Your Ariégeois is also called Ariége running dog or hare dog. He lives up to his name hare dog, you get a fast running dog. Outside of France he is little known, actually unjustly.
From its external appearance, your Ariégeois is very similar to the Braque de l'Ariège, both breeds are often confused.
As a typical representative of his breed, your Ariégeois has white fur with some black spots or flecks. In the area of the eyes and cheeks often tan markings appear.
Your Ariégeois is a running dog as it is written in the book. Lean and long-legged, no prey escapes him. The short, dense fur does not interfere with his far-reaching movements.
The special thing about your Ariégeois, besides the long hanging ears, is that his flews do not hang over the lower jaw.
When fully grown, your four-legged friend will be about 57 cm tall and weigh around 28 kg.
The breed was bred for single hunting and hunting with pack. Your Ariégeois is therefore compatible with other dogs, people and children.
Nevertheless, you should not keep your Ariégeois as a pure family dog. The dogs are happy, active, intelligent and need a lot of activity and movement. In the hands of a hunter, your Ariégeois can develop its full potential.
He feels most comfortable in a pack. Your Ariégeois learns quickly and you can train him easily.
The right food
The best way to feed your active running dog is with performance food. This ensures that he is optimally supplied with minerals and vitamins in addition to the necessary nutrients.
On the package there are guidelines how much you should feed. These are guidelines, make sure that your Ariégeois keeps his weight. The rear rib arches must still be visible, then he has his optimal weight.
It doesn't matter if you give dry or canned food. It depends on the taste of your cat and your home conditions.
If you want to barf (feed meat), make sure that you add all the important additives.
Remember: Overweight is just as harmful for dogs as it is for humans! The treats from in between or from training you must deduct from the next meal.
The effort to groom your Ariégeois is not very big. Only during the coat change you should brush him, so that the loose hairs are removed.
Keeping him indoors only is not for this dog who loves to move. He needs plenty of exercise on a fenced property.
Because of his strong hunting instinct, you must keep your Ariégeois on a leash during walks.
Alternatively to the use as a hunting dog, dog sports are possible. Tracking, mantrailing or similar are in the blood of your Ariégeois.
If you succeed in keeping your four-legged friend busy, you will have a balanced, calm and affectionate companion at your side. If, on the other hand, your Ariégeois is not sufficiently busy, he will become nervous and tend to undesirable behavior.
First would be a food bowl and several water bowls that you distribute around the house and property.
On walks, your Ariégeois wears a collar or harness with a leash attached. For tracking work, you will also need a drag or search leash.
A resting place, equipped with a crib or basket, invites you to relax. A cozy blanket or a soft pillow make every nap perfect.
Outside, your Ariégeois will be grateful for a well-insulated hut, with comfortable interior. As a hunting dog, your pelt-nose likes to spend the whole day outdoors and needs protection from cold, moisture and heat.
A transport box is useful if you want to take your four-legged friend in the car.
Not to forget toys. As a running dog, your Ariégeois will probably enjoy chasing after balls. Some dogs prefer chew toys. Base your choice on your four-legged friend.
Origin & History
The Ariégeois was bred in the south of France to obtain the perfect hound for hunting hares. Physique and temperament are in harmony with the intended use.
To achieve this goal, various Briquets (medium-sized French hunting dogs) were crossed with Grand Gascon Saintongeois and Grand Bleu de Gascogne (both large running dogs).
Your Ariégeois combines the advantages of these breeds without their shortcomings.
100 years ago there were not many representatives of this breed. Only since the 70s of the last century, the population is increasing again significantly.