The Basset Bleu De Gascogne
The Basset Bleu De GascogneFrance 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.’
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Basset Bleu De Gascogne Breed Standard
A Breed Standard is the guideline which describes the ideal characteristics, temperament and appearance of a breed and ensures that the breed is fit for function.
Visit the Kennel Club website for the Breed Standard of the Basset Bleu De Gascogne – Basset Bleu De Gascogne Breed Standard
Basset Bleu De Gascogne Clubs in the West Country
There are currently no Breed Clubs