
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cataracts
  • Demodectic Mange
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination
  • Ear Examination

Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie Breed History

Like many other French scent hounds, there are links that go back as far as the 16th century, but as true documentation was rare, it's difficult to say the exact origins of the breed. There have been notes to link this and many other similar breeds back to St. Hubert's Hounds (Bloodhound), one of the first known deliberate breeding programs established between 750 and 900 A.D. While kept in packs almost exclusively by French and English nobility, hunting dogs, largely scent hounds, were eventually crossbred to form the early foundation of Anglo-French breeds. Over time, crossing back with older Anglo-French hounds and Poitevin, Beagle, Petite Gascon-Saintongeois, and Petite blue de Gascogne, eventually produced the Anglo-Français de Petite Vénerie we know today. It has remained a very popular hunting dog in France throughout history but has only recently become more widely-known outside its country of origin. It has been documented in Spain, similarly used as a hunting dog, as well as the UK and United States, the latter two being more interested in them as companion dogs, but they are still considerably rare in those markets. As they have been introduced into family environments, more information has been established as to their non-working temperaments and have received high marks in the process, as they've so far proven to be akin to many other French scent hounds: social, affectionate, intelligent, generally non-aggressive and ultimately loyal. Their name, despite poor translation, is finally becoming more widely-known to indicate that they are not necessarily "petite" dogs, but instead used to hunt small prey.

Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie Breed Appearance

The Anglo-Français de Petite Vénerie is a medium-sized athletically-built dog, standing 16 inches tall at the withers at their smallest and 22 inches at the tallest and generally averaging a weight around 40 pounds. Its head resembles the shape of many other French foxhounds in that is longer, less broad with a slightly convex shape, has a medium length muzzle, and folded ears that hang past the face. When black and white in coloration, the nose is black. When orange and white, the nose is brown. The neck slopes down to a straight back and terminates in a medium length, slightly tapered tail. The chest is relatively deep and the legs are muscular but not overtly. The coat is smooth, short and dense and comes in either black and white with tan or brown touches, or orange and white.
Eye Color Possibilities
Nose Color Possibilities
Coat Color Possibilities
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie Breed Maintenance

The Anglo-Français de Petite Vénerie is a low maintenance dog, needing only a few brushes a week and rarely, if ever, a full professional grooming. They are moderate to sometimes heavy shedders depending on the season so the more brushing, the better, if you're looking to keep your house clean. Their coats naturally maintain oil levels so they should only be bathed upon the owner's discretion, usually when they've gotten into something smelly, and otherwise stay relatively clean and usually rank low on the smell scale. If they are working dogs, their nails will generally be ground down to comfortable levels on their own but if chosen as companions or family pets, should be monitored more closely and trimmed to prevent cracking or breaking. Their teeth should also be brushed on a regular basis to help maintain good oral health.
Brushes for Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Daily Weekly Monthly

Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie Temperament

Anglo-Français de Petite Véneries are well-tempered dogs thanks to their pack-based lineage. They are lively, social, friendly dogs that are quite affectionate, loving, and loyal with their owners and easy-going even with strangers. From the few accounts of living with children (as they are just being introduced in greater numbers as a family pet), they, like many other French scent hounds, are gentle and patient. Training is generally easier with more experienced owners, as their strong-willed nature and excellent noses often lead them to wander off, so thorough training (and socialization) early on is strongly encouraged to keep them within reasonable bounds. They also maintain a relatively high energy level and are prone to baying, both of which can be a problem in smaller, closer living spaces. It is not recommended that they are brought into homes with other small animals either, as their small-game-hunting lineage is a tough to break. But overall, given their laid-back attitudes and excellent overall temperaments, they can still make great family dogs in a relatively wide range of living environments and family makeups.

Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie Activity Requirements

The Anglo-Français de Petite Vénerie is a medium to high energy breed, so it needs a good amount of exercise to stay happy and healthy. They do best in fenced open areas where they can freely run and chase balls, frisbees, and the like without running the risk of catching a whiff of something that will have them cruising out of sight behind their nose. A few miles of walking a day or 45 minutes of activity should suffice, especially if they are stimulated both mentally and physically. With their build and energy levels, they are best reserved for active families who are able to dedicate a good amount of time to giving them a proper amount of exercise.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
45 minutes

Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.5 cups
Daily Cost
$1 - $1.5
Monthly Cost
$30 - $45

Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie Height & Weight

6 Months
Height: 13 inches Weight: 28 lbs
Height: 13 inches Weight: 28 lbs
12 Months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 34 lbs
Height: 16 inches Weight: 34 lbs
18 Months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 39 lbs
Height: 17 inches Weight: 39 lbs

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