The Basset Bleu de Gascogne is a Basset hound with short and stubby legs and a long back. These breed was used in France for hunting during as early as the 14th century and has been mainly used today as a friendly cohort.
Origin of The Basset Bleu De Gascogne Dog Breed
These dogs are descendants of the much larger Grand Bleu de Gascogne. It is said that it was created with selective breeding in mind so they could have much shorter legs stunted their running ability when it came to tracking and hunting prey down along with their master. There are paintings of this dog in the 1300’s, suggesting that it was bred to be around much earlier than historians think. In the early 18th century they were used for noble purposes, trotting up against a powerful king or duke as they rode their horse for a great fox hunt.
Appearance of The Basset Bleu De Gascogne
These short hounds can weigh up to forty pounds and their coat is just what their name suggests, its bluish with specks all along their back. Their ears are big and floppy usually dark blue to black in color along with the fur around their large eyes. Their muzzles are somewhat long and typically white in color, matching a perfectly white broad chest. Their legs are stumpy and their tails are long and slim.
Temperament of The Basset Bleu De Gascogne
These lively dogs work well in a pack when hunting. They are social with all types of dogs and are quite easy to get along well with. When kept at home they are proven to be affectionate to their families and enjoy playing with young children and even other small animals if they were raised with them. The Basset Blue is almost always in a cheerful mood.
Grooming and Health for the Basset Bleu De Gascogne
Since their coat is short they only need to be groomed about once a week with a warm bath every month. Due to their back being so lengthened, they can get back disk problems as they age and they need medication to calm this down. Most Basset Blues will get any sort of back ache as they reach their senior years so being prepared beforehand is essential. They can live to twelve to fourteen years when kept in good health.
Basset Bleu de Gascogne are a lively and alert breed that is perfect for hunting as well as being kept in the family home. They are truly remarkable little critters with big hearts and enjoy the warm company of other dogs and human beings.
The Petit Bleu De Gascogne Dog Breed
The Petit Bleu de Gascogne is the more well known breed of its relative, the Grand Blue. Both these dogs have been used as hunting types all across France, mainly northern. They are used in packs and kept in order to track and sniff out prey such as game, deer, and rabbits.
Origin of the Petit Bleu De Gascogne
The Petit Blue has an origin with a very old type of hunting dog used in France during the BC era. This large dog helped hunters seek out food and had a long double coat to keep up with the harsh climates of the period. These one ancient breed has ties to the St. Hubert hound, a dog that originates from the 14th century in France. The Petit Bleu is a direct descendant of this dog.
Appearance of the Petit Bleu De Gascogne
This hound is not very small, but it has a medium stature and weighs about forty to fifty pounds. It has an incredibly agile body, long, smooth and thin with finely traced muscles. Their muzzles are long but proportional to their square heads. Their ears are long and droopy, a trademark of the hound and their eyes are somewhat tired but make no mistake, they are fully alert. They usually appear in the colors of a spotted grey and blue with a white underbelly. They may also have a black head and a spotted blue back.
Temperament of the Petit Bleu De Gascogne
Petit Bleus are a hunters best friend, especially when in a pack of other hounds. They get along with other dogs so well that it doesn’t even mater what breed they are next to, they work as a team to track down game. These dogs most definitely are much more suited as a pack dog used for hunting rather than a family dog. Although they can, it is difficult to get their tracking instincts away from them and they are quite stubborn.
Grooming and Health
Since their coat is short yet dense, a good brushing a week will satisfy this dog. Bathing time is not a problem or issue, and they should be bathed once a month or even less if they are regularly outside. Living for twelve years, they do not have any common health problems to their breed, they just need a daily dose of vigorous walks and a healthy diet to stop them from gaining weight.
Petit Bleus are a breed that would much rather work together in a group of dogs than be a normal house pet, but this is what makes them so good at what they do.