The Basset Bleu de Gascogne gives an impression of heaviness when observing it.
However, It wants to be quite agile. The hunting dog par excellence, the Bleu de Gascogne has an essential flair.
It’s eager for large spaces to run and exercise. A perfect travel companion, It hates solitude and finds comfort in the presence of Its master by Its side.
Playful, gentle, calm, and attentive, It can sometimes use its loud voice (this can be disturbing).
It’s loyal, but also a little stubborn, hence a firm upbringing to be expected.
It gets along wonderfully with children.
Other names:Bleu de Gascogne
History of the breed
Bleu de Gascogne originates from France. It has a bluish appearance and comes from the Gascony region.
They were used for hunting wild boar, wolves, and also deer. Bleu de Gascogne is a cross of old French dogs, including the Saint-Hubert dog.
Originally from Gascony, it also comes from Béarn, a region in the south of France.
Its true origin is a mystery. Some claim that it is the result of the mix between Bleus de Gascogne and Bassets Saintongeois, others think that it is the consequence of a mutation of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne.
Nevertheless, the race was recognized in the early 20th century, with its standard first awarded in 1919. The race, having made a discreet com back in early 1980
- Its hair: short, quite thick (half-thick), and well supplied.
- Its color: black and white speckled, displaying a slate blue reflection, with or without black spots of varying sizes.
- Its head: marked with 2 black spots on each side, covering the ears, eyes, and cheeks. The skull appears slightly domed when viewed from the front, with a marked occipital protuberance. The forehead is full, the stop slightly accentuated. The nose is black and the nostrils are wide open, the lips drooping and the cheeks dry.
- Its ears: set below the line of the eye, narrow at their base, not very thick, in curls, ending in a point and going beyond the tip of the nose.
- Its eyes: oval, brown in color, displaying a soft, even melancholy look.
- Its body: the back is elongated, the nothing short and well attached, the croup slightly oblique, the chest well developed in length and descending below the elbow, and the flank tense.
- Its tail: strong at its attachment, carried like a saber blade, of good length (end just reaching the ground at rest).
Behavior With Others
Bleu de Gascogne is endearing, sweet, and particularly joyful.
Its bonhomie is very popular with families who decide to adopt one.
It blends in perfectly with the daily life of humans. It cannot do without them since It hates solitude. It will not hesitate to play with the children.
An excellent companion dog, It’s also very useful during hunting parties, where Its infallible flair will save you precious time.
In addition, it coexists without difficulty with congeners or other animals.
Due to Its intelligence, Its attachment to Its master, Its sensitivity, and Its docility, the Basset Bleu de Gascogne is a rather easy dog to train.
Slightly stubborn, the Bleu de Gascogne must know an education combining firmness and gentleness.
From an early age, It must learn the main rules of life, orders, and must be socialized as much as possible
Before being a companion dog, the Basset Bleu de Gascogne is above all a hunting dog, and more precisely a hunting dog.
that’s why it must be able to benefit from sufficient physical activity on a daily basis if we plan to offer It an urban lifestyle.
It is only on this condition, combined with early education and socialization, that It can adapt to life in the city and in apartments.
The ideal for It would be to be able to live in a house with a large fenced garden.
You should also know that its characteristic howling can be a source of annoyance for the neighborhood.
Health & Maintenance
The Basset Bleu de Gascogne is a dog with a robust constitution and overall good health.
Like the Basset Artésien-Normand, the Bleu de Gascogne is subject to diseases that affect its skeleton.
Thus, It can develop hip dysplasia or even spinal problems.
It may also experience hernias and bone deformities.
It should also be vaccinated against ticks, especially if It lives in the countryside.
Its ears should be watched because It is predisposed to ear infections.
The life expectancy of a Basset Bleu de Gascogne is, on average, between 11 years and 13 years.
The Basset Bleu de Gascogne is an easy to maintain dog. It is simply necessary to pay attention to offer It a balanced diet to avoid the risk of overweight and deficiencies. It should be brushed weekly to give it a silky, well-groomed coat.
It is recommended to brush the dog weekly to ensure the cleanliness and good health of Its coat and skin. Particular attention should be paid to its long, hanging ears, with regular cleanings to prevent infections.