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The Ariegeois Dog Breed
Ariegeois hunting dogs are a calm and pretty serene type of dog. Not often found out of France, they gentle yet adequate dogs are perfect for families and hunters alike.
They have an unusual appearance when it comes to hounds, although they don the huge floppy ears their snouts are quite large and sharp at the end. They are short for their sturdy weight of about thirty to forty pounds and have far apart eyes. Their legs are long for their size and muscles, with a mighty back and hind leg area. Their tail usually hangs down in a long curve but points straight up when they are on the hunt and sniffing for the prey. These dogs come in colors of black, brown and white patches, black and white spotted, and sometimes all brown or black.
Being calm and collected is what makes this breed an outstanding hunter. Though their energy level can seem low, they need to be coxed into exercise or hunting and once they are, they fulfill their duties quite nicely. Being a quiet dog has its perks, they do not often bark unless they feel antsy or threatened and mind their own business will walking around the home. Due to their hunting instinct, its best to keep them away from smaller animals unless they were brought up with them. Although they may seem lazy, they need to keep up with exercising or else their laziness will progress them into gaining too much weight.
Ariegeois' are light shedders because of their fine and silky coat. They don't need too much brushing in that respect, but it is needed after a week or so. Bathing is easy as they do not mind the bath and will most likely calmly wait until they are taken out.
Being strong and endeavored has its perks for this dog, they do not have any genetic problems and the most common illness are an ear infection due to warmer climates or the common hip dysplasia from so much over active movement. This breed lives up to fourteen to fifteen years.
Ariegeois dogs are not very well known except in France where they are used a great deal. These dogs are fun loving and quiet natured, perfect for anyone who is tired of those yips and yowls.