Description Ariegeois

Cheerful, Active, Intelligent
Your Ariégeois is also known as an Ariége hound or rabbit dog. He lives up to his name rabbit dog, you get a fast hound. He is little known outside of France, actually wrongly so.FCI Group: Hounds – Scenthounds – Related Breeds

  • Size: medium
  • Weight: 25-28kg
  • Life expectancy: 12 years
  • Coat type: short hair
  • Colours: black and white

Character Ariegeois

From its outward appearance, your Ariégeois is very similar to the Braque de l’Ariège, both breeds are often confused.
A typical representative of its breed, your Ariégeois will have white fur with some black spots or spots. Tan markings often appear around the eyes and cheeks.
Your Ariégeois is a hound like in a book. Slender and long-legged, no prey escapes him.

The short, dense fur does not interfere with its far-reaching movements.
What is special about your Ariégeois, in addition to the long drooping ears, is that its lips do not hang over the lower jaw.
When fully grown, your four-legged friend will be around 57 cm tall and weigh around 28 kg.
The breed was bred for single and pack hunting. Your Ariégeois is therefore compatible with other dogs, people and children.

However, you should not keep your Ariégeois purely as a family dog. The dogs are happy, active, intelligent and need a lot of activity and exercise. In the hands of a hunter, your Ariégeois can reach its full potential.
He feels most comfortable in a pack. Your Ariégeois is a quick learner and easy to train.

Diet Ariegeois

It is best to feed your active running dog performance food. This ensures that it is optimally supplied with minerals and vitamins in addition to the necessary nutrients.
There are guidelines on the pack for how much to feed. These are guidelines, make sure your Ariégeois maintains its weight. The rear ribs must still be visible, then he has his optimal weight.

It doesn’t matter if you give dry food or canned food. Adjust to the taste of your fur nose and to your domestic conditions.
If you want to barf (feed meat), make sure that you add all the important additives.
Remember: obesity is just as harmful to dogs as it is to humans! You have to deduct the treats from in between or from training from the next meal.


Grooming your Ariégeois does not require much effort. You should only brush him when he sheds his fur to remove loose hair.
Just keeping an apartment is not for this active dog. He needs plenty of exercise in a fenced yard.
Because of its strong hunting instinct, you must keep your Ariégeois on a leash when going for walks.

Dog sports are an alternative to being used as a hunting dog. Track work, mantrailing or similar are in the blood of your Ariégeois.
If you manage to do justice to your four-legged friend’s eagerness to work, you will have a balanced, calm and affectionate companion at your side. On the other hand, if your Ariégeois isn’t busy enough, he’ll become nervous and prone to unwanted behavior.


The Ariégeois was bred in southern France to be the perfect hare hunting hound. Physique and character are in harmony with the intended use.
To achieve this goal, various Briquets (medium-sized French hounds) were crossed with Grand Gascon Saintongeois and Grand Bleu de Gascogne (both large hounds).
Your Ariégeois combines the virtues of these breeds without their flaws.
100 years ago there were not many representatives of this breed.

Only since the 1970s has the population increased significantly again.

Ariegeois Accessories

First, there is a food bowl and several water bowls that you place around the house and property.
On walks, your Ariégeois wears a collar or harness with a leash attached. For tracking work you also need a towing or search line.
A resting place, equipped with a bed or basket, invites you to relax. A cozy blanket or a soft pillow make every nap perfect.

Outside, your Ariégeois will thank you for a well-insulated hut, with a comfortable interior. As a hunting dog, your fur nose likes to be outdoors all day and needs protection from the cold, moisture and heat.
A transport box is useful if you want to take your four-legged friend with you in the car.
Don’t forget toys. As a scent hound, your Ariégeois will likely enjoy chasing balls.

Some dogs prefer chew toys. Make your selection based on your four-legged friend.

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