Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Ariège-Hound

(Ariégeois)

Ariegeois


ORIGIN

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FCI
France.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
24.01.1996.

UTILISATION

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FCI
Scenthound used for driving game to waiting guns and for coursing. His medium size and lightness make him a precious auxiliary, whether he hunts on his own or in a pack, capable of evolving easily on difficult terrains. Hare hunting is his favourite type of hunting; but he is also used in tracking roe deer or wild boar..

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 6Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1.2Scenthounds, Medium-sized Hounds
With working trial

UKC
Scenthound

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Mrs Peggy Davis.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
Originates from the Ariège, product of a crossing of a Briquet with a “chien d’ordre” (scenthound hunting in a pack) which could have been the Bleu de Gascogne or the Gascon Saintongeois. Physically he has kept the typical characteristics of the “chien d’ordre”, with, however, less distinction, less size and more lightness.
UKC
Developed in the French province of Ariege, from a series of matings between the Grand Bleu de Gascogne, Grand Gascon-Saintongeois and local Briquet hounds, the Ariegeois excels in hunting hare in the dry, rocky regions of its homeland. (Note: “Briquet” is often mistakenly translated as “Beagle”, but actually does not denote any certain breed. Rather, the term is used to describe medium-sized hounds which are finer-boned, shorter-coupled and more compact than the larger “Grand” breeds.) The Ariegeois was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1993.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Light dog, medium size, elegant and distinguished.
UKC
Lighter of frame and finer built than their Grand Bleu de Gascogne and Grand Gascon-Saintongeois forebears, the Ariegeois hounds nevertheless have retained a great amount of the character and quality enjoyed by their parent breeds. Although the smallest and most finely-built of the “Blue mottled breeds of the Midi” (Grand Bleu de Gascogne, Grand Gascon-Saintongeois and Ariegeois), the Ariegeois is still a hound whose endurance and staying power is highly regarded by French houndsmen, and the breed must therefore immediately impress as a hound of substance. Considering the breed's hunting history, individual hounds should have moderate bone, and ample muscle. Males are heavier than females. Defects such as bull necks, out at the elbows, loaded shoulders, or a beef steer profile should not be confused with masculinity. Likewise, defects such as a shallow muzzle, poorly-formed chest, extremely narrow pelvic region, and general frailty should not be confused with femininity. Because the Ariegeois is first and foremost a hunting hound, scars (the result of honorable wounds) shall not be considered faults nor shall they be penalized by Judges. This includes cuts, nicks, notches on the ears, and/or ears that are frayed at the edges from working in brush, tall grass, etc.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Behaviour: From his origins he is hardworking dog being at the same time very good at driving game to the waiting guns and showing proof of much initiative and enterprise. He has a resounding voice and is quick in his plotting.
Character: Happy and sociable; easy to train.
UKC
Good speed; a degree of endurance not generally found in hounds of this size. A surprisingly deep, powerful voice and remarkable scenting ability. Of even temperament, essentially friendly and social. As a hunting/working scenthound breed, and being called upon to work in close proximity with other hounds and their handlers, aggression towards other hounds and people is to be considered a fault.

HEAD

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CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Seen from the front, slightly domed, not too broad; the occipital protuberance only slightly marked. Seen from above, the back of the skull is of lightly pronounced ogival shape. The forehead is full. Superciliary arches only slightly marked.
UKC
Seen from the front, the skull is slightly domed, not too broad, and the occipital protuberance is only slightly marked. Seen from above, the back of the skull is slightly oval in shape. The forehead is full, and the superciliary arches are only slightly marked.

Stop

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FCI
Only slightly accentuated.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black, developed; nostrils well opened.
UKC
The nose is black, with well-developed nostrils.

Muzzle

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FCI
Nasal bridge straight or slightly arched; muzzle of equal length with that of the skull.
UKC
The muzzle is the same length as the skull, with a straight nasal bone. The lips are rather thin and tight. The upper lip must just cover the lower jaw, without giving the muzzle a pointed appearance.

Lips

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FCI
Tight, rather thin. The upper lip must just cover the lower jaw but without giving the muzzle a pointed profile.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Scissor bite. Incisors set square to the jaws.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white teeth meet in a scissors bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Well open, brown; eyelids without looseness. Alert, bright expression.
UKC
The eyes are well opened and brown in color, with tight rims and an alert, bright expression.

Ears

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UKC
The thin ears are set on low and well back, turning well inwards; coming to the end of the nose when held along the jaw line.

Leathers

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FCI
Fine, supple, curled in, must be able to reach the onset of the nose without going beyond its extremity. The leather is narrow at its base and is set just below the eye level.

NECK

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FCI
Light, rather thin, long, slightly arched.
UKC
The long, slightly arched neck is light and fine, without any trace of dewlap.

BODY

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UKC
The chest is moderately wide, deep and long and let down to the elbow. The ribs are long and moderately arched. The level back is short coupled and well supported. The well-muscled loins are moderately wide. The croup is fairly horizontal. The flanks are flat, with a slight tuck-up.

Back

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FCI
Well muscled and sustained (firm).

Loin

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FCI
Well fused, slightly arched.

Croup

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FCI
Quite horizontal.

Chest

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FCI
Ribs: Long, moderately rounded.
Chest: Long, medium width, let down to elbow level.

Flank

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FCI
Flat and slightly drawn up.

TAIL

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FCI
Well set, fine at its extremity, reaching the point of the hock. Carried gaily, sabre blade style.
UKC
The well-attached tail tapers to a point, and is carried saber fashion when working.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
View of the ensemble solidly constructed.
UKC
The somewhat sloping shoulders have ample muscle, but are not loaded; appearing as part of the body.

Shoulder

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FCI
Moderately oblique, muscular without heaviness.

Elbow

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FCI
Close to body.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The forelegs are strong and straight.

FEET

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UKC
The well-knit feet are of hare type. Fault: Splayed feet.

Forefeet

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FCI
Elongated oval, i.e. “harefeet”; toes lean and tight. Pads and nails black.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
View of ensemble well proportioned.

Thigh

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FCI
Quite long and muscled without excess.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The thighs are long and muscular without excess. The hocks are well let down. No dewclaws.

Hock

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FCI
Well set in the axis of the body, well let down. No dewclaw.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Supple and easy.
UKC
Supple and easy.

SKIN

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FCI
Fine, supple, not closely adherent to the body but not allowing the presence of dewlap, folds or wrinkles. Mucous membranes (hairless zones) black.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Short, fine and dense.
UKC
The fine coat is close and ample. Skin pigment is pink under white hairs and black under black hairs. The lips, palate, sex organs and pads of the feet are black. The fine, supple skin is somewhat loose on the body, to allow for freedom of movement, but there are no wrinkles.

COLOUR

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FCI
White with jet black markings with well defined outlines; sometimes mottled. Presence of quite pale tan on the cheeks and above the eyes.
UKC
White with jet black markings that are well defined. Sometimes mottled. Pale tan on the cheeks and above the eyes.

SIZE

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UKC
Height ranges, measured at the point of the withers, are: males, 20.5 to 23 inches; females, 19.5 to 22 inches.

Height at withers

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FCI
Males 52 to 58 cm. Females 50 to 56 cm.

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.
  • Head: Skull flat or too pronounced dome. Profile of the extremity of the muzzle too square. Presence of wrinkles or dewlap. Eye round; haw apparent. Leathers too flat; thick, badly set, too long or too short.
  • Body: Excessive volume. Slack (soft) back. Drooping croup.
  • Tail: Tail deviated.
  • Limbs: Insufficiently developed bone structure. Cow hocks seen from behind. Splayed feet.
  • Behaviour: Timid subject.
UKC

Nose: Pink or spotted nose.
Forelegs: Weak legs.
Body: Poorly-developed chest. Excessively receding croup.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

Flightened or aggressive subject.
Lack of type.
Serious anatomical malformation.
Visible disabling (invalidating) defect.
Over-or undershot mouth.
Light eyes.
Any coat other than schedulded in the standard.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Undershot or overshot bite. Any coat other than described in the standard. Light (yellow) eyes.
Teeth: Undershot or overshot bite.
Eyes: Light (yellow) eyes.
Coat: Any coat other than described in the standard.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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