Artois Hound Information & Dog Breed Facts

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

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OriginFrance flagFrance
Other Names
What other names does the Artois Hound have?
BriquetPicardChien d’Artois
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Artois Hound Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Artois Hound puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? How much money is an Artois Hound?
$1000-$1200
If you choose to purchase the Artois Hound, 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 Artois Hound for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Artois Hound gets to a happy place.
Availability
How easy is it to get a Artois Hound? How many Artois Hound are there in the world?
Average: The Artois Hound 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.

Artois Hound Size

Size
Is an Artois Hound small, medium or large dog?

How big do Artois Hound get?

Large
Weight
How much does the Artois Hound weigh? How much should the Artois Hound breed weight? What is the normal weight of an Artois Hound?
55-75 pounds (25-34 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of an Artois Hound?
65 pounds (29.5 kg)
Height
How tall is the Artois Hound? Artois Hound height:
20-24 inch (51-61 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of an Artois Hound?
22 inch (56 cm)

Artois Hound Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Artois Hound have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Artois Hound's coat?
WhiteDark FawnBlack
Grooming
How to groom the Artois Hound and how often?
Average: The Artois Hound requires average grooming effort. Cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't essential.

Brushing the dog's coat is useful to reduce shedding. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections.

Don't skip the seasonal flea treatment too. Dog nail trimming and dog bath can be helpful sometimes.

Check the local pet store for dog grooming supplies and find the best dog shampoo to keep its coat healthy and give your dog a pleasant experience of a dog bath.

If you don't have the time, skill, or money to take care of your Artois Hound, search for a dog groomer or clipping service in your area and book an appointment.

Maybe you're lucky to have a dog boarding service that includes grooming or walk-in dog bath places nearby.

Shedding Level
How much do Artois Hound dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Briquet?
Artois Hounds 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 Artois Hound need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Artois Hound 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.

Artois Hound Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Artois Hound have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
IntelligentPersistentFastHappyLivelyBalancedFriendlyDocileFamiliarFaithful
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Artois Hound? Is the Artois Hound breed dumb or smart?
Smart: Artois Hound's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.

The Artois Hound is among the smartest dogs in the intelligence ranking.

Trainability
Are Artois Hound dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
A slightly harder to train than average. Artois Hounds aren't famous for their trainability. This breed needs more time and repetition to obey. It's challenging to teach them new commands, but not impossible.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Artois Hound is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Artois Hound sensitivity:
They are a little bit more sensitive than other dog breeds. Soft punishment affects them emotionally. Artois Hounds don't tolerate irregular daily routine, noisy household, and frequent guest visits really well.

They are receptive to their owner's emotions and make wonderful family companions.

Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Is an Artois Hound a good family dog?
Average to High: Artois Hounds 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 Briquet need? Artois Hound social needs:
Artois Hounds are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Artois Hound dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Briquet bark?
Average: The Artois Hound barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings.

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

Watchdog Ability
Is Artois Hound good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Artois Hounds are not the best watchdogs. They aren't very territorial and protective about their property, so they probably won't alert you if they sense something different.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Artois Hound dogs have aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Artois Hounds are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential
Do Artois Hound bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Briquet? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Artois Hound? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Artois Hound 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.)
Bite Force
Does the Artois Hound has a hard bite? What is the bite force of an Artois Hound? How much bite force does an Artois Hound have?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Artois Hound bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI.

The Artois Hound, 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.

Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Artois Hound do?
Artois Hounds have an average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Artois Hounds need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Artois Hound to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Artois Hound roam?
Artois Hounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world. Safer to walk them on a leash unless you teach them how to get back to you on command. This breed is also able to cause damage to your fence.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Artois Hound have high prey drive?
Artois Hounds 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 Artois Hounds are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Artois Hound good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
It is not recommended to keep the Artois Hound 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 Artois Hound indoors by introducing daily routines.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Artois Hounds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments. They don't mind moving from one place to another with their owner.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
How long can an Artois Hound be left alone?
Artois Hounds 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.

Artois Hound Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Artois Hound temperament with other people:
Artois Hounds are not the most stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Artois Hound dogs get along with other pets? Are Artois Hound dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Artois Hounds are generally with other pets.
Child Friendly
Are Artois Hound dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Artois Hound temperament with children:
Artois Hounds are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Artois Hound 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 Artois Hound breed live with a cat?
Artois Hounds are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Artois Hound good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Artois Hound dogs get along with other dogs?
Artois Hounds are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Artois Hound can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Artois Hound breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners? Is Artois Hound breed suitable for first-time owners?
No
Artois Hounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Office Friendly
Are Artois Hounds good office dogs? Do Artois Hounds make good office friendly dogs? Can Artois Hounds be office dogs?
No
Artois Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Artois Hound dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Briquet temperament with senior people? Are Artois Hound dogs good for elderly owners?
Artois Hounds are usually recommended for elderly people.

Artois Hound Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Artois Hound dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Artois Hounds are commonly healthy dogs. Vet costs aren't expensive with this breed.
Health Problems
What genetic/health problems does the Artois Hound breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Artois Hound breed? Most common health risks of Artois Hound:
Anesthesia SensitivityBloatCryptorchidismEar InfectionsElbow DysplasiaHip DysplasiaPrimary Lens Luxation
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Artois Hound breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Artois Hound see the vet?
Rare
The Artois Hound should have a complete physical check-up at least every 12-18 months (but preferably once per year). If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Artois Hound dogs live? How old can a Artois Hound be? What is the age limit of the Artois Hound? How many years can the oldest Artois Hound live?

What is the average life expectancy / lifespan of an Artois Hound?

13-15 years
The average lifespan of Artois Hound: 14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Artois Hound breed hypoallergenic?
No
Artois Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the 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.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Artois Hound have? What is the activity level of the Artois Hound?
Artois Hounds are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much exercise does an Artois Hound need? How much exercise do Artois Hound dogs require per day?
Artois Hounds need quite a lot of exercise. Daily walks should be on schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does the Artois Hound breed need?
Artois Hounds 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.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does an Artois Hound need? What dog products should I buy? How much food does an Artois Hound breed eat per day? What is good dog food for Artois Hound? How much food should I feed my Artois Hound?
3/4 to 1.5 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? Artois Hound risk for obesity:
Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Artois Hound's weight, he can easily gain weight. More than one daily walk should be on schedule. 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 Artois Hound's weight regularly.

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.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Artois Hound 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 Artois Hound drool?
The Artois Hound is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency. If you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, the Artois Hound could be a good choice for you. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool less than others, just like the Artois Hound.

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

Artois Hound As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Artois Hound 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).

Artois Hound is not the best breed for service purposes.

Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Artois Hound be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Artois Hound 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.

Artois Hound is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.

Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Artois Hound 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.

Artois Hound is not the best breed for detection purposes.

Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Artois Hound 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 Artois Hound is not the best breed for SAR purposes.

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

Not really

Artois Hound 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 Artois Hound 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.

Artois Hound is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

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

Not really

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

Artois Hound Reproducibility

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

60-64 days

Reproductive cycle of the female Artois Hound: 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 Artois Hound have in a litter? How many puppies can the Artois Hound breed have for the first time? How many puppies does an Artois Hound have? How many puppies can an Artois Hound give birth to?
5-7 puppies

Artois Hound Recognition

AKC Group
Is Artois Hound recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Artois Hound recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.

Artois Hound Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Artois Hound's has great intelligence.
  • Health Issues: Artois Hounds are commonly healthy dogs.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Artois Hound is a perfect example of a low drooling tendency.
  • Adaptability: Artois Hounds adapt well to lifestyle changes and different living environments.
  • Child Friendly: Artois Hounds are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Artois Hounds are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Artois Hounds are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Trainability: A slightly harder to train than average.
  • Hypoallergenic: Artois Hounds don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: It is not recommended to keep the Artois Hound breed in the home.
  • Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity: Average to High: If you don't pay attention to the Artois Hound's weight, he can easily gain weight.
  • Watchdog Ability: Artois Hounds are not the best watchdogs.
  • Impulse to Wander or Roam: Artois Hounds have high wanderlust potential, which means that this breed has a strong desire for exploring the world.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Artois Hounds 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: Artois Hound is not the best dog breed for office environment.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Artois Hounds are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

Artois Hound History

The Artois Hound, also known as Chein d’Artois, has a long history, dating back as early as the 15th century and they are believed to have descended from the dogs of St. Hubert’s, which were very similar to the modern Bloodhound. However, the breed was developed in the north of France, so people assume that it was mixed with a number of English hounds over the years. There is even some speculation that the Artois Hound may have contributed to the creation of the Beagle in England.

Furthermore, in its earliest years, this breed actually encompassed two breeds, a Basset Hound-type and a larger Picardy Hound, the pair of which shared many characteristics but largely differed in overall size and stature. By the 1600s, however, the larger Picards took the Chein d’Artois name and came in two sizes, large and small, with the latter being much common. They looked a bit different than the Artois Hounds we know today, as in those days they were white with fawn and grey markings, notably lighter in shade than modern tricolors. Moreover, in the late 1500s and early 1600s, their popularity increased thanks to French nobility, who revered the breed for their exceptional tracking abilities. The breed tends to hunt in a small pack and is particularly adept in the pursuit of hare, foxes, and boar. They were often given as gifts to other members of the nobility and many accounts of nobles and hunters began to flourish in this era, almost all of it including high praise of the breed for its skillset and excellent temperament. Unfortunately, by the 19th century, the breed’s popularity started to decrease due to the rise in popularity of breeds like the English Foxhound, which was fashionably imported as the next best hunting breed. This left many traditional French breeds behind. As their numbers fell, so did their purity, as their limited population caused the need for crossbreeding with those like the now-extinct Normand Hounds to help maintain dwindling numbers. While this did help the population stabilize, the infusion of other larger, taller breeds with scroll-type ears vastly changed the Artois Hound’s overall appearance until far removed from their original aesthetic by the end of the century. Many intense breeding efforts were undertaken by experts and enthusiasts alike but any small success was short-lived, as both WWI and WWII decimated their numbers to near extinction. Fortunately, in the 1970s, a man named M. Audrechy took to the task of finding as many pure dogs as possible and began a new breeding program that aimed at returning the breed to its original look. While the modern Artois Hounds still maintain darker shades than the originals, Audrechy’s efforts largely paid off, taking the breed back to the original characteristics first written about in accounts from centuries before. Since then, their numbers have increased to a healthier level and today around 500 are registered with the Federation Cynologique Internationale. In 2006, they were finally recognized by the United Kennel Club and continue to be used as both hunters and companions.

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