Original Name : Grand Bleu de Gascogne
Type : Braccoid
Male size : 25½-28½ inches
Female size : 24½-26¾ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : France
Used for hunting with a gun and sometimes for coursing big game, Grand Bleu de Gascognes are also sometimes used to hunt hares. They generally hunt in packs, for which they have a highly developed instinct, although these industrious dogs can work alone as a tracking hound. They have a very fine nose and a resonant voice. Calm, they have no problem following commands.
Viewed from the front, lightly domed and not too broad, with pronounced occipital protuberance. Viewed from above, the back of the skull is pointed.
Rather long but well sustained back, well coupled loins, slightly sloping croup.
Entirely mottled (black and white), producing a slate blue effect, with or without more or less widespread black patches.
Characteristic of a “blue dog”, fine, curved, ending in a point, extending beyond the end of the nose.
Rather thick, sometimes bushy, reaching the hock, strong base and carried saber-shaped.
Short, fairly thick, very dense.
A contemporary of the Bloodhound, this very old breed of dogs were used in packs to hunt wolves, bears and wild boars in the 14th century by the Count of Foix. Bleu de Gascognes are found over much of south and southeast France, especially Gascogny, from which they take their name.