Ariège Pointer

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Ariège Pointer
Pointer of Ariège circa 1915
Other namesBraque de l'Ariège
Height Males 60–67 cm (24–26 in)
Females 56–65 cm (22–26 in)
Kennel club standards
Société Centrale Canine standard
Fédération Cynologique Internationale standard
Dog (domestic dog)

The Ariège Pointer is a French breed of hunting dog of pointer type. It originates in the Ariège département of Occitanie, in south-western France. The breed name may be rendered in English as Ariège Pointing Dog or Braque de l'Ariège.

History and use[edit]

The dog type used by hunters in the Ariège département of Occitanie was said to be descended from dogs that were crosses of the Perdiguero de Burgos and the Bracco Italiano.[1]

The population decreased over World War I and II,[2] and in 1990 a team of breeders decided to devote themselves to the Braque de l'Ariège's survival, in particular Alain Deteix. He headed that team of breeders and devoted himself to the revival of the breed.[3]

It is well suited to hunting wild hare and partridge.[3]


Ariège Pointer

The Braque de l'Ariège is a normally proportioned dog with drop ears. The tail is traditionally docked. The coat is short and primarily white, speckled with larger patches of colours described as orange, liver, or chestnut on the head and ears. Size is about 60–67 centimetres (24–26 in) in height at the withers. Dogs of the breed should appear powerful but without excessive heaviness, robust and of strong.[2] It is quick, energetic, and very independent, and so needs regular training and activity.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Clark, Anne Rogers; Andrew H. Brace (1995). The International Encyclopedia of Dogs. Howell Book House. p. 144. ISBN 0-87605-624-9.
  2. ^ a b "ARIEGE POINTING DOG, Breed standard". Fédération Cynologique Internationale. 7 August 1998. Archived from the original (DOC) on 22 June 2007. Retrieved 24 June 2007.
  3. ^ a b Arthus-Bertrand, Yann (1993). Dogs. Cassel & Co. p. 270. ISBN 0-304-35630-1.

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