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Basset Bleu de Gascogne

Short-legged hound from South West France, with blue mottled markings


BREED ORIGINS

The Basset Bleu de Gascogne is a very old breed directly descended from an even older breed. It’s history can be traced back to the 14th century where they originated in the region of Gascony in southwest France. They were developed by breeding down the Grand Bleu de Gascogne. The Grand Bleu de Gascogne was too large to hunt the smaller game that would escape into thick underbrush, so the Basset Bleu de Gascogne was created for the purpose of flushing out small game such as rabbits. In the 1890’s the Basset Bleu de Gascogne was almost extinct because of the sharp decline in hunting and the need for hunting dogs. There were very few to be found until Alain Bourbon began resurrecting the breed in the early 20th century. Bourbon did not fully document his breeding practices and therefore, nobody knows exactly how he was able to revive the breed. One theory is that he was able to breed a few of the original Basset Bleu de Gascognes with the Grand Bleu de Gascogne and the Basset Saintongeois. Another theory is that the Basset Bleu de Gascogne simply came from a mutation of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne and both breeds are the same, except for the size. The overall look of the Basset Bleu de Gascogne did change slightly in appearance and more closely resembled the stereotypical Basset Hound. 

Read more about the history of this breed – HERE

OTHER NAMES – Blue Gascony Basset,


LIVING WITH THIS BREED

The Basset Bleu de Gascogne is a laid back character in the home environment and would happily turn into a couch potato if they are allowed to. They are a great choice for people who lead more sedentary lives and who boast having a secure large back garden for their dogs to roam around in whenever they please. That said, they need to be given the right amount of exercise and mental stimulation to be truly happy, well-rounded dogs. They are also prone to putting on too much weight if they are not given enough exercise which can seriously impact their overall well being and health. They are loyal, affectionate hounds that form strong bonds with their families. They are also known to be rather placid which is one of the reasons they make such nice family pets. The Basset Bleu has a real affinity with children and enjoys being around them. They are intelligent, but like many other hound breeds, they do boast having a bit of a stubborn streak in them which can make training a little challenging. They generally get on well with other dogs, more especially if a puppy has been well socialised from a young enough age. 


BREED INFORMATION

This information is taken from kennel clubs and other reliable sources

COUNTRY OF ORIGINFrance
PURPOSE BRED FORHunting, Companion
OVERALL SIZEMedium
TEMPERAMENTAffectionate, Lively, Intelligent
EXERCISE NEEDED1 hour per day
HEIGHT – MALE34-38 cm / 13-15 in (to shoulder)
HEIGHT – FEMALE34-38 cm / 13-15 in (to shoulder)
COAT TYPEShort and Dense
GROOMING NEEDSWeekly
RARE BREEDYes
LIFE EXPECTANCY11-14 years

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Their coat is unusual and most think they are blue in colour, but in reality they are black with white in a mottled pattern, this gives the effect of being a slate blue colour.
  • Because their ears are so long, they tend to drag on the ground which can lead to dogs picking things up in them which would need to be removed as soon as possible.
  • They may be low to the ground, but these hounds are powerful which means they may accidentally knock a toddler or young child over if playtime gets a little too boisterous.
  • Like many other hound breeds, the Basset Bleu de Gascogne is a sensitive dog by nature and as such, they do not answer well to any sort of harsh correction or heavy handed training methods which would more than likely just bring out the stubborn streak in them.

LINKS TO KENNEL CLUBS

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PHOTO GALLERY

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VIDEOS

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WEBSITES ABOUT BASSET BLEU DE GASCOGNES

Here’s some websites specifically dedicated to this breed, please click to view them. I am not affiliated with any of these sites, they’re just here for further information. Please note I will not advertise breeders on this site and as many websites dedicated to a specific breed are run by breeders, sometimes there’s fewer sites listed here.

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