Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website: http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country France Other Names Ariege Hound, Ariegeois Life Expectancy Approximately 10-12 Years Litter Size Average 3-6 Puppies Breed Group Scenthound
Breed Appearance Scenthound used for driving game to waiting guns and for coursing. His medium size and lightness make him a precious auxiliary, whether he hunts on his own or
in a pack, capable of evolving easily on difficult terrains. Hare hunting is his favourite type of hunting; but he is also used in tracking roe deer or wild boar.
Breed Description Head: Long and chiseled. Slightly domed skull. Slightly
pronounced occipital peak. Slight stop. Bridge of nose straight or
slightly curved, equal in length to skull. Well-developed nose.
Cleanly cut cheeks. Tight, thin lips. Ears: Set on low. Long, thin, supple, and curled. Eyes: Wide, brown. Body: Long. Neck lightly boned,
long, slightly arched. Chest long, moderately wide. Ribs moderately
curved. Solidly attached, slightly arched loin. Flat flank. Slight
tuck-up. Tail: Hanging down to the hock. Thin at the tip, carried gaily
in saber fashion. Hair: Short, fine, dense. Coat: White with well-defined black spots or flecks. Pale tan
markings on the cheeks and above the eyes, forming pips. Size: Dog: 52 to 58 cm (20,5-22,8 in).Bitch: 50 to 56 cm
(19,7-22 in). Weight: Approx. 30 kg (66 lb).
History This dog from Ari�ge in southern France, sometimes called (the
Bastard Hound), was produced by crossing medium-sized French hounds
with the Blue Gascony Hound and the Gascon Saintongeois (both pack
hounds). The Ari�geois has the typical characteristics of a pack
hound but is shorter, smaller, and lighter in weight. The breed was
recognized in 1907 by France's Gaston Phoebus Club. It almost
disappeared after World War II but was successfully revived by 1970.
Behavior Hardy, tenacious, energetic, and not very fast, the Ari�geois is
merry, docile, friendly, and calm. With his keen sense of smell,
superb voice, and determination, he excels at launching the hunt,
staying focused and showing initiative. As a small game hound, he is
especially skilled on hare but is also used in tracking deer and
wild boar. He is very comfortable on the rocky, dry terrain of
southern France, and he is easy to train.
Health There do not seem to have been any health studies conducted on this breed,
making it difficult to make any definitive statements about its health. Most seem to believe
that the Ariegeois is a relatively healthy breed and that it does not suffer from genetically
inherited conditions at significantly higher rates than other purebred dogs.
Advice The Ari�geois is not suited to city life and does not like being
confined in an apartment. He needs daily exercise. He must be
brushed once or twice a week, and his ears should be checked