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Grand Bleu de Gascogne

Large and impressive, the Grand Bleu de Gascogne has a long, noble head with pendulous ears, a muscular neck and powerful body. Somewhat like a bloodhound but lacking the excessive skin, this is an athletic scent hound built to go all day. Named for their size and distinctive blue colour, created by mottled black hairs on a white background.

  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys more than two hours of walking a day
  • Large dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • May need additional training to live with other pets
  • Great family dog
  • Needs a large garden
  • Best suited to countryside
  • Cannot be left alone

Key Facts

Lifespan: 10-12 years
Weight: 32-35kg
Height: 64-70cm for males, and 60-65cm for females 
Colours: Distinctive blue colour created by mottled black hairs on a white background.Tan markings should be found on the face, ears, legs and under the tail
Size: Medium
Kennel Club Groups: Hound

Ratings

Family-friendly: 5/5
Exercise needs: 5/5
Easy to train: 3/5
Tolerates being alone: 4/5
Likes other pets: 4/5
Energy level: 5/5
Grooming needs: 2/5
Shedding: 2/5
Grand Bleu De Gascogne running on the grass

Personality

Although large and athletic, the Grand Bleu is often described as lethargic. Their skill is in their persistence and ability in picking up a cold scent, rather than in speed. Described as aristocratic and noble, this is really a‘hound person’s hound’, happier in a group of hounds and preferring to spend a lot of time outdoors, they are not likely to suit the average pet home. Determination and perseverance are strong traits and you will have to work very hard to get a Grand Bleu to work for you.

Grand Bleu De Gascogne lying on the fallen tree

History and Origins

Country of Origin:France
 
Descended from the St Hubert Hound, a now extinct Bloodhound type, the Grand Bleu dates back to Medieval times. Used to hunt boar, wolf and bear in their native France, and later helped to recreate the Basset Bleu de Gascogne, a long, low version of the breed, this is still a working hound in France today.

Early French settlers took the Grand Bleu with them to the Americas, and it is thought to be the breed behind many of the American bloodhound types, particularly the American Coonhound.

Although occasionally brought to the UK in the 1800’s to add to existing hound packs or to use for crossbreeding, the breed was not seriously bred or registered with the Kennel Club until the mid 1980’s. Still only bred by a handful of UK breeders, this is a very rare hound in the show ring or pet home.

did you know?

Did You Know?

  • George Washington owned a pack of seven Grand Bleu de Gascogne, one of which gave birth to a litter of 15.
  • It is claimed that there are now more Grand Bleu in America than there are in France.

     

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