Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website: http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country France Other Names Artois Hound Life Expectancy Approximately 12-14 Years Litter Size Average 3-8 Puppies Breed Group FCI - Medium Hounds
Breed Appearance A well constructed dog, muscled and not too long, giving the impression of strength and energy.
Breed Description Head: Heavy, broad, fairly short. Slightly domed skull. Stop
not pronounced. Bridge of nose broad and straight, not very long.
Well-developed nose. Lips somewhat thick. Ears: Set on at eye level, large, thick, nearly flat, and
fairly long. Eyes: Large, prominent, very wide Body: Massive. Neck fairly long, powerful. Very slight dewlap.
Wide brisket. Fairly broad, well let-down chest. Ribs fairly
rounded. Loin broad and muscular. Flank let-down and very full.
Broad, slightly sloping croup. Well-muscled, moderately long back. Tail: Fairly long, tufted, and carried in sickle fashion. Hair: Lying close to the body, thick, fairly b. Coat: Tricolor: white, dark fawn to hare or even badger grey,
with mantle or large black spots. Head usually fawn, sometimes
smoky. Size: 52 to 58 cm (20.5-22.8 in). Weight: 25 to 30 kg (55-66 lb).
History This very old, medium-sized pack hound was nearly extinct by the
early twentieth century. It has made a comeback, but is still rare.
It was first mentioned in the fifteenth century and is believed to
have been used by royalty for deer hunting. The result of crosses
between scenthounds and pointers, the Artois Hound was also popular
throughout the centuries as a hare-hunting dog. His ancestor is the
Great Artois Hound, himself descended from the Saint Hubert. A
splash of English blood modified the breed.
Behavior Hardy, robust, and courageous, the Artois Hound has great stamina
and is even-tempered and calm. This medium-sized hound combines the
qualities of pointers and scenthounds: a strong sense of direction,
a very keen nose, precise pointing, speed, and drive. A hare hunter,
he is also used on deer, wild boar, and fox. He needs a firm owner.
Health There are no known health problems that are specific to the Artois Hound. Any health problems it may develop can be found in most other dog breeds.
Advice He needs space and exercise and requires regular brushing.