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Ariegeois History

The Araignéois or Araignée de Gascogne is a Griffon-type scent hound. It is a smallish, compact, short-haired and rather rough-coated dog, with a harsh expression, and a strongly developed back. The Araignée de Gascogne is an ancient and noble hounds, which owes its origin to the Basque country, and whose historical importance is attested to by several ancient testimonies. It was, in fact, a prized chivalrous pursuit, and the dog has been depicted in various medieval engravings. This hounds is descended from the primitive hounds, the Ail and Aigle, which probably originated in the Pyrenees, and were known in prehistoric times by the Gauls and the Romans. These hounds, which were light in frame, and medium in size, were gradually modified until, in the 16th century, they assumed the form of our time.

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Ariegeois Physical Characteristics

The Ariegeois is a small, medium-size breed of dog that is typically 15-18 inches at the shoulders and weighs 30-45 lbs. It has a long, thick, woolly coat of any color. It has very round, dark eyes and erect ears. It is of medium size and comes in three varieties: le béarnais, le moutardais, and le bouvier.

Eye Colors


Nose Colors


Coat Colors

Black, White

Height Range

Male Height Range: 20 – 23 inches

Female Height Range: 20 – 22 inches

Weight Range

Male Weight Range: 55 – 70 lbs

Female Weight Range: 50 – 60 lbs

Ariegeois Health

Description of breed health.


10-13 yrs

Ariegeois Health Concerns

Hip Dysplasia, Ear Infections

Ariegeois Temperament and Behaviour

The Ariegeois is an alert and active breed. They are very watchful of their surroundings and will bark to warn their family of any unusual activity. They are friendly and affectionate with their family, but can be reserved with strangers. This breed needs a lot of mental and physical stimulation, and without it they may become destructive. They are a relatively easy breed to train, but may be stubborn at times. Ariegeois are relatively healthy dogs, but are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia.

Ariegeois Activity Requirements

The French Ariegeois is a herding dog that was bred to work long days in the mountains. They are intelligent, independent, and hard-working, but they are sweethearts who have a whimsical, fun-loving side. Ariegeois dogs are well-suited to an active life, and they need plenty of space to run and play. They require very little grooming, making them suitable for people who spend a lot of time outdoors. High energy families will be perfect matches for this athletic, high-energy breed.

Miles Per Day

14 miles

Activity Per Day

60 minutes

Daily Food

4 cups

Kennel Club Recognition

American Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Ariegeois is part of the Unclassified group.

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The Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Ariegeois is part of the Unclassified group.

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Australian National Kennel Council

Not Recognized

Ariegeois is part of the Unclassified group.

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Canadian Kennel Club

Not Recognized

Ariegeois is part of the Unclassified group.

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