Basics of Dog Breed : Ariegeois

Posted on September 20 2018

Basics of Dog Breed : Ariegeois

The Ariegeois is a light running dog, with an elegant and distinguished silhouette. Cut for hunting, its construction promotes flexibility and speed.

Breed Information:

Other names: Braque of Ariege
Origin: France
FCI Group: Common Dogs, Blood Dogs and Related Breeds
FCI number: 20
Hair type: Short
Shape of the head: Long

Race history

The Ariégeois originates, as its name suggests, from Ariège, in the Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées region. The breed is the result of a cross between a lighter dog of the country and a dog of order, probably the Blue of Gascony , between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. It is to Count Elie de Vézins (1835-1920) that we attribute paternity and development. The goal was then to develop a breed called to excel in hare hunting .

Today, it is an area in which the Ariégeois is always to his advantage, even if it also happens to shine against the boar. Its ability to evolve on difficult terrain in the forest or mountain has always been appreciated by hunters who have used it. Especially present in the South, it is much rarer in the rest of France and, a fortiori, in the rest of the world. The breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on October 1st, 1954.

Physical characteristics

His hair: rather short, tight and fine texture. 
Its color: white with black spots. The contours of the marks are well defined. The dress can be speckled. Pale light marks to the cheeks and eyes. 
His head: of medium width. The skull is slightly bulging seen from the front. The stop is slightly accentuated. The truffle is black, the nostrils well open, the lips tight and thin. 
His ears: rather long, reaching the base of the truffle without exceeding the end, drooping, thin, flexible, narrow at their attachment. 
His eyes: brown, open, displaying a waking expression. 
His body :the back is well muscled, the kidney welded and slightly arched, the rump rather horizontal, the chest long and of medium width, the flank flat and slightly raised. 
His tail: rather thin, reaching the point of the hock, carried joyously sword blade.

Weight and size

Weight Cut
Female Between 28 kg and 30 kg Between 50 cm and 56 cm
Male Between 28 kg and 30 kg Between 52 cm and 58 cm

A dog breed Ariégeois is classified in the category of large dogs .

Behavior and character

The Ariégeois is a dog full of joie de vivre and affection . He is gay, sociable, intelligent and obedient. In hunting action, he emphasizes his speed, but also his sense of initiative and his application. Patient with children is also a very good companion dog. He gets on well with other dogs .


The Ariégeois is not a dog particularly difficult to educate. Docile and intelligent , he likes to please his master and will perform with great enthusiasm. On the other hand, his sensitivity makes that his education should not be much too firm.


The Ariégeois has a generally solid health . He is not afraid of much genetic diseases: there is no known predisposition to date. On the other hand, the risk of otitis is to be watched because of its hanging ears. 

Maintenance & Hygiene


The Ariégeois is a dog known for its ease of maintenance . This does not mean, however, that it should be neglected. Its hair, skin, eyes, inside of the ears and paws are systematically examined after the outings, especially when they take place in the forest.


It is recommended to  brush the dog every week  to maintain the cleanliness of his hair and skin. Special  attention should be paid  to his  ears  to prevent debris and possible infections.

Physical activity

The Ariégeois  needs long daily outings  to spend. He is  naturally active and hardworking , which allows him to remain calm outside the hunting parties. He may become bored and unhappy if he does not have enough opportunities to run freely.

Living conditions

Hunting dog by essence, Ariégeois will obviously prefer to evolve in the countryside or in a house with a large fenced garden , that live in town. It must be ensured that he frequently has the opportunity to run freely.

Price and budget

Minimum Maximum
Buying price 500 € 1000 €

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