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The Artois Hound, an intelligent dog with a strong character

A vigorous, intelligent animal with a strong character, the Chien d'Artois can play the role of hunting dog as well as companion dog. In this second role, he shows kindness, sociability and loyalty.

Characteristics of the Artois Hound

The Artois is a medium-sized dog with a muscular and robust physique that exudes energy and strength. This "lighter" meaning small dog has a broad, strong skull with a domed shape. It is finished by a marked stop, a strong and black nose and a little elongated muzzle. The neck is powerful and not very long. The personality of this dog is already revealed through its eyes which give an impression of softness on a melancholic background. Their dark brown color contrasts with the color of the coat. Its eyes are round, not very close together and very open. Concerning the ears, they represent a distinctive feature of this dog, because they are big, strong and wide while being attached at the level of the eyes. The Chien d'Artois has a short and thick coat to the touch. It has a tricolor coat combining white, black and fawn.

History of the breed Chien d'Artois

The Chien d'Artois is a French breed that has been known since the dawn of time. Its traces would go up with the Hundred Years War, towards the XIVth century. It would come from the north of the country, from the old county of Artois. It is said that its ancestor is the Chien de Saint-Hubert and in the 16th century, it was still known as the Chien Picard. To differentiate it from the great dog of Artois, it will be initially called Briquet d'Artois before carrying the name of Dog of Artois. The latter was a sensation, especially in the royal courts of Henry IV and Louis XII. Unfortunately, the breed almost did not survive the Second World War without the efforts of some passionate breeders.

Necessary living conditions and behavior of the Artois Hound

The Artois Hound is an enduring, courageous and bold animal. It develops a very good sense of smell, hence its success with hunters. Beyond its role as a hunting dog, it is also a wonderful pet at home. It is affectionate, calm and docile. In addition, this dog is kind and loyal to its owners. It is not too afraid of strangers, but this does not prevent it from knowing how to sound the alarm if necessary. To be happy, the Artois should live in the country in a house with a large garden. City life is not for him.

Diet and main health problems of the Artois Hound

The Artois is a robust dog and has no specific diseases. It is not afraid of humidity or cold. On the other hand, it will be necessary to provide him with the best food, especially during the growth period, in order to give him the maximum of calcium and vitamins. Its energy intake should also be compatible with its physical exercise to avoid weight gain.