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Basset Bleu de Gascogne

Basset Bleu de Gascogne

The Basset Bleu is a noble-looking hound, with the typical basset long body and short legs. Powerful and athletic – he is not a heavy, cumbersome dog. Medium-sized, he stands 30-38cm tall when fully grown and weighs approximately 16-20lb. The most striking feature is the coat colour – black on a white background, covered with black mottling to produce the blue appearance. Typical hound markings, in tan, are also a feature (see the breed standard for details).

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Extra training required
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys walking one to two hours a day
  • Medium dog
  • Minimum drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Not a guard dog
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • Great family dog
Basset Bleu De Gascogne in the field

Personality

The Basset Bleu de Gascogne is affectionate towards his family and friends, but a little reserved with others. He should be 'sagacious' and 'audacious' – words rarely found in canine breed standards, suggesting this dog really is one of a kind! Like all scenthounds, the Basset Bleu is never happier than when he has his nose to the ground, following the trail of an interesting smell.

Basset Bleu De Gascogne standing in the field

History and Origins

France is the original home of many hounds, and, as his name suggests, this also includes the Basset Bleu de Gascogne dog breed, a dog that hails from Gascogny in the south-west of France. Blue hounds from this region are mentioned as early as the 12th century and were said to have helped hunt out wild boar and wolves as well as deer. The breed nearly died out at the start of the 20th century, but the longer-legged Bleu de Gascogne was used in breeding programmes to bring the Basset Bleu back from the brink of extinction.

Dog with red collar looking out the window
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