The Chien Francais Tricolore (French White and Orange Hound) is one of three breeds typically classified as Chien Francais or French Hounds. The other two breeds being the Chien Francais Blanc et Noir and Chien Francais Blanc et Orange; the French Black and White Hound and French White and Orange Hound respectively. The French Hounds are believed to have been developed from a mixture of living and now extinct French and English hound breeds, although a few breeds of French Braque (French Pointing Dog) may have been used as well. The Chien Francais Tricolore specifically is thought to be the result of crossing the Grand Anglo-Francais Tricolore, Billy, and Poitevin. Some fanciers claim that the Chien Francais Tricolore was developed to create a hound with less English blood than the Grand Anglo-Francais Tricolore, but that was still equally well suited for hunting deer and boar. The Chien Francais Tricolore is also known as the French Tricolor Hound, French Tricolour Hound, Tricolor French Hound, Tricolour French Hound, and the Francais Tricolore.
Collectively, the French Hounds are sometimes known as the Youngest French Hounds, Newest French Hounds, or Rarest French Hounds and three breeds in this category share a similar history. For more information on the development of the Chien Francais Blanc et Noir, please see the article dedicated the Chien Francies as a group.