Grand Bleu de Gascogne FCI Standard
During the Dark Ages hunting with hounds was a popular hobby among European affluent people. Hunts presented good opportunities to establish political and personal bonds as well as to make crucial decisions of the world importance. Hunting dogs was of the great value and the Bleu de Gascogne was among them. It was used for hunting on such large animals as deer. The dog was especially successful in killing wolves, which led to complete disappearance of this predator from the territory of France.
The Bleu de Gascogne acquired a lot following all around the world early in its history, in particular in the United States. The first dogs were brought to the French Colony of Louisiana in the second half of XVIII century. It is believed that a few dogs were presented to George Washington by General Lafayette at the end of this century.
Initially there was one type of the breed but some hunters wished that it could hunt smaller animals. The breeders intentionally opted for more miniature specimens and consequently created the smaller version of the Bleu de Gascogne, which is now known as the Petit Bleu de Gascogne. The Bleu de Gascogne has also made a significant contribution in development many other breeds and some of which are the American Foxhound, the Bluetick Coonhound and other Coonhounds breeds.
The dog behaves properly with strangers and is generally friendly with them. The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is very vocal and has a tendency to prolonged fits of barking so it may become a considerable nuisance in apartment settings. This habit will also make a secure watchdog out of this breed that will diligently protect the master’s property when he is out.
The dog had to cooperate with dozen of other dogs in a pack so it developed a great deal of tolerance towards other canine animals. The master of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne should be extra careful at the initial introduction of the dog to its congener since they can start a fight over the alpha status. The breed will become an excellent addition to the packs of hounds of an enthusiastic hunter.
The adoption of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne will be a bad decision if you already have other non-canine animal. This dog has hunting impulses deeply ingrained in it and its demonstration may purport the death sentence to your home cat. Naturally if the cat and the dog have been reared together your dog will most likely accept it as a part of the family but no one can guarantee that.
• canine hip dysplasia;
• elbow dysplasia;
• gastric torsion;
• eye problems;
• tooth decay;
• ear infections;
Naturally it’s quite possible to train it successfully but the handler should apply much more time and repetitions in order to get the result equal to other breeds. The dog excels in hunting and requires minimum or even zero training as hunting is its natural mission.
The Grand Bleu de Gascogne can be easily captured by the hunting instincts so you should keep it on the leash at all times while outdoors. If it gets bored its immense size designates that it will become truly destructive or will bark for hours on end. This dog fits ideally for the families who live in suburban houses with spacious, safely enclosed yard.