Gascony Blue Basset

region France
silhouette 17 kg approx.
cut 34 to 38 cm, small dog
hair  Short, semi-large, well supplied
dress Speckled (black and white) giving a slate blue sheen
head Slightly domed skull, slightly accentuated stop, wide nose
eyes Oval shape, sunken, brown
ear Drooping, long, fine and curled
tail Saber blade. At rest its end just reaches the ground
behaviour Refined, active, affectionate nose
federation FCI nomenclature group 6 section 1.3 no 35
The Basset Bleu de Gascogne is a breed of hunting dog originating in France. despite its name, it does not come from Gascony. Its origins are quite controversial. For some, it would be the result of a mutation of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne. For others it would come from the crossing between Bassets Saintongeois and Bleus de Gascogne. The breed was clearly identified towards the end of the 19th century and a first standard was written in 1919. After the Second World War, it became very rare, and became more common again after 1980.
Originally used for hunting, the Basset Bleu de Gascogne has a beautiful voice and a good sense of smell. Not very fast, it can however access different types of terrain, as long as it is not too steep. You can hunt with him alone or in a pack, because he tolerates his congeners very well. It is suitable for different types of game but its specialty is wild rabbit or hare. It is an easy dog ​​to train, affectionate, cheerful and curious. He can live in an apartment, but he will have to get used to it from an early age and allow him frequent outings. In addition, firm training is necessary, as not everyone will necessarily appreciate his voice.