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Braque de l'Ariege

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Braque de l'Ariege

The Braque de l'Ariege (aka Ariege Pointer and Braque De Toulouse) has a powerful and strong appearance. The head is long, angular and narrow and the skull is lightly rounded. The muzzle is long and straight and the teeth meet in a scissor bite. The nose is pink, reddish or pale brown, but is never black. The eyes are slightly oval and are dark amber or brown. The ears are long, thin, curled and carried away from the head. The neck is slightly long with a little dewlap. The topline is nearly straight and the chest is broad and deep. The tail of this breed is generally docked. A long tail is permitted and must not be carried higher than the topline. The coat is close, glossy, short and smooth on the head and the leathers. Coat colors include white, light orange fawn and chestnut with white patching, speckles or flecks.

Temperament The Braque de l'Ariege is an energetic dog with an excellent sense of smell. They are high-spirited and very lovable. This breed is quick and independent and needs a firm hand when training.
Height, Weight Height: 22-27" ; Weight: 50-70 lbs.
Health Problems Health concerns with this breed include hip dysplasia and bloat. Bloat is a major health issue with most dogs, second only to cancer as the largest killer of dogs. This breed is particularly susceptible because of their deep chests.
Living Conditions The l'Ariege is not made for city living. They need lots of space to run and hunt in a rural or suburban home.
Exercise This breed needs lots of daily exercise as well as a job to do.
Life Expectancy About 12-13 years
Grooming Regular brushing is required.
Origin The Braque de l'Ariege was created during the 19th century by crossing the old French Point Dog with the white- and orange-coated pointers from southern France. Some believe that they were also crossed with the Saint Germain Point for added lightness and vigor. Hunters and breeders in Ariege, France are working hard to preserve this breed. They are recognized by the FCI and the UKC.
Group Gun Dog