Chien d’Artois FCI Standard
In the XVII and XVIII the breed enjoyed the well-earned popularity among French upper class. Its puppies were considered as a welcomed gift by kings and their royal relatives. In the wake of the French Revolution the Artois Hound won even more favour among French hunters since it was quite unpretentious in maintenance and ideally suited for hunting small game.
During the XIX century they began to bring in France English breeds, which became much more preferred for the role of hunter’s companion than native hounds. As the result of such a trend the number as well as the quality of the Artois Hound experienced substantial decline. Imported English hounds were uncontrollably mated with the breed, which also greatly contributed into dilution of its purity. By the end of the XIX century there were few members of the breed that still preserved their original characteristics.
Since 80s of the XIX century several attempts were undertaken to restore the Chiens d’Artois to its initial form. Unfortunately they had been all futile due to various reasons, including two devastating World Wars. But in early 70s of the XX M. Audrechy displayed active interest to the fate of the Artois Hound. Thanks to his dedicated work and those of a Mademoiselle Pilat, the breed was not only rescued from complete disappearance, but also recovered all its original traits for which it was worshiped centuries ago.
In the modern world the Artois Hound serves as a gun dog as well as a companion dog but it surely prefers to combine these two roles. It received recognition of the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) in 1975 and was acknowledged by the United Kennel Club (UKC) in 2006.
The breed behaves politely in the presence of familiar people but shows standoffishness towards strangers. At the same time a well-brought-up specimen will never act aggressively without direct command of its master. The Artois Hound is a courageous and trustworthy dog, which can be really vocal if it detects something suspicious. That’s why it usually makes a reasonable watchdog. However, the breed is deprived of necessary ferociousness and intimidating appearance to become a good guard dog.
The Artois Hound likes to be in the constant presence of other canines as it was developed for pack hunting. But this breed is also noted for dominative nature, which is much more pronounced in male specimens than in the female. Proper caution should be kept when one introduces this breed into the household with other canine resident. With its powerful prey drive this dog is an infamous cat chaser and tends to occasionally bring its master «presents» of killed animals. It should always be kept leashed while being walked. It can co-exist with few issues with a home cat if the dog has been living in the same household with it since its puppyhood.
• ear infections;
• nail fungus or infections;
• canine hip dysplasia;
• elbow dysplasia;
• primary lens luxation;
• sensitivity to anaesthesia.
The ears of the Artois Hound are susceptible to infections and irritations and need regular cleaning to prevent them from development of these problems. It’s important to trim the dogs’ nails every two months as this breed is also prone to nail fungus and infections.
Aggressive approach or other ways of rough-housing won’t render desirable effect and will only nullify all efforts that you have put in to build up a trust-based relationship with this dog. Remember if the Artois Hound has learned to accept your superior position there is virtually no limit to what your pet can attain!
The Artois Hound can become a willing and hardy companion for a jogger or will equally appreciate an opportunity to run and play freely in a securely enclosed territory. The specimen, which is treated as a couch potato, will more probably express its frustration with life in destructive behaviour, hyper activity indoors and even in aggressive tendencies.