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Ariegeois

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Ariegeois

The Ariegeois is a small, finely built member of the "Blue mottled breeds of the Midi". The head is long, light and free of any wrinkles. The skull is narrow, never wide. The stop is only barely defined and the nose is black. The eyes are usually chestnut brown and the ears are thin, set low and well back and turn inwards. The long and slightly arched neck is light and fine with no trace of dewlap. The forelegs of this breed are strong and straight and the hindquarters are flat but muscular which gives them their propelling power. The tail tapers to a point and is carried like a saber when the dog is working. The Ariegeois is white and black, with white being the predominant coat color.

Temperament The Ariegeois is friendly, vocal, charming and outgoing, though some in this breed may be a bit reserved. They should never be shy or vicious. This breed works closely with the other hounds and their handlers; therefore, aggression towards other hounds and people is considered a fault. They are a vocal breed with a surprisingly deep, powerful voice.
Height, Weight Height: 18-24" ; Weight: 35-45 lbs.
Health Problems There are no known breed specific health concerns with this dog.
Living Conditions This breed should live with a happy, easy going athlete as they enjoy athletic activities.
Exercise The Ariegeois should be allowed to run off lead in a safe area. They can be easily distracted by scents.
Life Expectancy About 12-13 years
Grooming The Ariegeois' coat is easy to care for. Remove dead hairs with a rubber brush from time to time.
Origin The Ariegeois was developed in the French province of Ariege. They were created using the Grand Bleu de Gascogne, Grand Gascon-Saintongeois and local Briquet hounds. They excel in hunting hare in the dry, rock regions of Ariege. This breed was recognized by the UKC in 1993.
Group Scenthound