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Basset Bleu De Gascogne (Imp)


Illustration of Basset Bleu De Gascogne (Imp)

France has many breeds of hounds, several of which have been imported to Britain. The Basset Bleu de Gascogne is the most recent of these.

Hounds from a particular part of France tend to come in several sizes, such as Basset (which means short legged), Petit and Grand. As his name suggests, the Basset Bleu de Gascogne comes from Gascony in southwest France. He is less well known than the Grand Bleu de Gascogne and was not recognised by the Kennel Club until the 1990s.

The black mottling on the white base colour produces the ‘blue’ colour. There are also usually solid black markings and always the tan spots above each eye that give the distinctive ‘four-eyed’ effect. Equally distinctive is the sonorous noise he makes.

He nearly became extinct in his native land in the early 1900s, but was recreated using some larger Bleu de Gascogne. He is an enthusiastic, if slow, hunter but, like most hounds, he should not expected to be very obedient, especially in the presence of interesting scents. A French enthusiast, wrote in 1911: ‘For the old huntsman riddled with gout or rheumatism preventing him hunting à courre, it is with a few couples of these little hounds he will discover his youth.’

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Small House
Minimum Garden Size
Over 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Hound Breed Group

Breeds originally used for hunting either by scent or by sight. The scent hounds include the Beagle and Bloodhound and the sight hounds such breeds as the Whippet and Greyhound. Many of them enjoy a significant amount of exercise and can be described as dignified, aloof but trustworthy companions.

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