Bleus de Gascogne

The Bleus de Gascogne is a Scenthound of ancient times originating in France. It most closely resembles to ancient hound dogs in appearance and size. Descendants of very large old hunting dogs, the Bleus de Gascogne is an important breed in the ancestry of many other hounds. The height and weight of the Bleus de Gascogne is between 21 to 27 inches and 40-50 pounds respectively. This imposing hound dog has strong and elongated head with one or two wrinkles. The skull is narrow and slightly convex. It has strong and long muzzle with well developed black nose. Deep expressive eyes are dark chestnut brown colored. The long ears are drop and attached very low on the skull. Strong neck is slightly arched with a well developed dewlap. Forelegs are muscled and well boned while upper thighs in hind legs are long and strong. The back is long but firm and loin is short and broad. The chest is long and broad. The long tail is thick and carried in saber fashion. The dog has short, thick and very dense coat which is entirely mottled black and white which gives slate blue effect.

This dog has been used for centuries for hunting in packs. Its main quarry was wolf but now it is used to hunt wild boar, deer, fox and hare.

This dog is NOT recognized by AKC but it is recognized by FCI, UKC and DRA.

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