Chien d'Artois

Chien d'Artois Breed description: Character & Co

Chien d'Artois


Profile: Origin & Suitability of the Chien d'Artois

The Chien d' Artois, also known as the Artois Hound, is a dog breed that is deeply rooted in the rich history and culture of France. Its suitability as a hunting dog as well as its contribution to the development of other well-known breeds are just some of the remarkable aspects of this impressive breed.

Origin and history

  • Regional roots: The Chien d'Artois originates from the Artois region in the north of France, which explains its name.
  • Historical significance: The roots of this breed go back to the 16th century. At that time, the Chien d'Artois was considered a favorite of the French nobility, especially for hunting game.

  • Development and revival: Despite its initial popularity, the breed experienced a decline over time. It was not until the 20th century that it was revived and stabilized through targeted breeding programmes.


  • Hunting instinct: As an original hunting dog, the Chien d'Artois has excellent tracking abilities. It was bred specifically for hare hunting, but can also track other small game.
  • Family friend: Despite its hunting instincts, the Chien d'Artois has a friendly and even-tempered nature that makes it a wonderful family dog.

  • Activity needs: Owners should not forget that he needs plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. His active mind and body require regular exercise and activity.


The Chien d'Artois is not only a part of France's rich cultural heritage, but also a versatile and loving companion. Although its main ability lies in hunting, it has proven that it can also be a devoted family dog. With the right care and training, the Chien d'Artois is sure to win the heart of any dog lover.

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Alternate Name Artois Hound
Origin France
Life expectancy 12 - 14 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average to high
FCI group Scent hounds
AKC group not recognised
KC group not recognised

Character & nature of the Chien d'Artois

The Chien d'Artois, a classic French breed, has impressed over the centuries not only with its physical characteristics, but also with its unique temperament and nature. Let's take a look at the character traits of this fascinating breed.

Basic character traits

  • Loyalty: The Chien d'Artois has a deep loyalty to its family. It often shows a strong bond with its owner.
  • Energetic: Originally bred for hunting, he has high energy and stamina. It is recommended to provide him with daily activities and exercise.
  • Intelligence: This dog is very smart and capable of learning. It can be easily trained if the right methods are used.

Interaction & Social Behavior

  • Children: He is friendly with children and often shows a protective instinct.
  • Other animals: Although he has a hunting instinct, he can get along with other pets, especially if he has been socialized with them from an early age.
  • Strangers: He can be reserved or suspicious of strangers, making him a good guardian.

Special needs

  • Socialization: Early socialization is crucial to ensure that the Chien d'Artois is well adjusted and balanced.
  • Training: Consistency and patience are key. It is recommended to use positive reinforcement methods.


The Chien d'Artois is a remarkable dog with a diverse character and temperament. For the right family, it can be a loyal companion and protector. It is important to understand its needs and characteristics to ensure a harmonious relationship.

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Care & health of the Chien d'Artois

The Chien d'Artois is known for its robustness and vitality, but special care and knowledge of health requirements are essential to ensure its well-being.

Grooming requirements

  • Grooming: The coat of the Chien d'Artois is short and dense. It should be brushed regularly to remove loose hair and ventilate the skin. A weekly brushing is usually recommended.
  • Bathing: Bathing should only be done when necessary to avoid stripping the skin's natural oils.
  • Ears and eyes: These should be checked weekly for signs of infection or foreign bodies.
  • Nail care: Nails should be trimmed regularly to prevent ingrown nails.

Health aspects

  • Hip dysplasia: Like many larger dogs, the Chien d'Artois can be prone to hip dysplasia.
  • Ear infections: Due to its droopy ears, it can be prone to ear infections.
  • Allergies: Some dogs may be allergic to certain foods or environmental factors.

Breeding information

Breeding the Chien d'Artois should be done carefully and responsibly.

  • Health tests: Before breeding, both parents should be tested for known health problems typical of the breed.
  • Breeding recommendations: It is recommended that only healthy dogs with stable temperaments be used for breeding.
  • Puppy care: Newborn puppies should be raised in a warm and safe environment and socialization should begin early.


Proper care and knowledge of the health requirements of the Chien d'Artois is crucial for its long and healthy life. If all recommendations are followed, you can enjoy a vital and happy companion for many years.

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Often considered one of the most magnificent French breeds, the Chien d'Artois is characterized by its impressive appearance and elegant coat. Here are the characteristic physical features of this impressive dog.

Coat & Color

  • Coat type: The Chien d'Artois' coat is short and dense, which helps protect it against the harsh weather.
  • Colors: Its coat colors vary between dark fawn, hare color and wolf-colored fawn. White markings are often found on the chest, paws and the tip of the tail.

Physique & appearance

  • Facial expression: It has a serious and deep face, with a characteristic crease between the eyes.
  • Ears: Its drooping ears are of medium length, soft and close to the head.
  • Body: The build is stocky and strong, but not overly heavy, which gives it agility when hunting.

Size & Weight

SexHeight (cm)Weight (kg)


The appearance of the Chien d'Artois reflects its origins and original purpose as a hunting dog. With its robust appearance and elegant coat, this dog is not only known for its practical use, but also for its impressive looks. Anyone who owns a Chien d'Artois or intends to acquire one will certainly be impressed by its majestic appearance. It is important to groom his coat regularly to keep it in top condition.

Fur length short
Fur flat coated
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail lang
Anatomy strong
Size ♀ 53 - 58 cm
Weight ♀ 28 - 30 kg
Size ♂ 53 - 58 cm
Weight ♂ 28 - 30 kg
Suitable For -
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