Other name: Braque de l’Ariège

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The Ariégeois is above all known for his infallible flair, his foolproof endurance. He is the hunter’s ideal companion. He adores game such as partridge or woodcock. In addition to its hunting skills, the Ariégeois is an ideal companion for humans. He is very intelligent, endearing, gentle, sensitive. Sometimes stubborn, of course, he will always try to satisfy his owner. Particularly sociable with children, but also with other animals, whose company he accepts without complaining. In addition, he has great learning abilities.



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Hair type Short
Origin France
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 28 kg to 30 kg From 50 cm to 56 cm
Male From 28 kg to 30 kg From 52 cm to 58 cm
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History of the breed

Ariégeois is originally, as its name suggests, from Ariège, in the Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées region. The breed is the result of a cross between a local lighter dog and an orderly dog, probably the Bleu de Gascogne , between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. It is to Count Élie de Vézins (1835-1920) that we attribute its paternity and development. The objective was then to develop a breed called to excel in hare hunting .

Today, it is an area in which the Ariégeois always shows itself to its advantage, even if it also happens to shine against the wild boar. Its ability to navigate difficult terrain in the forest or in the mountains has always been appreciated by hunters who have used it. Mainly present in the South, it is much rarer in the rest of France and, a fortiori, in the rest of the world. After almost disappearing during the Second World War, the breed has been slowly getting a makeover. The breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on October 1, 1954.

Ariégeois Pictures

Photo of Darwin, AriégeoisPhoto of pika, AriégeoisPhoto by dicsy, AriégeoisPhoto of Maiwen, AriégeoisPhoto of Rex, Ariégeois

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Physical features

His hair: rather short, tight and fine in texture.
Its color: white with black spots. The contours of the marks are well defined. The dress may be speckled. Pale tan marks on cheeks and eyes.
His head: of medium width. The skull is slightly domed when seen from the front. The stop is little accentuated. The nose is black, the nostrils wide open, the lips tight and thin.
His ears: rather long, reaching the base of the nose without going beyond the end, drooping, thin, flexible, narrow at their attachment.
His eyes: brown in color, wide open, displaying an alert expression.
His body: the back is well muscled, the kidney welded and slightly arched, the croup fairly horizontal, the chest long and of medium width, the flank flat and slightly raised.
Its tail: rather thin, reaching the point of the hock, carried happily like a saber blade.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Ariégeois is a dog full of joie de vivre and affection . He is cheerful, sociable, intelligent and obedient. When hunting, he shows off his speed, but also his sense of initiative and application. Patient with children, he is also a very good companion dog. He gets along well with other dogs .

Faithful to his owner and his adoptive family, he is gentle and caring with his loved ones. He will stand up for those with whom he lives. He will seek to satisfy his owner. He enjoys the company and the hugs. Very sensitive , he could be worried from time to time. We must be careful to reassure him.

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The Ariégeois is not a particularly difficult dog to train. Docile and intelligent , he likes to please his master and will perform with a lot of enthusiasm. On the other hand, his sensitivity means that his education should not be too firm. The Ariégeois has a strong learning potential . His education is therefore rather simple, provided it is done early and correctly. As with all dogs, it is necessary to train them with delicacy, gentleness and firmness . With a shy temperament, it is advisable to socialize him very young with humans so that he does not develop any fear.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

Hunting dog par excellence, the Ariégeois   needs large spaces to flourish and feel good. Thus, life in the countryside fits him like a glove. Conversely, life in the city or in an apartment becomes problematic from the moment it cannot be spent at will. It is therefore essential, mandatory to take it out several times a day and during long walks.


Ease of gaining weight

Ariégeois   has no particular health problem. Above all, he does not develop any hereditary disease during his life. However, due to his floppy ears, he may be prone to some ear infections . It is therefore advisable to regularly check his ears and to clean them. For this, the veterinarian will be able to indicate the procedure to follow.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 3 and 6 puppies

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends an Ariégeois dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 13 years

The life expectancy of an Ariégeois is, on average, between 10 years and 13 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

It is easy to maintain an Ariégeois. This often only requires regular (weekly) brushing to remove dead hair. However, as this is a dog that loves the outdoors and usually spends time there, it should be examined upon returning from each outing. Its pads should be cleaned and its coat checked so that no parasite has caught on. In addition, his eyes and ears are to be washed.

It is recommended to brush the dog every week to keep its coat and skin clean. Particular attention should be paid to his ears to prevent debris and possible infections.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
1000 €

The purchase price of an Ariégeois is between 500 € and 1000 €.

Annual maintenance cost

1350 €
€ 1,450

The annual maintenance cost of an Ariégeois is between € 1,350 and € 1,450.

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The Ariégeois tends to exercise a lot physically . He needs a rich and balanced diet. It can be based on high-end kibble , but also human food with meat.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Ariégeois needs long daily outings to exercise. He is naturally active and hardworking , which allows him to remain calm when he is not on the hunt. He may be bored and unhappy if he does not have enough opportunities to run freely.


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 6: Hounds, Blood Test Dogs and Related Breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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