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The Basset Bleu de Gascogne originated in the Gascony region of France in the 14th century and is a descendant of the old breed Grand Bleu de Gascogne. This aristocratic-looking dog is not a common breed in the UK. It is prone to obesity so it needs regular exercise and its food should be measured. It only requires weekly brushing but it has to be bathed often to remove its strong doggy smell.
Are you interested in owning a Basset Bleu de Gascogne? Here is a brief background of this dog.
The details of how the Basset Bleu de Gascogne came about is unclear but records show that this breed was around as early as 14th century at the Gascony region of France. It is believed that it is a direct descendant of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne. There are various stories regarding its origin with some saying it was a natural mutation of the Grand, while others claim it is a cross between the Grand and the Saintongeois Basset. It was raised as a slow and steady type of hunting dog that followed horses and hounds that went after boars and wolves.
The Basset Bleu de Gascogne almost became extinct in the 19th century as hunting declined but was saved by a man called Alain Bourbon. Although it was recognised by The Kennel Club and is a common breed in France, it remains a rare breed in the UK. Those who wish to own this delightful and loyal companion hound would have to be on a waiting list since only a small number of puppies are bred and registered annually.
The Basset Bleu de Gascogne is an aristocratic-looking hound that weighs 35 to 40 pounds and stands 34 to 42 centimetres at the withers. It resembles its Basset Hound cousin in terms of its short legs and long back but the former is slightly taller and less bulky. It has a wedge-shaped head, slightly-domed skull and long, arched neck with excess skin forming a dewlap (although not as prominent as a Basset Hound’s). It has a long and broad nose with open nostrils that boasts of a great scenting ability. Its oval eyes have a gentle and sad expression.
The Basset Bleu has a short, hard-wearing coat that only requires weekly brushing. It has a strong doggy smelly because of its high oil production, which can be repulsive for some people, which is why it may need frequent bathing. You may need to ask your veterinarian how to control the odour by avoiding skin-dwelling yeast. According to KC standards, the accepted colour should be black marked on a white base, which is entirely covered with black mottling that gives a blue effect.
While it is important to take care of your dog’s coat, you also have to make sure you do not ignore its dental health. Brush its teeth regularly and provide appropriate chew bones/toys that can help remove plaque and dirt. Its thick nails need frequent trimming. Also ensure its skin isn’t irritated or infested with fleas.
The Basset Bleu de Gascogne is a loyal, affectionate and playful scenthound with an easy-going character. It gets along with everybody, builds a strong bond with its family and has a fondness for children, making it a valued family pet but a bad guard dog. Small animals are a different story because of its strong hunting instincts. It is better to avoid them completely.
It enjoys lounging around the house and because it is generally laid-back, it is a good choice for inactive people. In fact, it will thrive in an apartment given that it has a fenced backyard where it can roam around. That being said, it still needs physical and mental stimulation to be a well-rounded dog. It is intelligent and highly trainable but can be stubborn like a true-born hound. Praises and treats will help make trainings more manageable. Like most hounds, this breed has a musical voice that can annoy neighbours in urban areas especially when it is left for long periods.
Although each breed may have a certain pre-disposition when it comes to temperament and intelligence, you have to understand that each dog is unique. Genetics, environment, socialisation, and training contribute to its overall characteristics.
A typical serving for an adult Basset Bleu is 1.5 to 2.5 cups of excellent quality dry dog food per day. It is worth noting that the amount of food depends on its age, size, build, activity level, and metabolism.
Typical calorie needs of adult Basset Bleu de Gascognes per day:
The Basset Bleu is prone to obesity so make sure its food is measured and treats are lessened. Like most hounds, it needs animal protein (chicken, lamb, beef, and eggs) to support muscle development. Omega fatty acids will be beneficial for energy source and a healthy coat. For carb sources, avoid simple kinds used as fillers like wheat, corn and soybean.
The Basset Bleu de Gascogne is generally healthy but prone to certain diseases like Arthritis, Intervertebral Disc Disease, Gastric dilatation/Volvulus, and Otitis Externa. Do extensive research before buying a puppy since there are currently no UK-registered Basset Bleu breeders to avoid puppies with underlying health problems.
This breed may be a lazy dog inside the home and it may not be built for speed, it has high exercise needs and may exhibit destructive and noisy behaviour when not met. At least 40 minutes of exercise is needed per day.
Realistically speaking, owning dogs, whether purebred or mixed, can be expensive. Before purchasing or adopting one, make sure that you are financially ready to provide for its needs. Apart from feeding your Basset Bleu high quality food that roughly costs £40 monthly, you have to buy necessary equipment (beds, collars, leashes, bowls, toys, etc.), which can be around £200.
You also have to regularly take it to your trusted veterinarian for health checks and timely vaccinations, which can add up to £1,000 annually, excluding major operations or long-term treatments. You also have to factor in pet insurance costs, which depends on the type of coverage. Basic insurance coverage is £25, while a lifetime policy will cost you £50.
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