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Grand Bleu De Gascogne Breed Summary
Friendly, Out-going, Energetic, Playful and Calm
These dogs are hounds native to France, first bred in the Gascony Region. As such, they have only recently been introduced to the UK and are still fairly rare across the rest of the globe.
However, they are extremely loving and affectionate dogs and for this reason make lovely family pets! Unfortunately, their rarity does mean that if you want to share your home with one, you will probably have to be put onto a waiting list.
Fun Fact: They have huge stamina and can play for hours on end!
|Kennel Club Group||Hound|
|Lifespan||12 - 14 Years|
|Height (at the withers)||Males and Females 58cm - 71cm|
|Weight||Males and Females 36kg - 54kg|
|Coat||Coat is Short and Dense|
|Colour||Black and White|
|Eye colour||Dark Brown|
|Common health issues||Ear problems, Bloat|
These little guys are well-known for their friendly and outgoing personalities. The rarely will ever act aggressively towards anyone! During the day they can often be found sniffing out prey with their hunter owners but afterwards are more than happy to take a nap and chill out on the sofa! For this reason, they make excellent family dogs for those who enjoy hunting – and especially enjoy his ability to bark a lot! For this reason, they wouldn't suit apartment living or houses close by to neighbours. They do however normally get on with other animals, such as cats and dogs and also get on very well with children as well! Other than this, the Basset Bleu's have fairly different personalities; many will enjoy playing and running around whilst others will prefer to nap on your lap.
These dogs are thought to date back to the 14th century in Gascony, a region in South-West France. They were bred down from the larger sized Grand Bleu de Gascogne and originally used to hunt small furry mammals, namely rabbits due to their fantastic noses! The breed nearly suffered a complete extinction in the 1890s and it is only because of a man named Alain Bourbon that they still exist today. In the early 20th century, he bred a few of the remaining dogs with other Bassets to instil a new era of the breed! These dogs, although fairly well-known in France are essentially unknown elsewhere, with only a handful of people breeding them out of their native country. They are one of several breeds of Basset, of which the name refers to their short build.