Original Name : Braque de l’Ariège
Type : Braccoid
Other Names : Ariege, Pointer
Male size : 23½-26½ inches
Female size : 22-25½ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : France
These mountain pointers from south-west France are adapted to all forms of hunting. Hardy, docile and easy to train, they are powerful yet lean dogs that exude vigor. Lean legs, prominent muscles and well defined lines are sought after. Their pale orange-mottled – sometimes brown-flecked – white coat produces an elegant, distinguished dog.
Slightly rounded skull, only slight frontal furrow, lines of skull and muzzle diverge slightly toward the front.
Topline descends almost in a straight line from the withers to the eleventh dorsal vertebra, before arching slightly to the croup.
White with pale orangey fawn or sometimes brown flecking or ticking. Some dogs are white with fawn or brown ticking or flecking.
Fairly fine, long, curled in, set at or below eye level.
Extending from the line of the croup, strong at the base, tapering to the tip.
Close, glossy, short, fine and smooth on head and ears.
Braque de l’Arièges are descended from the old Braque Français, which was crossed with white and orange-coated southern braques in the 19th century to produce a lighter, more active pointer. They were used by a small number of huntsmen in their native region, which saved the breed from dying out. A group of breeders moved to revive the breed in 1990.
Despite only reappearing recently, the Braque de l’Ariege is actually one of the Pyrenean braques, although it is less well known than the Gascogne or Pyrenean type.