Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website: http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country France Other Names Braque de Toulouse, Braque de l'Ariege, Braque du Midi Life Expectancy Approximately 12-14 Years Litter Size Average 4-8 Puppies Breed Group FCI - Continental Pointing Dogs
Breed Appearance The Ariege Pointer has got great scenting abilities. The technique of hunting involves the Ariege Pointer pointing towards the prey by using its muzzle; thus
the name pointer. The Ariege Pointer is also a gundog, that too a versatile gundog, a category that very few breeds fit into. It is capable of performing three tasks- hunt,
point and retrieve. It is also a good swimmer and thus can retrieve the game even from water.
Like most other lone hunting dogs, the Ariege Pointer has years of
genetic imprinting that make it very independent. Thus, training has to be imparted with care in order to mould the dog to be obedient and have a friendly disposition. If
this is not done, stubbornness and even aggressiveness can creep into its temperament. The fact that this dog is relatively easy to train makes the task easier and requires
only enough hands-on care early on.
The dog has a slightly long and angular head. Its muzzle is straight, which helps with pointing accuracy. The nose is usually
colored in a reddish tinge, depending on the color of the coat. It has eyes that match the color of the nose and the coat. The Ariege Pointer does not have pointy ears; instead
its ears are really long, extending up to its muzzle if held up.
Breed Description Head: Long, angular, narrow. Slightly domed skull. Fairly
pronounced occipital peak. Slight stop. Long, straight, sometimes
slightly convex nosebridge. Fairly thin lips. Pink, reddish
(flesh-colored), or chestnut lips, depending on coat color. Ears: Long, thin, curled, not flat against the head. Eyes: Slightly oval, dark amber or brown. Body: Neck not very long, fairly b, slight dewlap. Pronounced
withers. Chest broad, high, well let-down. Rounded ribs. Slight
tuck-up. Slightly sloping croup. Back straight and somewhat long. Tail: Thick at the base, tapering toward the tip. Docked by
about half. Should not be raised higher than the topline. Hair: Short, dense, glossy. Finer and lying closer to the body
on the head and ears. Coat: Light orangish fawn or sometimes chestnut with
predominant white patching (speckles or flecks). Some dogs are even
white with speckles or flecks. Size: Dog: 60 to 67 cm. (23.6-26.4 in).Bitch: 56 to 65 cm.
(22-25.6 in). Weight: 25 to 30 kg (55-66 lb).
History The Ariege Pointer is the result of nineteenth-century crosses of
the old French Pointing Dog with white and orange-coated pointers
from southern France and perhaps the Saint Germain Pointer for added
lightness and vigor. Hunters and breeders in Ariège, France are
dedicated to the survival of the breed.
Behavior This hardy, very energetic dog with an excellent sense of smell is a
skilled retriever suited to all kinds of hunting. He is used
particularly on partridge and quail. Quick and independent, he needs
Health Long ears are prone to bacterial and fungal infection and need to be checked and cleaned regularly, especially if the conditions are moist.
Advice He needs space and exercise, as well as regular brushing.