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Basset Bleu de Gascogne

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Basset Bleu de Gascogne

The Basset Bleu de Gascogne is a large breed; however, they are lighter than they appear. They have a strong head with a well-developed proportional muzzle. They have large dark eyes and long soft cone-shaped ears. The teeth should be level or in a scissor-like bite. The neck is long and has a slight dewlap. The chest is round with a visible sternum. The straight firm back is double the height of the dog. The legs are short and stocky with slightly bent strong hocks. The tail is tapered at the end.

Temperament Basset Bleu de Gascognes have an even and friendly temperament; however, some lines may be outgoing, while others reserved. They are extremely attentive although they may be aloof towards strangers. Gascogne's tend to wander if not placed in a secured, preferably fenced area. They have a keen sense of smell and have excellent hunting abilities.
Height, Weight Height: 12-15" ; Weight: 35-45 lbs.
Health Problems The Basset Bleu is prone to disk disease due to its long back.
Living Conditions The Basset Bleu is good for apartment living. They are fairly active indoors and a small yard will do.
Exercise This breed needs daily long walks, but remember that they will take off after an interesting scent.
Life Expectancy About 10-12 years
Grooming The coat is easy to groom. Brush with a rubber brush to remove dead hairs. Bathe only when necessary. Check ears often and keep toenails clipped.
Origin Basset Bleu de Gascognes originated in the Basque region of Gascogne, France. This breed is a cross between the Grand Bleu de Gascognes and the Saintongeois Basset. Before the French Revolution, the hunting style was mounted hunters following packs of large, fast hounds. After the French Revolution, ordinary citizens were permitted to participate in the hunts. They would hunt on foot, hence the need for a shorter leg scent-hound. The popularity of pack hunting decreased which caused the breed to become virtually extinct. A breeder by the name of Alain Bourbon has played an iatrical part in the survival of this breed. Although, major efforts are being made to increase the existence of this breed, they are rarely seen outside of France. The Basset Bleu de Gascogne was recognized by the United Kennel Club in January 1991.
Group Scenthound