The Artois Hound is a direct descendant in small form of the Saint-Hubert. It is first mentioned in the Hundred Years War (fifteenth century) - King Henry VI of England made an entry into Paris accompanied by Artois Hounds in 1431.
It developed later in the century of the Renaissance to reach the proportions it has today. The standardization of the race is made during its incorporation to the royal packs in the first half of the seventeenth century. To distinguish it from the older breed called "big dog Artois", it is first called "lighter Artois", and finally "dog Artois" and “Artois Hound”
The modern era has provided little room for the current breed of dog that specializes in large pack hunting in favor of newer crossovers. The numbers of these dogs have declined dangerously in the early part of the twentieth century. The dog Artois seemed even disappearing after World War II. In the 1970s, the combined efforts of Mme Pilat and Mr Audrechy Buigny-lès-Gamaches have saved the race of extinction and now puppies for sale are available worldwide.
The Artois Hound is a medium sized dog with well measured and muscular body. The head is broad and strong. Attached to the height of the line of the eye, the wide ear is nearly flat which differentiates it from other French hounds. The rounded end reaches the beginning of the nose. The eyes are prominent, large, very open and dark brown. The hair is short, thick and quite flat. The beast is dark, pulling the hare or badger. The black form a coat or large spots. The head is usually fawn, sometimes with black.
Character and behavior
The Artois Hound is described in the FCI standard as a vigorous and hardy dog, balanced and affectionate. Very intelligent, this dog can get in Artois pack from the age of six months. It is considered obedient and of great kindness, although some subjects require too dominant firm education.
Training and education
As it is mostly used for hunting, the Artois should be trained as a real hound. It is preferable to raise your Artois puppy in a house with big garden or yard where the little one can run.
You must be the sports type - you have to spend time on walk and physical training with your dog.
The industrial food is perfect for the growth of the puppy and adult. The domestic supply requires extra vitamins and calcium.
The Artois Hound is a strong dog with no much of a health problems. However, you should check his eyes and ears because they may be irritated. Like all dogs with long, floppy ears, it is also subject to foreign body infiltrations.
The average life expectancy of the breed is around 12 years.
Grooming and care
The Artois is primarily a hunting dog used as a hound or as a pointer. It is a great companion of the hunter. The Artois is renowned for hare hunting, but can hunt deer, wild boar and rabbit. Running at medium speed but very tough, this dog has an excellent sense of smell and a beautiful high voice that carries far.
The Artois Hound can become an excellent companion dog, if he be allowed to exercise regularly in races or long walks.
Children and other pets
It is particularly kind to children when they are already grown up, but you should be careful cause this dog can be a little jealous or aggressive towards little children and toddlers.
Passionate hunter and very sociable with other dogs, it is not advisable to live in town. The Artois Hound is not born to stay attached on a a leash.
This race had its heyday in Bourbon, in the time of Henry IV and Louis XIII when it was very popular. Jean-Emmanuel Le Couteux Canteleu in its French Hound Manual (1890) speaks highly of the dog Artois, who was already seriously disappearing.