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Species group:

Other name(s): Chien d’Artois; Picard Briquet; Briquet; Briquet d' Artois

The basics:
The Artois Hound is a rare French breed of scenthound probably related to the Bloodhound. Greatly prized during the time of Henri IV and Louis XIII, especially for the sport of hare hunting, it almost vanished until a single 1970s breeder worked to resurrect it. Most Artois Hounds available today descend from his stock. Although difficult to find, the Artois Hound may eventually gain a wider following, since they share the Bloodhound's fine nose, enthusiasm for the hunt, and easy adaptability to an active family's lifestyle.

Appearance / health:
The Artois Hound is a strong, muscular dog with a slightly domed skull. The nose is well-developed. The lips are somewhat thick.

Regular brushing is sufficient to keep the coat in good condition. Wiping the coat with a wet cloth may be necessary when the dog is dirty.

The Artois Hound requires daily long walks and jogs.

The Artois Hound is usually healthy though individuals may be prone to hip dysplasia, ear infections, and skin ailments.

Behavior / temperament:
The Artois Hound is a fine scenthound with great endurance and strength. The breed is a pack animal.

The Artois Hound requires firm, consistent training without any harshness.

The Artois Hound is not very noisy.

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