Petit Bleu de Gascogne

Petit Bleu de Gascogne

Origin

This is the smaller brother of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne, a hound of ancient type. It has bloodhound blood in its veins

Description

It is a medium-large size dog, not a small dog, standing 52 to 58 cm (20.5 to 23 ins) at the withers, with females slightly smaller.

The colour of the coat is the same as the Grand Bleu de Gascogne, white mottled with black, giving a slate blue overall appearance. There are black patches on either side of the head, with a white area on top of the head which has in it a small black oval. Tan “eyebrow” marks are over each eye give a ‘quatreoeuillé’ (four-eyed) effect. Faults are deviations in appearance that have an effect on the health and working ability of the dog, as well as an absence of expected features of colour, structure, and size, indicating that a dog with such faults should not be bred. Faults include aggression or fearfulness, anatomical malformation, and lack of type.

The Petite Bleu de Gascogne is noted for working well in a pack and being calm and easy to handle.

Personality

Proud, audacious, tenacioius in its work; sweet and affectionate with its master

Uses

Highly adept at finding and flushing wild rabbits. Going hunting with a Petit Bleu de Gascogne means never coming home with an empty game bag. Besides having an excellent sense of smell, this dog is prized by hunters for the ease with which it can be transported.

History

The Grand Bleu de Gascogne’s ancestors were contemporary with the St.Hubert Hounds, dogs that were hunted in packs by the 14th century Comte de Foix on wolves, bears and boars. The slightly smaller Petit Bleu de Gascogne used on small game may have existed along with the boar hunting dog for centuries.

“Petite” does not necessarily refer to the size of the dogs, but refers to the French expression for hounds used for smaller game

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