Grand Bleu de Gascogne

Grand Bleu de Gascogne

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The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is a breed of dog in the scenthound family, developed out of the Gascony province on the southwestern coast of France. The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is one of the larger French hounds, measuring up to 70cm and solidly built – up to 75lbs. It is speculated that the Grand Bleu de Gascogne was developed from racing hounds who arrived with Phoenician traders, although of course they would have been sighthounds and the Grand Bleu is a scenthound. 

Their scenting is highly developed and their single-mindedness when on a trail will make him deaf to outside interruptions. Originally he was used to hunt wolves but now his quarry is hare. Like the Bloodhound, he has a very powerful voice which cannot be ignored.

He is a gentle dog with a certain melancholy in his expression, as though he has a deep sorrow. He looks every inch an aristocrat and has an air of well-bred elegance. His coat is short and smooth, easily cared for and unusually patterned. The base colour is white, with black patches, the rest of the white is mottled with black. which lends the hound its blue appearance. 

There are two black marks on the head, covering each ear, surrounding the eye and stopping at the cheeks. Above each eye is a spot of tan, and the tan is also found on other parts of the body. Coat care is simple; a brush to remove dead coat and a rub with a chamois leather to bring up the shine; a little boiled linseed in the feed will enhance the black and tan and give a real gleam.

The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is an unusual and rather superior looking hound, he is not for everyone; he needs to be very securely fenced to stop him taking off after an interesting scent and when being exercised care must be taken to find an area well away from roads and livestock.

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