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Ariegeois Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Ariegeois so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginFrance flagFrance
Other Names
What other names does the Ariegeois have?
Ariege Hound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Cross Breed

Ariegeois Size and Weight

Is an Ariegeois small, medium or large dog?

How big do Ariegeois get?

What is the average size of an Ariegeois?

How much does the Ariegeois weigh? How much should an Ariegeois weight? What is the normal weight of an Ariegeois? How much does a full-grown Ariegeois weight?
28–30 kg
Average Weight
What is the average weight of an Ariegeois?
28–30 kg
How tall is the Ariegeois? Ariegeois height:
Male: 20–23 inches (52–58 cm), Female: 20–22 inches (50–56 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of an Ariegeois?
Male: 20–23 inches (52–58 cm), Female: 20–22 inches (50–56 cm)

Ariegeois Price and Availability

How much does the Ariegeois puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of an Ariegeois in the United States? How much money is an Ariegeois?

Where to buy an Ariegeois with a good pedigree?

If you choose to purchase the Ariegeois, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Ariegeois for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Ariegeois gets to a happy place.
How easy is it to get a Ariegeois? How many Ariegeois are there in the world?
Average: The Ariegeois is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Ariegeois Trainability and Intelligence

Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Ariegeois? Is the Ariegeois breed dumb or smart?
Average: It takes patience to teach this breed any tricks or commands, but the effort is worth it. They understand and remember new commands after an average of 25-40 repetitions.

The Ariegeois ranks average in the intelligence ranking of dogs.

Are Ariegeois dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training? How hard is it to train an Ariegeois?
Ariegeois dogs are quite easy to train. Sometimes they can be challenging, but if you're consistent in teaching new commands they will obey for sure.
Watchdog Ability
Is Ariegeois good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Ariegeois dogs are good watchdogs. Their main job is to observe and they're consistent in their effort. Good vocal cords and a sense of hearing belong to them. Usually, they're territorial and protective about their property, so the Ariegeois dogs will alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Ariegeois dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Ariegeois dogs strongly protect their territory. This breed is a complete security guard, so you don't have to be afraid in case of danger.

Ariegeois Personality and Temperament

What kind of personality does the Ariegeois have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Ariegeois sensitivity:
Ariegeois dogs have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music.

Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally by moderate punishment.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is an Ariegeois a good family dog?
Average to High: Ariegeois dogs are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Ariege Hound need? Ariegeois social needs:
Ariegeois dogs are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Ariegeois to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Ariegeois roam?
Ariegeois dogs have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Ariegeois have high prey drive?
Ariegeois dogs have a higher impulse to chase and catch something than other dog breeds. Cats or any other small animals might be in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Ariegeois dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.

Ariegeois Activity and Playfulness

How playful is this breed?
Ariegeoiss are not the most playful dog breed. Sometimes they do like playing, but that's not their favorite activity.
Do Ariegeois dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Ariege Hound bark?
Low to Average: The Ariegeois rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason.

Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.

Apartment Friendly
Is Ariegeois good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat? Can you have an Ariegeois in an apartment?
It is not recommended to keep the Ariegeois breed in the home. It does best in the garden, but if you do want to keep it indoors, it should be exercised thoroughly with long daily walks, so you can keep the Ariegeois indoors by introducing daily routines.

Ariegeois Adaptability and Independence

Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Ariegeois dogs adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can an Ariegeois be left alone? How long can you leave an Ariegeois alone?
Ariegeois dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.

Ariegeois Bite Characteristics

Bite Force PSI
Does the Ariegeois has a hard bite? What is the bite force of an Ariegeois? How much bite force does an Ariegeois have? How strong is an Ariegeois bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Ariegeois bite force: Ordinary. Bite force Ariegeois measurements typically fall within the range of 200 to 400 PSI. The bite force of an Ariegeois is considered ordinary when compared to other dog breeds, but it is still quite powerful. This Ariegeois bite force PSI can cause bite wounds. Ariegeois bite PSI is not something that should be feared if the dog is well-trained and managed. To avoid any issues, it's essential to learn how to train an Ariegeois puppy not to bite from an early age.

The Ariegeois, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained.

However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.

In conclusion, while the Ariegeois bite force is certainly an interesting aspect of the breed, it is important not to let it overshadow the many other reasons why these dogs are so loved and respected. With proper training and socialization, an Ariegeois can be a loyal and protective companion for your family.

Biting Potential
Do Ariegeois bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Ariege Hound? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Ariegeois? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Ariegeois has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Ariegeois do?
Ariegeois dogs have an average tendency to nip, chew, playbite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Ariegeois dogs need to be taught a good attitude.

Ariegeois Health and Lifespan

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Ariegeois dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Ariegeoiss tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Ariegeois breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Ariegeois see the vet?
The Ariegeois should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Ariegeois dogs live? How old can a Ariegeois be? What is the age limit of the Ariegeois? How many years can the oldest Ariegeois live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of an Ariegeois?

How long is the lifespan of an Ariegeois?

10-12 years
The average lifespan of Ariegeois: 11 years
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.

Ariegeois Energy and Activity

Energy Level
How much energy does the Ariegeois have? What is the activity level of the Ariegeois?
Ariegeois dogs have a higher energy level than other dog breeds. If you want a dog for snuggling on the couch, this breed isn't the perfect choice for you.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does an Ariegeois need? How much exercise do Ariegeois dogs require per day?

Do Ariegeois dogs need a lot of exercises?

Ariegeois dogs need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Ariegeois breed need?
Ariegeois dogs are quite energetic dogs and they don't spend too much time with sleeping. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.

Ariegeois Diet and Weight Management

Average daily food consumption
How much food does an Ariegeois need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does an Ariegeois breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Ariegeois? How much food should I feed my Ariegeois?
2 to 3 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Ariegeois risk for obesity:
Low to Average: The Ariegeois has a low to the average risk for obesity. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding.

If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Ariegeois weight regularly.

Ariegeois Allergies and Grooming

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Ariegeois have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
What color is the breed's coat? What color are proper Ariegeois coats?
Black White Tricolor
How to groom the Ariegeois and how often? How often should I take my Ariegeois to the groomer?
Easy to groom: The Ariegeois doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary.

Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Ariegeois is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of a high-maintenance dog.

Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Ariegeois dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Ariege Hound? Do Ariegeois dogs shed a lot?
Ariegeois dogs shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Ariegeois need a bath? How often should you give an Ariegeois a bath? Can I bathe my Ariegeois every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time.

Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Is the Ariegeois breed hypoallergenic?
Ariegeois dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions. Some dog breeds are even considered to higher possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?


The Ariegeois has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling Tendency
Does the Ariegeois drool?
The Ariegeois is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem.

If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Ariegeois Good With

Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Ariegeois dogs get along with other pets? Are Ariegeois dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Ariegeois dogs are generally with other pets.
Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Ariegeois temperament with other people:
Ariegeois dogs are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Ariegeois dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Ariegeois temperament with children:
Ariegeois dogs are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Ariegeois dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats? Can the Ariegeois breed live with a cat?
Ariegeois dogs are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Ariegeois good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Ariegeois dogs get along with other dogs?
Ariegeois dogs are average friendly towards other dogs.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Ariegeois breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Ariegeois breed suitable for first-time owners?
Ariegeois dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Ariegeois dogs good office canines? Do Ariegeois dogs make good office-friendly pets? Can they be office dogs?
Ariegeois is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Ariegeois dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Ariege Hound temperament with senior people? Are Ariegeois dogs good for elderly owners?
Ariegeoiss are usually recommended for elderly people.

Ariegeois As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Ariegeois be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

Not really

This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act).

Ariegeois is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Ariegeois be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Ariegeois be an emotional support animal?

Not really

This breed is generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and people with anxiety disorders or autism.

Ariegeois is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Ariegeois be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones.

Ariegeois is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Ariegeois be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people.

The Ariegeois is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Ariegeois be a boat dog?

Not really

Ariegeois breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Ariegeois be a drafting dog?

Not really

A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination.

Ariegeois is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Ariegeois dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Ariegeois Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long is an Ariegeois pregnant?How long does it take to have puppies? How to tell if the Ariegeois breed is pregnant?

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Ariegeois: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days.

During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge.

The second part is the Estrus when the female is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days.

The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color.

The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the female’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating.

The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.

Litter Frequency

Once a year.

More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Ariegeois have in a litter? How many puppies can the Ariegeois breed have for the first time? How many puppies does an Ariegeois have? How many puppies can an Ariegeois give birth to?
3-6 puppies

Ariegeois Recognition

AKC Group
Is Ariegeois recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Ariegeois recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Ariegeois breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.Federation Cynologique InternationaleAmerican Canine Association, Inc.Continental Kennel Club

Ariegeois Pros and Cons

  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Ariegeois doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Low to Average: The Ariegeois has a low to the average risk for obesity.
  • Watchdog Ability: Ariegeois dogs are good watchdogs.
  • Child Friendly: Ariegeois dogs are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Ariegeoiss are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Ariegeois dogs are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
  • Health Issues: Ariegeoiss tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Ariegeois dogs don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reactions.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Ariegeois breed in the home.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Ariegeois dogs do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Office Friendly: Ariegeois is not the best dog breed for office environment.

Ariegeois History

The Ariegeois is a member of the French scent hound family, but the breed is considered relatively new as it was developed at the beginning of the 20th century by crossing the Grand Bleu de Gascogne and the Grand Gascon-Saintongeois. The breed is a medium-sized dog that originated in the Midi-Pyrenées region of southern France. The Ariegeois was originally bred to hunt, both by coursing and driving.

To be able to understand and know Ariegeois’s history, we need to look at the breeds from which it was developed. Of all the unique French hunting dogs, perhaps the oldest was the Grand Bleu de Gascogne. Developed in the far southwest of France, the Grand Bleu de Gascogne specialized in hunting the largest game species found in the country. Although the origin of the breed is something of a mystery, it is commonly believed that it is the descendant of ancient Phoenician and Basque hunting hounds which were first introduced to the region many thousands of years ago. The other breed, known as Saintongeois, is also an old breed that was developed in Saintonge, a region immediately to the north of Gascony. The origin of the Saintongeois is a mystery too, but it is believed that it may have descended from the Saint Hubert Hound.

Moreover, until the French Revolution, hunting with hounds was almost exclusively the domain of the French nobility. In the aftermath of that conflict, the French nobility lost most of its land and privileges. They were unable to keep their hounds and many of these dogs were abandoned. Many other dogs were killed by peasants who were jealous of them, as these dogs were often better fed and cared for than they had been. Perhaps most of the old scent hound varieties went extinct after the revolution. Such was the case with the Saintongeois, which was reduced to a population of three dogs. These dogs were crossed with the Grand de Bleu de Gascogne, which have survived in greater numbers than almost any other French hound, and the Grand Gascon-Saintongeois was developed. Meanwhile, the former middle class was taking up hunting in large numbers. The sport was not only seen as enjoyable but also as a means to emulate the nobility. However, the middle class was unable to afford to keep large dogs such as the Grand Bleu de Gascogne and the Gran Gascon-Saintongeois. French hunters began to favor Briquets, a term used to describe medium-sized scent hounds that specialized in the smaller games such as rabbits and foxes. Briquets became especially popular in those regions along the Franco-Spanish border, which was dominated by the Pyrenees mountains. In the aftermath of the French Revolution, the traditional French provinces were divided into newly created departments. One such department was Ariege, named for the Ariege river. Ariege is located along the Spanish and Andorran border and is typified by the mountainous terrain of the Pyrenees. Although it is not exactly clear, when hunters in Ariege eventually decided to develop a unique type of Briquet, most people believe that the process began in 1912. The breed became known as the Ariegeois after its homeland and it was the result of crossing the Grand Bleu de Gascogne, the Grand Gascon-Saintongeois, and local Briquets. The Ariegeois also became known as the Briquet du Midi, Mdi being both a common name for the South of France and part of the official name of the Midi-Pyrenees region which includes Ariege.

Moreover, the breed came to look very much like its ancestors, but with the size and preferred game of the Briquets. The Ariegeois serve two major roles on the hunt. The dog uses its keen nose to track and locate the game and then it pursues the game to the hunters’ guns. The breed grew popularity in the region that it was developed and across France until the outbreak of World War II. The war was devastating for the Ariegeois, just like for many other breeds. Breeding of the dog almost ceased entirely and many individual dogs were abandoned. By the end of the war, the breed was on the verge of extinction.

Luckily for the Ariegeois, in the years after the war, interest in hunting in the French south remained quite strong, and the ideally suited Ariegeois became a desirable hunting companion. Breed numbers recovered quickly and by the 1970s their numbers stabilized.

Although the breed has recovered in its homeland, it remains rare elsewhere. The breed is recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale and it was also granted full recognition by the United Kennel Club in 1993.

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