Ariegeois

50-60 lbs
20-22"
France
Ariegeois Hound, Ariege Hound, Briquet du Midi
The Ariegeois is a moderately large scent hound with an exceptionally good temperament. While they aren't common outside of France, they are well-known to be very easy-going dogs with just about anything but prey. Because they and their ancestors have long-standing histories as pack animals, they show little to no aggression towards other dogs and are usually friendly even to strangers, which is also what makes them subpar watch dogs. They are an affectionate, loving and loyal breed that thoroughly appreciates being a part of the family and even with their high energy levels, will generally follow the group in whatever activity they partake in, even if it's just lounging around. That's not to say they don't need exercise though. As larger, highly-athletic dogs, keeping them at their healthiest and happiest generally means giving them a considerable amount of exercise. If they are not used as coursing and driving dogs, they are generally most satisfied by going on runs or having a large, open space to hit top speed, where they can simulate the work of their lineage by chasing balls. They are relatively easy to train and generally do much better the closer they are with their owner but once fully trained, take command well.
Purpose
Hunting, Coursing, Companion
Date of Origin
1912
Ancestry
Grand Bleu de Gascogne, Grand Gascon-Saintongeois, Briquet

Ariegeois Health

Average Size
Male Ariegeois size stats
Height: 20-23 inches Weight: 55-70 lbs
Female Ariegeois size stats
Height: 20-22 inches Weight: 50-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Hip Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Patellar Luxation
  • Cataracts
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Eye Examination
  • Physical Examination

Ariegeois Breed History

While the Ariegeois is a relatively new breed, noted to have officially originated in France in 1912, its ancestry has history that spans back centuries. It is a mixture of three tenured French scent hounds, the Briquet, Grand Gascon-Saintongeois and Grand bleu de Gascon, each of which reach far back into history. The Grand bleu were thought to have been brought to France by the Phoenicians, an ancient civilization that eventually traveled throughout most of Europe  and with them, traded both wares standard of the time and even dogs. The Briquets, often mistranslated as "Beagle," were dogs not restricted to any one breed but were generally known to be shorter, medium-sized scent hounds native to southern France. They have been noted to be in use as early as pre-Roman times when used by the Gaul as hunting dogs. As the breeds mixed, they eventually created what we now know as the Ariegeois, which, like its predecessors, became a widely popular pack dog with an excellent nose that was perfect for hunting and coursing. Unfortunately, like many dogs (and people) living in Europe during WWII, they were nearly wiped out, but a few dedicated breeders helped to revive them in the years following. While still uncommon outside of France, they remain well-regarded dogs for their hunting ability, intelligence, mild temperament, and affectionate nature.

Ariegeois Breed Appearance

The Ariegeois is a fairly large dog, standing just under two feet tall at the withers and generally averaging a weight around 60 to 65 pounds. They have a trim, highly-athletic build with deep chests and ample but not necessarily obvious leg and shoulder muscle. Their heads are slightly domed and feature a long, almost triangular-looking muzzle capped with a black (or occasionally pink) nose, and long, folded ears that hang past their face. Their stance shows a slight forward lean with straight forequarters and slightly angled hindquarters, a mostly straight back and a mid-length to long tail with a mild wave. Their coats are short and smooth and are primarily white with black markings and occasional hints of tan or their pink skin showing through.
Eye Color Possibilities
brown Ariegeois eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Ariegeois nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
white Ariegeois coat
White
black Ariegeois coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Ariegeois straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Ariegeois Breed Maintenance

Generally speaking, this breed is relatively low maintenance. They are average shedders and usually only need one or two brushings a week with a finely bristled brush to keep their coats in good shape, unless in high shedding season when that requirement may increase a day or two a week. Like any other larger breed that intakes a good amount of food, their teeth should be monitored and brushed regularly. If they are working dogs, their nails tend to wear down on their own but if living primarily as a companion, they will need to be watched and trimmed as necessary to prevent cracking and breaking.
Brushes for Ariegeois
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Ariegeois requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Ariegeois Temperament

The Ariegeois is known to be a friendly, affectionate, and playful dog that is just as good with other dogs as it is children. They are an intelligent breed that generally does well with training but because of their hunting and coursing drive can sometimes be a bit stubborn at times, especially if stimulated by something prey-like. Outside the home, they are active animals and have a considerable amount of energy that takes a lot of exercise to fully drain. They do best in homes with open space to run and play or ones where they are allowed to go on runs with their owners, but are also just as happy to sit inside and lounge if that's what the family is doing, which can be problematic in certain scenarios, as they have the potential to become obese. Because of their friendly nature, they are generally not great watch dogs, as they aren't often wary of strangers unless trained to be or given reason. They also don't do well with other smaller animals in the house, because of their hunting drive. But overall, they are low maintenance, highly-adaptable dogs with big hearts and easy-going personalities, making them a great choice for a wide variety of families.

Ariegeois Activity Requirements

While the Ariegeois is a higher energy dog, it will follow the pack in whatever activities they choose to undertake. If the family is active, the dog will be active. If the family is lazy, the dog will generally be lazy, which can lead to obesity issues. Ideally, they do best with large spaces to run, whether in a nearby dog park, yard or open land and also appreciate going on walks and runs with their owners. Getting at least a couple miles of walking per day and around 60  to 90 minutes of exercise should help keep them in good, healthy shape.
Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

Ariegeois Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
4 cups
Daily Cost
$2.00 - $3.00
Monthly Cost
$60.00 - $90.00

Ariegeois Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Ariegeois size stats at six months
Height: 15 inches Weight: 44 lbs
Female Ariegeois size stats at six months
Height: 14 inches Weight: 39 lbs
12 Months
Male Ariegeois size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 53 lbs
Female Ariegeois size stats at 12 months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 47 lbs
18 Months
Male Ariegeois size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 62 lbs
Female Ariegeois size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 55 lbs

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