The Big Blue
Original Name : Griffon Bleu de Gascogne
Type : Braccoid
Male size : 19 ¾-22½ inches
Female size : 19-21½ inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : France
Griffon Bleu de Gascognes are fine-nosed, well-voiced dogs that show great diligence on the hunt, as well as keenness and enterprise. They are alert, perhaps even almost on edge, but nevertheless affectionate.
Viewed from the front, slightly domed and not too broad. Viewed from above, the back of the skull is pointed.
Well supported, short back, muscular, slightly arched loins, very slightly sloping croup, well developed chest.
Entirely mottled (black and white), producing a slate blue effect, with or without more or less widespread black patches.
Supple, curved without excess and not pointed, reaching the start of the nose without going beyond its tip.
Fairly hairy, reaching to the hock, well set, must be carried cheerfully in saber-shape.
Hard, rough, shaggy.
Griffon Bleu de Gascognes have Pyrenean origins going way back. The breed was created by crossing a medium-sized Bleu de Gascogne with a Griffon. After almost disappearing from official dog fancy, the breed is currently making a comeback. These hardy, sturdily built Griffons are very much the midpoint between the two breeds used to create them.