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Ariege Pointer

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Last updated: 18th October 2022

The Ariege Pointer is a relatively recent French hunting dog classified under the ‘pointing gun dog’ type. Ariege Pointers, considered as the national heritage of France, are highly energetic canids, skilled in retrieving. They are typically kept as hunter dogs rather than pet or show dogs. This breed has an overall sleek look with a large, elongated head, a long muzzle, overlapping lips, a light nose, almond eyes and large, loosely-hanging ears. The chest is broad that has gradually slimmed down towards the waist. These pointers have a long, thin tail hanging straight downwards, while their legs are sturdy, adapted for running at high speed.

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Quick Description

Other Names Ariege Pointing Dog, French Pointer (Ariegeois), the Ariegeois Pointing Dog, Braque de l’Ariege (French)
Coat Short, single, rough, thick
Colors Primarily white hair with speckles or large patches in orange, liver, or chestnut
Type Hunting Dog, Gun Dog, Retriever, Pointer, Working Dog (UKC)
Group (of Breed) Purebred
Lifespan 12-15 years
Weight 25 to 30 kg (55.1 to 66.1 pounds) (full grown male/female)
Height (Size) Large;
Male: 60–67 cm (24–26 in);
Female: 56–65 cm (22–26 in)
Personality Traits Loyal, playful, friendly, independent, skilled, forgetful, docile, easily trainable
Litter Size 4-8 puppies (at a time)
Good with Children Yes
Good with Strangers No
Hypoallergenic No
Country of Origin France
Time of Origin 19th Century
Competitive Registration/ Qualification Information UKC, FCI (Pointer type #177)
Breed Standards

History

The Ariege Pointers developed in the Ariegeois region of France, from which they got their name. The originated from the old French Braque dogs that were made to cross with the orange and white Southern Braques, back in the 19th Century with an aim to bring in activity and lightness.Developed as a continental pointing breed, they proved to be very agile and energetic with an excellent sense of smell. These dogs were also skilled retrievers and were perfect as a hunting companion, especially wild hare, quail, and partridge. For this reason, the local hunters continued to breed and use them.

Developed as a continental pointing breed, they proved to be very agile and energetic with an excellent sense of smell. These dogs were also skilled retrievers and were perfect as a hunting companion, especially wild hare, quail, and partridge. For this reason, the local hunters continued to breed and use them.

However, they were only bred only by the hunters since they were originally hunting dogs, and eventually, the breed almost disappeared during the World War II.

In 1990, a group of breeders took the initiative to breed them dedicatedly. The team was headed by Alain Deteix, who worked hard for the breed’s survival, and gradual revival.

In 2006, the breed got recognition by the UKC (United Kennel Club). At present, the Ariege Pointer is relatively unknown outside of France and is mostly used as a hunting dog.

Temperament and Behavior

The Ariege Pointer dogs are energetic and playful dogs that love to stay busy and active. They are loyal to their owners and family members, and are good with children and other dogs, especially when raised together. However, it is not recommended to keep them in residences where there are small non-canine pets. Ariege Pointers are often wary of strangers and are independent-minded.

Care

Exercise

They are energetic dogs and need a good deal of activities every day. Take them out for a vigorous walk and jogging session for at least an hour, preferably twice a day. They need plenty of space to run around and play. So, it is recommended that they get owners with a large, fenced yard.

Grooming

Their short coat is easy to care. Brushing them once a week is enough to keep them clean.

Health Problems

The Ariege Pointer dogs do not pick up any diseases that can be considered specific to their breed. However, be cautious about dog diseases common to breeds with high levels of activities including hip and elbow dysplasias, patellar luxation (dislocation of the knee), etc. Also, keep a note of the health history of both its parents.

Training

  • To ward off chances of any erratic behavior backed by its hunting instinct, begin basic instruction training like stop, sit, come back or halt, right from its puppy days. It should learn that chasing birds or pet cats are not acceptable. Be consistent, but never rude. Training them is easy, especially when you carry on with the training process with tasty treats when it obeys your words.
  • The leash training is also crucial to gain control over this hunter breed. Teach it to accept the leash happily, when you feel the need to do so. Give a pat or a hug for wearing the leash so that it understands that, wearing it would bring it its master’s love.
  • Keep the lesson timings brief but entertaining, since they have a short memory span.

Diet/Feeding

On an average, the adult Ariege Pointers (male & female) need 2 to 2½ cups of high-quality, dry dog food daily. You can also mix can food (like meat or soup) in their diet. However, meat should preferably be served raw.

Interesting Facts

  • Their French name ‘Braque de l’Ariege’ directly translates into English as the Ariege pointing dog.

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