Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Ariege Pointing Dog

(Braque de l’Ariège)

Braque de l’Ariege


ORIGIN

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FCI
France.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
24.01.1996.

UTILISATION

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FCI
Pointing dog.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 7Pointing Dogs
Section 1.1Continental Pointing Dogs, 'Braque' type
With working trial

UKC
Gun Dog

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Mrs. Peggy Davis.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The Ariège Pointer is issued from the old French Braques, which in the 19th century, were crossed with Braques of Meridional (Southern) stock of white and orange coat, to give them more lightness and activity. A few Ariègeois huntsmen continued to use him, which avoided a complete disappearance of the breed. In 1990 a team of breeders decided to devote themselves to its survival.
UKC
A Continental pointing breed that is descended from the old French Braques, which were combined during the 19th Century with the orange and white Southern Braques to give them more lightness and activity. A few huntsmen from the Ariegeois region continued to use the breed, which saved them from extinction. In 1990 a team of breeders decided to devote themselves to the breed’s survival. The Braque de l’Ariege was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 2006.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Braccoïd type. His construction is powerful but without excessive heaviness, robust and of strong appearance. One prefers subjects with lean legs, prominent muscles and well defined lines. His white coat mottled with preferably pale orange or sometimes flecked with brown, together with his size, makes him an elegant distinguished looking dog.
UKC
A powerful, robust, strong dog with lean legs, prominent muscles and well defined lines. The mottled white coat and good size of the breed give it an elegant, distinguished look.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI
Medium proportions the length of the body is a little superior to the height at withers. The skull is slightly longer than the muzzle.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Adapted to all types of hunting, he is resistant, docile and easy to train.
UKC
Docile, easy to train and adaptable to all kinds of hunting.

HEAD

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FCI
The head must be long, angular and narrow at the zygomatic arches.
UKC
Long, angular and narrow at the zygomatic arches. The top lines of the skull and muzzle are slightly divergent.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Very slightly rounded, the frontal furrow only lightly accentuated. The lines of the skull and the muzzle are slightly divergent towards the front. The superciliary arches moderately marked. The occipital protuberance is quite pronounced.
UKC
The skull is slightly longer than the muzzle. It is very slightly rounded, with a lightly accentuated frontal furrow. The occipital protuberance is quite pronounced. The stop is slight.

Stop

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FCI
Only lightly pronounced.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Pink, reddish (flesh colour) or more or less pale brown according to the coat colour, never black. Nostrils well opened.
UKC
Pink, flesh colored or pale brown, depending on the color of the coat. Never black. The nostrils are well opened.

Muzzle

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FCI
Long and straight, sometimes very slightly convex. Seen from the front the lateral faces of the muzzle converge slightly forward.
UKC
Long and straight, sometimes very slightly convex. It tapers in width slightly from the eyes to the nose. The lips are hanging and quite fine, with the corners folded but not drooping.

Lips

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Quite fine, well let down, the corner of the lips quite folded without being droopy.

Jaws/Teeth

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Dental arches well adapted. Scissor bite. Pincer bite (incisors meeting edge to edge) is tolerated.
UKC
The Braque de l’Ariege has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors or level bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Gentle expression. Eye well open, slightly oval, frank and intelligent, well set in the eye socket. The iris is of a dark amber colour or brown according to the colour of the coat.
UKC
The eyes are well open, slightly oval in shape and fairly deeply set. The expression is gentle, frank and intelligent. The iris is dark amber to brown, depending on the color of the coat.

Ears

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UKC
The ears are set on at eye level or below, and not carried close to the head. The leather is long and quite fine and the ears curl in. They should reach to the nose without being stretched.

Leathers

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Quite fine, long, curled in, set on either at eye level line or below, carried not close to the head. Their length permits them, without being stretched, to reach the beginning of the nose.

NECK

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FCI
Not very long, quite strong and with a little dewlap.
UKC
Strong, not very long, with a little dewlap.

BODY

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UKC
Slightly longer than tall in proportion. The chest is broad, deep, and well let down. The ribs are rounded. The withers are well marked. The topline descends in a nearly straight line to the 11th dorsal vertebrae, and then rises slightly over the loin to join the croup. The back is firm and straight. There is a slight tuck up.

Topline

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The front part descends in a nearly straight line from the withers down to the eleventh dorsal vertebra, the second part slightly convex makes the junction with the croup.

Withers

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Well marked without being prominent.

Back

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A little long, muscled, well supported (firm) and straight.

Loin

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Slightly convex.

Croup

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Slightly oblique in relation to the topline.

Chest

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Broad, deep and well let down to elbow level. The ribs are rounded without exaggeration.

Underline and belly

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Slightly oblique, rising slightly in its abdominal part.

TAIL

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FCI
Set in the extension of the croup line. Strong at its root, tapering to its tip. Generally docked by 4/10. The long tail is admitted. Must not be carried higher than the topline.
UKC
The tail is set on as an extension of the line of the croup. It is strong and at the base, and tapering. It is generally docked to slightly less than half its length, but a full tail is acceptable. It must not be carried higher than the topline.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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Forelegs straight, with strong bone, broad and muscled.
UKC
The shoulders are well muscled, and moderately oblique. The upper arms are strong and close to the body.

Shoulder

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Robust, muscled and moderately oblique.

Upper Arm

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Strong, well muscled and close to the body.

Elbow

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At level of sternum.

FORELEGS

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UKC
Straight with strong bone and muscle. The elbows are at the level of the sternum. The pasterns are very slightly inclined.

Forearm

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Strong, vertical and straight.

Pastern

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Very slightly inclined in profile.

FEET

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UKC
Compact, tight and well arched, almost round. The nails are strong and the pads well cushioned.

Forefeet

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Tight and well arched giving a compact ensemble, almost round. The nails are strong and the pads well cushioned.

Hind feet

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Same qualities as the front feet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Vertical and parallel.
UKC
Well muscled and strong, with the rear legs vertical and parallel.

Thigh

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Well muscled, well let down.

Stifle

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Parallel to median plane of the body.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The thighs are long and strong, and the hock joint is well bent. The rear pasterns are quite short and almost vertical.

Lower thigh

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Strong.

Hock joint

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Well bent.

Hock

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Quite short, almost vertical.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Sustained and active trot, interrupted with times of gallop. Great suppleness and lightness of movement.
UKC
A sustained and active trot with suppleness and lightness of movement.

SKIN

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FCI
Moderately thick, finer on the head; quite supple. The outer mucous membranes must be of a corresponding colour to that of the coat; never with black patches.
UKC
The skin is moderately thick and very supple. The mucous membranes must correspond to the coat color. They must never be black or have black patches.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Close, glossy, short, finer and smooth on the head and the leathers.
UKC
Short, close and glossy, finer and smoother on the head and ears.

COLOUR

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FCI
Pale orangy fawn or sometimes brown, strongly flecked with fawn or brown ticked white; certain dogs are even white with fawn or brown ticks.
UKC
Pale orangy fawn roan, brown roan, white with fawn or brown ticking.

SIZE

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Height at withers

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FCI

Males 60 to 67 cm.
Females 56 to 65 cm.
UKC
Height at the withers for males is 23.5 inches to 26.5 inches. For females, it is 22 inches to 25.5 inches.

FAULTS

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FCI
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

Taking into account the reduced stock of this breed, the aim is not to be too severe, but to isolate from the reproduction the subjects outside the type and the subjects with serious faults.
  • Aggressive dogs, biting or very timid dogs.
  • Total lack of type.
  • « Double » nose, (nose of which the nostrils are separated by a deep furrow).
  • Other colour not according to the standard.
  • Black nose.
  • Over- or undershot bite.
  • Colour of the eyes excessively light, wall eye.
  • Entropion or ectropion, or any sign of surgical intervention to correct the defect.
  • Excessive depigmentation of the eyelids.
  • Black nails.
  • Presence of dewclaws.
  • Hindquarters Clearly hindering movement.
  • Colour not conforming to the standard.
  • Size outside the limits of the standard, with a tolerance of 1 cm more or less.
  • Serious morphological anomalies.
  • Invalidating defects.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Overshot or undershot bite. Black nose. Split nose. Wall eyes. Entropion or ectropion. Black nails. Any other color.
Teeth: Overshot or undershot bite.
Nose: Black nose. Split nose.
Eyes: Wall eyes. Entropion or ectropion.
Feet: Black nails.
Color: Any other color.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.