Basset Bleu de Gascogne
Blue Gascony Basset
This dog with a somewhat peculiar physique and unique gait has excellent qualities both as hunting and companion dog. He is more and more used as a life companion, but his true nature remains that of a hunting dog. Even if he does not hunt, he can become an excellent companion as long as he can run and exercise as he pleases.
Quick Overview of the Basset Bleu de Gascogne
- Gentle, endearing and affectionate
- Always cheerful
- Very active
- Devoted to his master
- Speckled dress
- Very short full coat
- Brown eyes
- Long, curled ears
- Very robust
- Ears to monitor
Temperament of the Basset Bleu de Gascogne
Soft, endearing and affectionate, this very active hunting dog has a nice howler voice and a very fine nose. Appreciated for hunting, he is more and more used as companion dog. Always cheerful and affectionate, he loves to play with all members of the family. He is an excellent playmate for children.
Naturally sociable but sometimes slightly stubborn, his education must still be precocious in order to form his character and socialization. Very devoted to his master, he cohabits easily with both humans and other animals.
He is very happy alone or in a pack.
He is compatible with all age groups and is no danger to the very young because he loves them and their games.
Very typical and revealing his ancestors' great breed, the Basset Bleu de Gascogne is quite corpulent but never heavy. His particular silhouette is similar to other Bleus de Gascogne but it is clearly distinguished by his short legs, similar to all Bassets.
Between 34 and 38 cm (13.39 to 14.96 inches) for the male
Between 34 and 38 cm (13.39 to 14.96 inches) for the female
Between 15 and 17 kg (33.07 to 37.48 pounds) for the male
Between 16 and 18 kg (35.27 to 39.68 pounds) for the female
His dress is speckled in black and white giving it a nice blue slate reflection.
His full coat is half thick but very short.
His head has a slightly domed skull with a very light accentuation stop. His brown eyes are sunken and oval. His long, curled ears are thin and drooping.
His wide open nose is black. His long sabre blade tail can even reach the ground when it is at rest.
According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 6, section 1 and is #35
Characteristics of the Basset Bleu de Gascogne
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Despite his size, the Basset Bleu de Gascogne doesn't really enjoy city life, especially in an apartment. He can live indoors as well as outdoors, but he has to be taken out frequently as he needs a lot of space and exercise.
His pretty howling voice doesn't please everyone and sometimes apartment or city neighbours don't like him when he shows up. He can still live in an apartment, but some arrangements must be made to allow him to go out very often, avoiding any issue. He will be happy if he gets plenty of exercise.
Very easy to train despite his slightly stubborn character, education must be done very early in order to master his stubbornness and his particular howling.
Health of the Basset Bleu de Gascogne
Very robust, this hardy dog generally enjoys good health. His ears are to be watched and he can sometimes be more fragile in humid conditions. This hunting dog also requires a lot of exercise.
His long and big ears are obviously to be watched on a regular basis. In addition, he must be brushed regularly. The maintenance of the Basset Bleu de Gascogne is very easy and requires little time.
History of this breed
In spite of his very controversial origins, the Basset Bleu De Gascogne does not, despite his name, come from Gascony. Some say he is the result of a cross between some Bleus de Gascogne and Bassets Saintongeois, while others claim he comes from a mutation of another blue, the Grand Bleu de Gascogne.
Towards the end of the 19th century, the breed was officially recognized and it was in 1919 that he received his first standard. The Basset Bleu de Gascogne became much rarer after the Second World War, but after the eighties, he became a more common breed again. Some western buyers were particularly fond of him and thus allowed the breed to regain popularity.
Originally used as a hunting dog, specializing in hare or wild rabbit, he is increasingly used as a companion nowadays. Endowed with a very fine nose, he is also very appreciated as a search dog.