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Grand Bleu de Gascogne, from France, from the name you can guess, and exponent of the large group of "hounds and dogs for blood trail". It is a dog that is not very widespread today but that in the past had also very well-known fans and admirers. Many important historical figures, such as Henry IV, king of France, who had it in his wetsuits.
Grand Bleu de Gascogne: characteristics
In some ways the Grand Bleu de Gascogne looks like "Bloodhound", For example for the highly developed sense of smell it shows, but not only. The specimens with mantle black and tan, which officially shouldn't be there, in fact they are not allowed by the breed standard, sometimes they sprout in litters and this is a Bloodhound joke.
In general ours Grand Bleu de Gascogne it is medium to large in size and boasts a coat and expression that make it unmistakable. It certainly has an air noble and very French. "Chic", supported by the blue color of the blue coat which is the result of a rich mixture of black and white hair present all over the body. The background is then dotted with small spots that appear on the trunk, visible only from up close, however, and from area to area in a different way. Another peculiar feature of this breed is thegait.
Grand Bleu de Gascogne: character
Although we are dealing with a breed bred and even before that created to hunt, we cannot define it as cold or wild in character. The nature of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne she is docile, calm and affectionate. At work he is a serious and courageous dog but in his free moments he shows himself lazy, very balanced and never aggressive. If it comes to facing other animals, of course, he knows how to assert himself, but with people never and then it never becomes violent.
In the past this breed had been selected for hunting the wolf and the great wild animals, but it turned out to be very effective with the hare and the boar, an animal that later became his enemy by definition. The few specimens we find in Italy, of Grand Bleu de Gascogne, they are used precisely to hunt wild boar.
Grand Bleu de Gascogne: farms
Today in our country it is very difficult to find a specific breeding for this breed, the official website of ENCI it does not report and online there are none, this does not exclude that some multi - breed realities keep litters. In France it is certainly more plausible to find dedicated farms being his homeland.
The Grand Bleu de Gascogne translated is the French Gascony Hound, comes from this region, located in the South-West of France and has a very ancient history behind it. His ancestors are the "Dogs of Sant’Uberto ", animals arrived in France together with Gaston Phoebus who was returning from a military expedition in the Ardennes and did not want to show up alone at the gates of the County of Béarn.
Already at the time the black-tan and also white coat appeared, this characteristic remains even when the ancestors of Grand Bleu de Gascogne they are crossed with local Hounds. Over time, the breed has been increasingly refined and strengthened, acquiring identity and autonomy. And a beauty that deserves more than a fleeting glance.
Grand Bleu de Gascogne: puppies
The puppies of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne they are not very small, which is obvious since as adults the males reach heights at the withers ranging from 65 to 72 cm. Females stop at 68 cm, which is already not bad. The average weight is 35 kg, which suggests that the build of this dog is quite long-limbed, muscular and powerful but never squat. The thorax is very developed, the flat stomach and the head as well as the muzzle have an elongated shape with drooping lips - without exaggerating - and black nose, obviously well developed.
The ears are almost funny, they seem curled up and are thin and set very low, the eyes, a little sunken, show heavy eyelids. Moving on to the tail, it is rather large and long, often carried like a sickle. The hair, already described in its beautiful shades all of Grand Bleu de Gascogne, it is quite thick to the touch, not very short and thick.
Petit Bleu de Gascogne
Impossible to talk about the Grand Bleu de Gascogne without at least making a sign of courtesy and acquaintance to the Petit. They have very similar characteristics although obviously with their individualities. Furthermore, the different dimensions also make the "human" approach different. The "Petit" is also adaptable at home, our Grand Bleu de Gascogne preferably with a garden. But I speak better of the "Petit" in the dedicated article: "Petit Bleu de Gascogne: characteristics and breeding ”.
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