The Ariegeois is a breed of dog, specifically a French pack-hunting scenthound developed late in the last century. It is distinguished by its friendly nature with other hounds and affection for human companions.This breed originated in France in 1912, making it a fairly new breed. It is not yet well known outside of its own region. The breed is registered with the FCI. Ariegeois normally weigh 63-70 lbs and are 24 to 27 inches tall. Their coat is smooth and short. They are tricolor, black and white with tan points mainly at the head. The head of the dog is lean and elonganted. There are no wrinkles. The eyes are dark and gentle. The ears are very soft and medium-length. Muzzle is medium length as well, while the nose is black. The neck is slender and arched slightly, to the chest which is narrow and deep. The ribs are well-sprung with a strong, sloping back. They have straight legs in the front and strong, powerful hindlegs. Feet are hard and foxlike. Tail is slightly curved. Overall, the Ariegeois are talented scenthounds, and affectionate and serene in the home. The Ariegeois is now being bred in Italy and used to hunt wild boar, performing well in this endeavour under italian conditions.