Origin, classification and history
F.C.I classification: Group 7 - standing dogs.
The origin of the Bracco dAriége (Braque de l'Ariège) is common to all the Bracchi of France, that is, it derives from the strain of the "Braque Francais type Gascogne". Its origins are lost over time. In some somatic traits, it is very reminiscent of the "Chiens blancs du Roi". In the past it was called "Bracco di Tolosa", but then it was renamed with its current name, since it comes from the Ariège region. In past centuries, this breed was much heavier and stronger than the current one. To lighten it, various pairing was carried out with the "Bacchi di San Germano". This breed is depicted in many famous works of the nineteenth and eighteenth centuries. Used both today and in past centuries, for hunting, it seeks and stops it.
Medium-sized dog, dolichomorphic dolichocephalus. Morphologically classified as a Braccoid type. It is considered by many important authors, a dog of noble breed and of great "cachet". It is a breed that stands out for its elegance. It has a solid construction. It is a well-proportioned dog as a whole and of fair relationships. It has a dry muscle, but hard and compact. It has a correct skeleton in relation to the size of the trunk.
It is considered by many, one of the best hunting breeds. He is very faithful and obedient to man. He feels in perfect symbiosis with his master, which allows him to carry out his duty in an exemplary way, during a hunting trip. It is a breed of great physical resistance, it adapts without problems to any climatic situation and to any area, soil or wild place. His sense of smell is sometimes surprising. It has all the qualities necessary to be considered an excellent standing breed. Also excellent as a breed to keep the family company.
Bracco dAriége (photo http://extremedogbreeds.blogspot.it)
Bracco dAriége (photo www.anipassion.com)
Height: varies from 60 cm to 67 cm.
Trunk: the chest is wide and deep, descended to the level of the elbow. The back is a little long and slightly convex. The kidney is also a little long, arched and well muscled, quite wide. The croup is slightly depressed. The hips are flat and fairly descended.
Head and muzzle: the skull is rather narrow than rounded, however quite broad, convex, the occipital protuberance well pronounced. The lips are thin, well descended, such as to give the muzzle an almost square appearance, however not pendulous. The nasal bridge is long and straight, it reconnects to the skull with a slightly inclined nose-frontal fall.
Truffle: pink or light brown. It must be wide open.
Teeth: white, complete in development and number.
Neck: long, elegant, yet strong enough. Presence of a slight dewlap.
Ears: very fine, long, curled up. They are attached above the eye line and back, detached from the head.
Eyes: caressing, wide open, frank and intelligent. They must not show the red conjunctiva and must not bear the hanging lower eyelid.
Limbs: straight forelegs, strong bones, elbows in perpendicular, metacarpals a little long, a little oblique. The arm is strong and muscular. The hindquarters have straight, well-descended, muscular thighs, excellent haunches and nervous hocks. They should not be too close together. The feet are sharp, called hare.
Pace: easy and loose.
Shoulder: straight, a little flat, wide.
Musculature: dry, but well developed in all parts of the animal's body.
Tail: with a little low, long and often strong attachment. Sometimes it is cut as in several standing breeds.
Skin: fairly fine, never thick.
Hair: fine, never thick and long.
Allowed colors: stained, never symmetrically, with orange, sometimes brown and some slight mottling on the undercoat. Some dogs only have these spots. However, it should not be too covered in stains.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, lack of premolars, non-standard sizes, coat colors not allowed, shy or aggressive character, round foot, flat thighs, deviated hocks, too thin lips, flat skull, atypical, too large skull, small eye, delicate neck , tight chest, straight rump, tail attached high, elbows out, monorchidism, cryptorchidism, incorrect movement.
curated by Vinattieri Federico - www.difossombrone.it