Breed Type:  Hunting
Country of Origin: Basque region of Gascogne, France
Size:   Medium
Also known as: Blue Gascony Basset
Males: Height: 30 – 38 cm Weight: 16 – 20 kg
Females: Height: 28 – 36 cm Weight: 14 – 18 kg
Exercise Requirements:  Vigorous
Care Requirements:  Medium
Lifespan:  12 – 15 Years
Best Suited as:  Hunting Dog

Overview:
The breed Basset Bleu deu Gascogne, also goes by the name Blue Gascony Basset, has a long body built at the dog’s back and has shorter legs than other bassets. The breed developed originally in France in order to assist the nobility when hunting games or birds. They work solely as hunting dogs; however, some owners tried to enter their Basset Bleu deu Gascogne in dog shows. Fortunately for this breed, judges usually do not count scars, notches, and other scratches due to natural task of these dogs. They tend to hunt or be active; hence, people understand that they tend to encounter a few scratches here and there.

Appearance:
The coating of the Basset Bleu deu Gascogne is exceedingly short. The coat is most made up of dense hair. Remember that the coat of this breed is not delicate. Because of this characteristic, water and other liquids can easily pass through the dog’s coat. The coating of the Blue Gascony Basset dogs has a white background. On the contrary, the skin is covered with black spots that are visible underneath the white hair. These bluish spots created the trademark of the breed Basser Bleu deu Gascogne. A typical dog under this breed has colored marks over the head, the legs, and underneath the dog’s tail. Their eyes are usually dark brown in color, and their ears are low where it can already reach the end of their muzzle. A household-owned Basset Bleu de Gascogne is not free from scratches due to their natural hunting instincts.

Temperament:
People consider the Blue Gascony Basset as one of the gentler breeds. They are capable of staying in different environments without stressing out. They have the ability to be patient instead of being overwhelmed by negative emotions. Unlike other breeds, the Basset Bleu deu Gascogne dogs can establish a strong bond between them and their owners. It is difficult to transfer the ownership of this breed after reaching a certain maturity. In addition, they are too sensitive if left alone for vacations or family trips. The breed is extremely loving, loyal, and gentle to the point that the breed does not like to be separated from its owner.

History:
Experts claimed that the Basset Bleu deu Gascogne is just a recent breed. The breed developed from the Saint Hubert Hound which also originated in France. The Saint Hubert Hound was imported in France and crossed with handpicked breeds. The Blue Gascony Basset was a product of the Saint Hubert Hound and one of the breeds crossed with it. Most of the Basset Bleu deu Gascogne still inhabits France; however, people will be able to find some of its number in other countries. This is because of the fact that this breed is efficient when it comes to hunting. In addition, some owners are now trying experiment how this breed will perform if treated as a family companion.

Care and Grooming:
Owners find the Basset Bleu deu Gascogne as natural hunters. Because of their natural instinct, owners do not find them suitable for flat or apartment units. Rather, people like to place them in the open backyard such as farm and alike. It is not surprising to see that most owners of Blue Gascony Basset are hunters, farmers, or people with wide backyard. This breed is in need of daily exercise and activity that will stimulate both the dog’s mind and body. Running and walking are two usual activities that owners find suitable for this breed. Some owners would also recommend swimming as their daily activity. The ears of this breed are particularly vital for the dog’s health. Regular cleaning of the ears must be done monthly to maintain their hearing efficiency. Grooming is not a difficult chore but it must be practiced in a regular basis. The dense of their hair can easily repel liquid from penetrating the coat; however, dirt and dust can easily stick onto the hair easily. In other words, the shine of their hair will decrease over time. Regular brushing will prevent their hair from becoming dull.

Health: The Basset Bleu deu Gascogne did not inherit any health disorders from its ancestors. However, intensive care must still be observed because this breed is prone to bloating and gastric volvulus. Owners should also provide them a healthy diet to prevent obesity. Similar to other breeds, people must avoid feeding this breed too much in order to maintain their energy and efficiency.

Suitability as a Pet:
The Blue Gascony Basset is a suitable breed of dog for both urban and rural household. They are child–friendly and are capable of withstanding the playfulness of kids. The breed is not advisable to be kept in cold areas even if it is staying indoors. A Basset Bleu deu Gascogne dog loves to stay outdoors. The breed would also prefer to live in wide areas such as backyard and farm. The reason behind is that this breed is full of energy. They like to play outdoors rather than staying indoors. The breed is also an excellent companion for other pets because they can socialize naturally.

Training:
The breed Basset Bleu deu Gascogne is a fast-learner compared to other breeds. However, their natural hunting instinct is quite a challenge. Trainers must be highly consistent and firm when training these dogs because they are quite stubborn at times and easily distracted. In addition, harsh discipline must never be applied because it will block their interest in training. Positive reinforcement is the best approach for their training. Owners must invest for treats and snacks in order to train a Blue Gascony Basset efficiently.

Basset Bleu de Gascogne Organisations in Australia
No club information listed

Basset Bleu de Gascogne Organisations in the UK
Basset Bleu De Gascogne – Pet Owners Association

Basset Bleu de Gascogne Organisations in the US
Basset Bleu De Gascogne – The Kennel Club
Bluegrass Basset Rescue

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