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Bleus de Gascogne
Within the FCI, the Bleus de Gascogne are in fact, four separate breeds essentially varying only in size.  The Griffon is pictured here.  Additionally there is also the Grande (larger than the Griffon), Petite (smooth dense coat) and Basset (smooth coated, smaller).  All possess the charm of a hound with a rough coat unusual to the American fancier used to seeing their scenthounds glad in smooth coats.
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General Information
Group(s): HoundsScent Hound Height: Griffon 19-22 inches, Grande over 22
Weight: Varies but proportionate Longevity: midteens
Colors: Black/white mottled or roaned to create a slate blue effect, the marking effect over the eyes is symmetric with a bright blaze across the skull and dark around the eyes and ears Coat type: smooth, dense for the Basset and Petite, the Griffon and Grande
Recognized Registries: FCI
Overall Appearance: Due to the variation in size and coat, it might seem that the Bleus de Gascogne would not be easy to recognize as least as per the specific variety but their charming 'hound' personality coupled with the unique dense, course and mottled coat tends to give them away every time. For the smoother coated varieties, their coloration and type is still distinctive to the fancier.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: moderate to high
General Nature: affable, genial, pleasant, happy. tolerant
  with Children: generally very good but proper supervision is required to verify that the dog is not abused
  with other pets: generally good but can be challenging with
  with dogs: generally excellent
Socialization requirements: moderate; socialization and basic manners
Ideal home characteristics: Understanding the general nature of a Scenthound and how they will tolerate bad treatment from others, tendency toward taking off
Temperament Notes: Very pleasant and genial dogs that are not prone to being pushy for attention.
Training requirement: moderate; basic manners is very helpful
Trainer notes: The Bleus de Gascogne can vary over their four varieties but in general they are easy to live with given the minimal amount of attention and training that all dogs require to be properly cared for. 
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: FCI early 1990s
Country of Origin: France
Original Function: Scenthounds
History: Possibly the ancestor of all known Scenthounds, the Bleus de Gascogne hearkens back to virtually all Scenthounds of the French region and thus virtually all known hound breeds.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: hip dysplasia, eye problems, bloat, heart problems
Health Testing: CERF, OFA
Questions to ask Breeder:  - The Breeder Questions as listed here provided with explanations and answers you will want to be looking for!

  • How long have you had Bleus de Gascogne?
  • Why do you have Beagles (show, performance, hunting, etc.)?
  • What do you consider to be the most important single characteristic of a Bleus de Gascogne?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What criteria do you set for your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a puppy from this litter?
  • How often do you have puppies?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • At what age do you sent your pups to their homes?
  • How would you describe the ideal Bleus de Gascogne?
  • How would you describe the ideal Bleus de Gascogne home?
  • Are your puppies whelped in your home?
  • What advice would you offer someone in raising and training a Bleus de Gascogne?
  • Web Sites: the rarity of the breed in the US no doubt contributes to its lack of rescue here.
    Other Resources
    Breed standard: Standard of the Grande Bleu de Gascogne Standard of the Basset Bleu de Gascogne as per the FCI Blue de Gascogne standard as per FCI Blue de Gascogne standard as per FCI

    Breeder Ethics: none seems to exist or be available online at present.
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