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American Blue Gascon Hound
The old Bluetick Coonhound which broke away from the general line in or around 1976 as the sport of coonhunting changed and demanded a racier dog for the new emphasis on speed.  As such, a heavier boned and exceptionally gifted Scenthound was needed and the American Blue Gascon Hound was the one chosen. 
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General Information
Group(s): HoundsScent Hound Height: 25-30 inches
Weight: 75-105 pounds Longevity: 12 approximately
Colors: Predominantly black and blue ticked. Coat type: Smooth
Recognized Registries: American Blue Gascon Hound Association
Overall Appearance: Powerful, racy and a scenthound through and through.
Personaility - Behavior - Training
Energy Level: Moderate to High.
General Nature: Affable but can be intense when working
  with Children: Generally good
  with other pets: Probably not entirely reliable with animals they may see as prey
  with dogs: Generally good
Socialization requirements: moderate
Ideal home characteristics: Spacious and fenced since the recall is likely never going to be reliable.
Temperament Notes: High octane Scenthound, so while still genial like most Scenthounds they are far too energetic for the average
Training requirement: Moderate, socialization, manners and some other endeavor for exercise and to burn excess energy.
Trainer notes: Not difficult to work with or train especially if you are working them toward the effort they were bred for.  Positive techniques will always get further as will ignoring old folks tales like keeping a hunting dog half starved so that he will hunt harder and that the dog must be beaten at least once in order to be obedient.
Background Information
Year range of first recognition: 1976
Country of Origin: USA
Original Function: Coonhound, Scenthound
History: Developed as coonhunting became a sport and a racier, faster dog would provide significant competitive advantage over the traditional breeds available.
Adoption Information
Deviations from Standard:
Health Notes: Hip Dysplasia, Eye Problems, Heart Problems, Ear Problems, Skin Issues, Hypothyroidism
Health Testing: OFA, CERF, Thyroid Panel
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 "Blue Dogs"?
  • Do your dogs live in your home with you or exclusively outside?
  • Do you live with them as companions or exclusively as working dogs?
  • What health issues have you seen in the breed?
  • What do you look for in your breeding stock?
  • Do you plan to keep a pup from this litter?
  • How often do you breed?
  • What health clearances do you get on your breeding stock?
  • What do you consider an ideal American Blue Gascon Hound?
  • Do you have a written contract and puppy guarantee?
  • What suggestions do you have for a home raising a Blue Gascon Hound puppy?
  • At what age do you send your pups to their homes?
  • What do you consider an ideal home for a Blue Gascon Hound?
Web Sites: Maine Coonhound Rescue coordinates Coonhound rescue, foster and placement all over the country Dixie Coonhound Rescue focuses on helping the dogs desperately needing help in the area of the country with the most need, the SouthEast.


Other Resources
Breed standard: as per the American Blue Gascon Hound Association

Breeder Ethics: While there is an organization for the purpose of furthering the interests of the breed, this association makes no mention of rescue or a code of ethics.  Clearly a serious oversight when making any assertion that their concern is in the best interests of the dogs.
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