The Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie has been developed and bred virtually exclusively as a working pack hunter and has the temperament one would expect of such a breed. Because so few of these dogs have been kept as pets, it is difficult to make accurate statements about what it would be like in a companion animal environment. Like most pack hounds, the Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie needed to be able to work closely with any number of unfamiliar hunters. As a result, they tend to be very non-aggressive. As is the case with many pack hounds, some breed members may be extremely outgoing and affectionate while others are more quiet and reserved.
There is not much available information on the breed’s suitability with children, but most similar breeds do very well with them if provided proper socialization and training. Although this breed would surely prefer to spend all of its time with its family, in France they are traditionally kept in a kennel environment and would probably be quite tolerant of one. This dog would almost certainly make a very poor guard dog as there are neither territorial nor aggressive enough. This dog was bred to work in large packs that might contain dozens of other dogs, both strange and familiar.
Even the slightest dog aggression is absolutely unacceptable in such an environment and has been carefully bred out. When properly socialized, this breed tends to have very few issues with other dogs, and most are very friendly with them. In fact, this is a dog that absolutely craves canine company and does much better with at least one, and preferably several, canine housemates. However, this dog was also bred to be a dedicated hunting dog. Anglo-Francais de Petite Veneries usually show a very high level of aggression to non-canine animals. This breed will not only chase virtually every animal it sees, but also attack and potentially kill them if given the opportunity.
As is the case with all dogs, an Anglo-Francais that has been grown up with another species such as a cat will probably leave that individual alone. However, some of these are never trustworthy with any small pets, and even those that leave their own feline housemates in peace may still attack a neighbor’s cat with which they are unfamiliar. Anglo-Francais de Petite Veneries take to hunting very quickly. However, since they are rarely trained to do anything else, it is unclear how difficult it is to train them or their maximum training capacity. Most scenthounds tend to be very stubborn, even deliberately willful, and are a major training challenge as a result. In particular, this breed can be extremely challenging to call back. Bred to follow a scent trail to its conclusion regardless of obstacles, once a breed member starts tracking something it will often completely ignore any calls for it to return. For this reason, these dogs should be kept on a leash at all times when not in a safely enclosed area.
The breed’s nose also drives it to escape from confinement so that it may pursue scents, meaning that any enclosure which holds one of these dogs must be very secure. In order to perform its necessary task, the Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie needed to be capable of working vigorously for long hours on a daily basis. As a result, the breed has quite substantial exercise requirements. This dog needs at least 45 minutes of vigorous exercise, although it would ideally receive more. It is absolutely imperative that this dog be provided a proper outlet for its energy; otherwise, it will surely find one on its own. Unexercised Anglo-Francais de Petite Veneries are very likely to develop behavioral problems such as destructiveness, constant barking, hyper activity, over excitability, and nervousness.
This breed makes an excellent jogging companion but greatly prefers an opportunity to run around off-leash in a safely enclosed area. It would be very challenging to meet the needs of this breed in an urban environment, and this dog adjusts very poorly to apartment life. Potential Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie owners need to be aware that this is a very vocal dog.
This breed was bred to bay loudly while it was on the trail so that it could be followed if it ran out of sight. This breed makes noise at much more frequent intervals and at a significantly louder volume than most dogs. Training and exercise can greatly reduce this problem, but it cannot eliminate it. One of these dogs kept in close quarters is very likely to result in a noise complaint.