Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie
The Anglo-Franï¿½ais de Petite Vï¿½nerie is a medium-sized breed of dog used in hunting as a scenthound, usually in packs. It is one of the Anglo-French hound breeds which were created by crossing French scenthounds with English (Anglo) foxhounds. The name Petite Vï¿½nerie does not mean that dogs of the breed are petite or small, but rather that it is used to hunt small game.Appearance The Anglo-Franï¿½ais de Petite Vï¿½nerie is 48 to 56 cm (19-22 ins) in height at the withers. Weight is not specified, but it is not a heavy dog, and should look balanced (well proportioned) and should resemble other French hounds in outline. The breed's coat is tight, smooth and short, with colours of tan, black, and white, or two of the three colours in any combination, i.e. white and black, or white and orange.) Ears are low set drop ears, and the long tail is held up. History and use The Anglo-Franï¿½ais de Petite Vï¿½nerie was created from crosses of older Anglo-French hounds with Harrier (Beagle) and Poitevin, and also with the Petit Gascon-Saintongeois and the Petit bleu de Gascogne. The French hunting hounds have a very long history, with named local types being recorded in the16th century. Unlike the larger hounds, the Anglo-Franï¿½ais de Petite Vï¿½nerie was not intended for hunting large game. It was primarily used in the Chasse-ï¿½-Tir, where the pack (or sometimes an individual dog) circles the game animal and chases it back towards the waiting hunter. Before 1978 the breed was called the Petit Anglo-Franï¿½ais, as it is the smallest of the Anglo-French hounds.
The breed is recognised in its country of origin by the Sociï¿½tï¿½ Centrale Canine (French Kennel Club) and internationally in 1983 by the Fï¿½dï¿½ration Cynologique Internationale in Group 6, Scenthounds. In France it is bred and kept primarily as a hunting dog, not as a pet or showdog. The breed has been exported to North America, where it is recognised by the United Kennel Club in its Scenthound Group. It is also registered by numerous minor registries and internet dog registry businesses, and is promoted as a rare breed for those seeking a unique pet. In Italy the breed has been used to hunt wild boar in the mountains of Liguria, giving a good account of itself.