Artois Hound
Francia FCI 28 . Medium-sized Hounds

Sabueso Artesiano

The Artois Hound It is a good company but with independent dog.



The Artois Hound is a smaller version of the “Great Artois Hound”, which is now extinct and was used in France in the seventeenth century for hunting wild boar, deer and small game. As hare hunting grew in popularity, the need for smaller dog breeds increased. Known in his land as "Briquet” (that means "small braco") and also how Picard.

It is true that it is a dog of ancient lineage like few others has enjoyed the admiration and the royalty protection (King Henry IV and Louis XIII), being considered a distinguished Hunter of Hare.

He played with devotion to his duties in the most varied scenarios (plain, Floresta or denser clumps) and I used to be easily identified by his master due to his original bark.

Some authors have that in 1609 Prince Alexander Gray has sent some copies of this race to the King of England, which have subsequently been used for the creation of the Beagle.

The development of Artois Hound, However, It has not been stable or linear. According to a French hunting manual, dating of 1890, It is known that in late 19th century it used to be difficult to find copies of this lineage pure.

The apparent arbitrariness to the development of the race and their successive crosses with other species (mostly of English origin) they will disperse the original purity of this lineage.

In this stage a so-called breeder Ernest Levoir tries to restore this lineage to the region Picardie. There are other names that were associated with these recovery attempts during the 20th century, as Mallard (at the time of World War I), Audréchy, among others.

With everything, Some authors consider that it has been Mme. Great Pyla who has won the most positive results, managing to restore the breeding of this breed.

Currently, This dog It remains a rare breed and there are quite a few clubs that protect their development.

Physical characteristics “Artois Hound”

Very Agile, It adapts to various types of terrain and shown extremely persistent in the performance of their duties. In addition, has an excellent sense of direction, a developed sense of smell and speed of movement.

This robust dog has a fur short, dense, soft and well attached to the body.

The color the coat is dark Fawn tri-color, It is a color similar to the Hare or the Badger. It has large spots. Y, the head tends to be carbonated, or charcoal grey and sometimes presents black reflections.

It has wide and rounded skull and pronounced chamfer. It has the square snout, the black truffle and its round eyes give it a gentle air.

The ears they are wide, long and inserted at eye level.

The neck and chest are vigorous and long. The rump and the spine are also robust and Member muscular. In the long run tail stays in the form of sickle.

Character and skills “Artois Hound”

Currently, He continues using this dog more as that dog as a companion dog. Like the large spaces, It does not conform to the sedentary life in the city.

You can live in a home but if given a daily dose of exercise physicist and games.

The Artois Hound he is a brave and intelligent dog, very independent and quite energetic.

It is an animal very resistant, possessing a special bark You may hear a lot distance. It is a dog that is used primarily for hunting.

Hunters usually go hunting with six or eight specimens of Artois Hound.

You don't see much as companion dog, but in this case it is a good companion, It is not a Mongrel dog thanks to its strong independence, but will be loving in their own way, without empalagar.

Care and maintenance of a “Artois Hound”

The Artois Hound not suitable as a family dog. Needs a meaningful task that demands your doggy stamina and intelligence. His most popular task is still hunting. Therefore, this dog should be left in the hands of an experienced hunter.

To the Artois Hound would not like the position in a city apartment, no matter how comfortable the apartment is. You need freedom of movement, what can you get in the country. As the Artois Hound He is a pack dog and feels very happy among his peers, second position or multi-dog position is recommended. The care of this breed of dog is not intensive. Ear care can be a bit more complex, but the coat is very easy.

Where to buy a “Artois Hound”

The Artois Hound it is a rare breed of dog that was on the verge of extinction after the 2nd World War. If you are interested in this dog, should have a lot of patience and time. Contact breeders in advance and ask if they expect a litter and if one is still available. Puppies are often reserved in advance. But it's better not to buy from breeders when you have a bad feeling!! If possible, you should take a look at the kennel. Don't be afraid to ask the breeder too many questions!! A good breeder, for whom the welfare of puppies is the first priority, will be happy to answer your questions and give you some valuable tips on maintenance, training and feeding the dogs.

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Type and recognitions:

  • Group 6: Scent hound and related breeds.
  • Section 1: Scent hounds – 1.2: Medium-sized Hounds. With working trial.


  • FCI – Group 6: Scent hounds, and related breeds. – Section 1.2: Medium-sized Hounds.
  • Central Canine Society

FCI breed standard “Artois Hound”

“Artois Hound” FCI FCI Artesian Hound

Alternative names:

    1. Chien d’Artois, Picard, Briquet (English).
    2. Grand chien d’Artois, Briquet, Picard (French).
    3. Artois Hound (German).
    4. (em francês: Chien d’Artois (Portuguese).
    5. Chien d’Artois, Picard, Briquet, Sabueso de Artois, Perro de Artois(Spanish).

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