Created in the 1800's by crossing the Russian Hound with imported English Foxhounds, the Anglo-Russian Hound has never reached the popularity of the original Ruskaya Gontchaya, but has been accepted by many hunters in Russia and valued for its drive and colouring. The breed has traditionally been used for hunting small game, but the Pegaya is also a good hunter of foxes and wolves, when used in packs and alongside the Russian Hound and the Borzoi. In the years following WW2, the breed's name was changed to "Russkaya Pegaya Gontchaya" to distance it from its western heritage, but many other names have remained in use, including the Anglo-Russian Hound, but the most common one in Russia is Pegaya, meaning "spotted" or piebald. Over the last two decades of the 20th century, the quality and uniformity of the breed has significantly improved, eliminating regional types and size variations seen in the past. Today, this is a fairly popular breed in its homeland, both as a hunting dog and as a competitor at Shows.
Smaller than the Russian Hound, this rugged worker is an agile and tenacious hunting breed, prized for its visibility and voice, courtesy of the English Foxhound in its ancestry. The Russian Tricolor Hound is an energetic and playful dog, but is better suited for rural homes than urban environments, needing a lot of excercise and work. The body is powerful, muscular and deep-chested, with an elegant head and strong legs.
The coat is short and thick, always white in colour with reddish-fawn and black markings. Average height is around 24 inches.
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