Artois Hound

Other names: Chien d’Artois, Picard, Briquet

Artois Hound

Formerly known as the Picard, the Artois Hound has been in existence for over 500 years. It’s believed to have been developed from the English Beagle and was used as a hunting dog by members of the French aristocracy. Unsurprisingly, the Artois Hound has an excellent nose, first-class tracking skills, and lots of stamina. They’re  happiest when working, but can still make excellent pets.This is a  friendly, affectionate, and loyal animal. 

Key facts about the Artois Hound

Life expectancy :

6

18

11

13

Temperament :

Affectionate Playful Hunter

Size :

Origins and history

The breed was developed in France around 500 years ago and reached its peak during the 17th century, when it was a dog of choice for the French Nobility. For hundreds of years it worked alongside hunters, tracking rabbits, foxes, and boars. Its numbers remained relatively high until after the second world war. The effects of the war on France, as well as growing industrialisation, forced the breed to the brink of extinction. It was saved by a French breeder named Mr. B Audrechy. After hearing of the Artois Hound’s decline, he located the remaining dogs and set up a breeding programme. The Artois Hound club now has over 500 dogs registered in its stud book and the breed’s overall numbers are on the rise. 

FCI breed nomenclature

FCI Group

Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds

Section

Section 1 : Scent hounds

Physical characteristics of the Artois Hound

    Adult size

    Female : Between 21 and 23 in

    Male : Between 21 and 23 in

    Weight

    Female : Between 62 and 66 lb

    Male : Between 62 and 66 lb

    Coat colour

    Black
    White
    Brown

    Type of coat

    Short

    Eye colour

    Brown

    Description

    Medium sized, well-constructed dog with quite a long body. Short, sturdy legs. Long, thin tail and large, pendulous ears. A warm and friendly expression.

    Good to know

    It’s advised to check their ears on a regular basis. They also need a monthly clean. Any breeds with long, pendulous ears are prone to ear infections. 

    Physical exercise is not enough for these dogs. They also need a mental challenge. This is a task-driven breed with a very strong work ethic. 

    Temperament

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      Affectionate

      A loving and very affectionate dog. Very open and receptive towards humans. 

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      Playful

      A high-energy dog with a big playful streak. The Artois Hound has tons of energy and enthusiasm, and really enjoys playing  games with younger children.

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      Calm

      A boisterous dog that loves to express itself through physical activity. Has a reputation for being a bit “naughty.” 

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      Intelligent

      A very intelligent dog with a strong and independent mind. This can lead to displays of difficult behaviour. The Artois Hound has a very low threshold for boredom, and as such can become quite disobedient.

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      Hunter

      This dog was bred to track and hunt rabbits, which is something they do extremely well. Known for their speed and stamina, the Artois Hound is happiest when on the trail of a strong scent. 

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      Fearful / wary of strangers

      Very friendly and social, even towards strangers. This dog sees everyone as a potential friend.  

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      Independent

      The Artois Hound has a real mind of its own. As puppies they’re much more compliant. However, without proper training, they’ll develop into stubborn and disobedient dogs. 

      Behaviour of the Artois Hound

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        Tolerates solitude

        Not suited to long periods of solitude. These dogs form an exceptionally strong bond with their main handler. Tends to latch onto one member of the family and needs lots of regular contact with their “master.” 

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        Easy to train / obedience

        Training the Artois requires patience, experience, and some creativity. This dog will quickly grow bored of the basic obedience commands. They need to be consistently challenged and praised.

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        Barking

        The Artois has a very distinct bark. It’s a piercing, high-pitched sound that travels for miles. This is perfect for hunting parties trying to locate the dog. However, it’s not so great for people keeping the Artois as just a pet!

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        Tendency to run away

        There’s always a risk that a scenthound could run away. Once they pick up a scent, they’ll follow it for hours and across huge distances. When it comes to obedience training, teaching this dog the recall command is your first priority.

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