Also called Chien d'Artois, the Frenchman is the smaller version of the Grand Chien d'Artois and is an active hunting dog. He is not suitable as a family dog, but needs the activity of hunting in the pack and a lot of free nature to feel comfortable.
The Chien d'Artois is a strongly built dog. Its coat is dense, robust and close fitting. The head is broad for a running dog and short with brown eyes. His thick, wide floppy ears are turned, set at the level of the eye line and run round to.
The tail is long, sickle-shaped and some representatives of the breed have long hairs that stick out like ears. It has similarities to a large beagle, which is also due to the fact that this breed has been crossed again and again. So it was tried to adapt the appearance and nature of the Chien d'Artois.
He is considered a brave, fearless hunter, who can also put larger prey. He is therefore also used for pack hunting with six to eight animals of deer and wild boar. Thereby he shows himself as a track-loud hunting dog, which can drive the prey in the direction of the hunter.
At home, the Artois Hound is balanced and relaxed, provided he is sufficiently challenged. If the dog is not led in hunting, he definitely needs another occupation to which he can devote himself. This breed wants to work.
The education is moderately demanding. The Chien d'Artois binds itself closely to its owner, nevertheless it needs a consistent hand.
The right food
hunting, you should pay more attention to balanced and high-energy food. In general, you should only use high-quality food. In this way you prevent deficiency symptoms and overweight due to high fat content. In less active times, the amount of food should also be reduced. Fresh water should of course always be available. You can also occasionally give him chewing articles to keep him busy. These should then be deducted from the food ration.
Chien d'Artois care
The short coat of the Chien d'Artois does not need much care. All the more you should take care of the dog's paws and eyes. When hunting, he runs a lot through rough terrain. This makes him more exposed to the risk of injury than pure companion dogs. Injuries from shards, thorns, sharp stones and sprained joints can occur more frequently.
You should also check the floppy ears regularly. They have a higher risk of catching an ear infection than upright ears. You can keep the teeth clean with chewing bones.
In addition to the work of hunting, the Artois Hound needs sufficient exercise. So that he cannot pursue his hunting instinct, which is additionally driven by his fine nose, his free run should absolutely take place on a fenced area. Meetings with other dog owners are very suitable for this breed. The social animals like to play with conspecifics and romp around.
For walks, the Chien d'Artois needs a sturdy leash and a good harness, as well as an owner who keeps an eye on his surroundings. If you have seen the deer in the field, the Chien d'Artois has probably already smelled it.
When temporarily not used in hunting, it is also suitable as a companion for cycling or jogging.
Origin & History
The name gives it away, the Chien d'Artois comes from France. Its ancestors go back to Henry the IV and Louis the XIII. At that time, he was considered the perfect dog for hunting hares. In the 20th century, there were increased attempts to restore this breed. After the Second World War, it was believed for a short time that he had finally died out, but fortunately this was not true. In 1963 he was recognized as a breed by the FCI.