Get to know the Ariegeois
All you need to know about the breed
While not technically a retriever, this hunting dog was bred to go and get things, a skill the Ariegeois still exhibits whether in their native Pyrénées mountains or near a pile of your laundry. Ariegeois also possess exceptional scent-tracking skills, a trait you will notice if their astute noses pick up something interesting while you are out for a walk. Luckily, they are smart and eager to please so much of their unwanted behaviour can be headed off with firm, consistent training.
This same training renders the loyal, easy-going Ariegeois a wonderful family pet though their exuberance and knock-you-over energy means very little ones shouldn’t be left unsupervised with the pup. Friendly and sociable – they get on very well with other dogs – the breed does, however, have a high prey drive so not recommended for households with smaller animals.
Medium-sized, the Ariegeois has a smooth coat, usually white with black or brown markings, dark, gentle eyes and a strong, athletic body. A hound through and through, the breed has the long, hanging droopy ears – can ears be described as expressive? – to prove it, always ready for a scratch behind them. Repeatedly if you don’t mind.
The Ariegeois breed tends to be naturally wary of strangers. But only at first. Big-hearted, once the initial mistrust wears off they would just as soon lick someone to the ground than go into defence mode. So while a perfect fit for many homes, don’t count on your Ariegeois as a guard dog. Only as a great companion.
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From specific breed traits to a general health overview, here are some interesting facts about your Ariegeois
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