It does not appear that there have been any health studies conducted on the Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie. As a result, it is impossible to make any definitive statements about the breed’s health. However, most sources seem to think that this is a very healthy breed. This dog has been bred almost exclusively as a working dog.
Any potential genetic defects would have impaired its ability to do its job and consequentially been eliminated from the gene pool. Additionally, this breed has never been subjected to the poor commercial and backyard breeding practices of many modern dogs. This dog is further benefitted by its medium-size, not being afflicted by those problems which are common in large or small dogs. The Anglo-Francais de Petite Venerie is likely to suffer from ear infections. The long and drooping ears of this dog are believed to push scent particles towards the dog’s nose, increasing its sense of smell in the process.
Although this has never been proven by science, the drooping ears do collect particles of anything that the dog comes into contact with such as leaves, dirt, water, grime, and food. Once in the ear, such particles easily become trapped, frequently so deeply that the dog cannot remove them on its own. Eventually, these trapped particles will cause skin and membrane irritations. Symptoms start with great discomfort but can transform into chronic ear infections which can be extremely painful and may even lead to hearing loss.
Luckily, these problems are almost entirely preventable with regular cleaning. Because skeletal and visual problems have been known to occur in closely-related breeds (hip dysplasia is quite commonly seen) it is highly advisable for owners to have their pets tested by both the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and the Canine Eye Registration Foundation (CERF). The OFA and CERF perform genetic and other tests to identify potential health defects before they show up. This is especially valuable in the detection of conditions that do not show up until the dog has reached an advanced age, making it especially important for anyone considering breeding their dog to have them tested to prevent the spread of potential genetic conditions to its offspring.