Ariégeois

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Ariégeois
Ariegeois.jpg
Other namesAriege Hound
OriginFrance
Traits
Height Dogs 52–58 cm (20–23 in)
Bitches 50–56 cm (20–22 in)
Weight 25–27 kg (55–60 lb)
Coat short, fine and dense
Colour white or mottled white, with black patches and tan markings
Life span 10–14 years[1]: 164 
Kennel club standards
Société Centrale Canine standard
FCI standard
Dog (domestic dog)

The Ariégeois is a French breed of medium-sized scent hound from the département of Ariège in the Midi-Pyrenées region of southern France. It may have derived from cross-breeding of pack-hunting hounds such as the Grand Bleu de Gascogne or Grand Gascon-Saintongeois with local Briquet dogs.[2] It hunts either alone or in a pack, and is used both as a courser and for driving game to waiting guns. While most successful with hares, it is also used for hunting deer and boar.[3] It does not adapt well to urban life,[4] and is not usually kept as a companion dog.[5]: 46 

History[edit]

The Ariégeois is a traditional breed of the Midi-Pyrenées, and particularly of the Ariège. It may have derived from cross-breeding of pack-hunting hounds such as the Grand Bleu de Gascogne or Grand Gascon-Saintongeois with local Briquet dogs.[2] It was officially recognised in France in 1912,[1]: 164  and was definitively accepted by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale in 1954.[6]

Characteristics[edit]

The Ariégeois is similar in appearance to the Grand Bleu de Gascogne and Grand Gascon-Saintongeois, but is lighter in build and not as tall.[2] The usual weight is approximately 25–27 kg.[1]: 164  Dogs stand some 52–58 cm, bitches about two centimetres less.[6] The skin is close-fitting and without wrinkles; the mucosa are black. The coat is dense, smooth and short, white or mottled white with clearly-defined black markings; there are tan markings to the face, and tan points over the eyes.[1]: 164 [2] The ears are soft and just long enough to reach the nose. The neck is slender and arched slightly. The feet are of long oval shape, like those of a hare, with black pads and claws; there are no dewclaws. The tail is slightly curved.[2]

Use[edit]

The Ariégeois is a scent hound. It may hunt either alone or in a pack, and is used both as a courser and for driving game to waiting guns. While most successful with hares, it is also used to track deer and wild boar.[3] It is light and tough, and can work on difficult terrain and in even the thickest brush, but is not particularly fast.[7]: 67 [8]: 31  It bays while tracking.[7]: 67 

It does not adapt well to urban life,[4] and is not usually kept as a companion dog.[5]: 46 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d [Bruce Fogle] (2013). The Dog Encyclopedia. London; New York: Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 9781465408440.
  2. ^ a b c d e FCI-Standard N° 298: Ariégeois. Fédération Cynologique Internationale. Accessed January 2022.
  3. ^ a b Standard de l'Ariegeois (in French). Club du Bleu de Gascogne. Archived 1 June 2002.
  4. ^ a b Ariegeois(in French). Société Centrale Canine. Accessed January 2022.
  5. ^ a b Tamsin Pickeral (2014). Dogs Unleashed. San Diego: Thunder Bay Press. ISBN 9781626860681.
  6. ^ a b FCI breeds nomenclature: Ariegeois. Fédération Cynologique Internationale. Accessed January 2022.
  7. ^ a b Maxence Ponroy (2000). Toutes les chasses du chevreuil (in French). Paris: Editions Jean-Paul Gisserot. ISBN 9782877475310.
  8. ^ Pierre Rousselet-Blanc (2019). Le Larousse du chien et du chiot (in French). Paris: Larousse. ISBN 9782035968562.