Grand Bleu De Gascogne

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Average Height: 65 - 72cm | 65 - 72cm
Average Weight: 36 - 54kg | 36 - 54kg
Average Life Expectancy: 12 - 14 Years

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The Grand Bleu de Gascogne, also known as the French Staghound, is an ancient breed that dates back to the Middle Ages. It is a hound dog with substance and power with a long hunting history in France. The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is a robust and impressive breed with a height of 60 to 70 centimetres and a weight of 80 to 110 pounds. This dog breed thrives in an environment where the family has a penchant for the outdoor life. It's a high energy working dog that requires rigorous exercise.

Are you up for an active hound dog like the Grand Bleu de Gascogne? Here is its complete information to help you decide if it's the dog for you.




book icon History

The Grand Bleu de Gascogne, which is also known as the French Staghound or Large Blue Gascony Hound, is one of the ancient hound breeds in France that dates back to the Middle Ages. It is also considered the foundation of today's hound dogs. Records suggest that the Grand Bleu de Gascogne is a cross between local scent hounds and the dogs that Phoenician traders brought to France. It is also believed that the dog breed's ancestry includes that of the St. Huber Hound, evident with its long folded ears, serious expression and voice.

Grand Bleu de Gascogne dogs were bred as a trail hound to hunt large games such as wolf, bear, deer and board. In the 16th century, a pack of this dog breed was owned by the King of France, Henry IV. In the coming years, the Grand Bleu de Gascogne breed declined in numbers when hunting large games also declined as a popular sport.

January 1991 marked the recognition of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne by the United Kennel Club. Today, the dog breed remains rare despite fanciers around the world.




comb icon Appearance and Grooming

The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is considered by many fanciers as the gold standard when it comes to breeding French hounds. It has the typical appearance of a large French hound and is the largest of the scenthound breeds, weighing 80 to 110 pounds and standing 60 to 70 centimetres. Its head is strong and elongated with one or two wrinkles. It also has a long snout and nose with scent receptors that make it an excellent scenthound. Ears are droopy and set low on the head while eyes are dark and chestnut coloured. In general, the Grand Bleu de Gascogne has a sombre but sweet and trusting expression. As a muscular breed, this dog is indeed a hunter through and through.

The Grand Bleu de Gascogne wears a distinct and striking coat that is mottled with black and white colour that gives it the appearance of slate blue fur with or without black patches. Its coat is short and weather-resistant and as such is low maintenance when it comes to grooming. All it takes is a weekly brushing and wipe of a chamois leather to remove dead and loose hair and keep its nice glossy sheen. Since the Grand Bleu de Gascogne has droopy ears that are prone to infection, make sure that it is regularly cleaned with a cotton ball moist with a vet-approved solution. In addition, trim its nails to prevent overgrowth, which is painful, and brush its teeth at least twice a week to avoid dental and gum problems.




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The Grand Bleu de Gascogne, which is also known as the French Staghound or Large Blue Gascony Hound, is one of the ancient hound breeds in France that dates back to the Middle Ages. It is also considered the foundation of today's hound dogs. Records suggest that the Grand Bleu de Gascogne is a cross between local scent hounds and the dogs that Phoenician traders brought to France. It is also believed that the dog breed's ancestry includes that of the St. Huber Hound, evident with its long folded ears, serious expression and voice.

Grand Bleu de Gascogne dogs were bred as a trail hound to hunt large games such as wolf, bear, deer and board. In the 16th century, a pack of this dog breed was owned by the King of France, Henry IV. In the coming years, the Grand Bleu de Gascogne breed declined in numbers when hunting large games also declined as a popular sport.

January 1991 marked the recognition of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne by the United Kennel Club. Today, the dog breed remains rare despite fanciers around the world.




bulb icon Temperament and Intelligence

The disposition and character of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne can be summed up in two words: gentle and kind. Don't let its aristocratic appearance fool you since beneath its noble demeanour is a mellow and sociable dog. It forms strong ties with the family and likes nothing more than to be accepted and treated as a member of the household. With that said, this dog is extremely loyal and devoted, which makes for an excellent watchdog. It is not an ideal choice for inexperienced dog owners because it needs someone who is familiar with handling an active and intelligent hound dog.

This French scenthound thrives in an environment where the family is a great outdoor enthusiast or at least is committed to spending a few hours outside with a high energy dog like the Grand Bleu de Gascogne. Thus, it is not for families who lead sedentary lives.

The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is patient and gets on well with children. However, due to its size care must be taken and supervision required to make sure that playtime will not lead to unintentional injuries. Its peaceable nature makes it coexist with other dogs, not to mention it was bred to work in packs for centuries. Still, proper socialisation while young is important to make sure they become well-adjusted dogs. Any feline animals are okay as long as they were raised with the Grand Bleu de Gascogne, but care should be taken around smaller animals outside.




food icon Nutrition and Feeding

A typical serving for an adult Grand Bleu de Gascogne is 4.5 to 6 cups of premium quality dry dog food per day. Although it is safe to assume that a giant dog like the Grand Bleu will require higher nutrition and more food, it is best to consult with a veterinarian or a canine nutritionist to be sure.

Typical calorie needs of adult Grand Bleu de Gascogne per day, weighing 95 pounds:

  • Senior and less active: up to 1,890 calories daily
  • Typical adults: up to 2,120 calories daily
  • Physically active/working dogs: up to 2,360 calories daily

Like most dogs, the Grand Bleu de Gascogne needs a diet that is high in animal protein (chicken, lamb, beef, and eggs) for muscle development. Make sure to avoid carb sources such as wheat, corn, soybeans and other natural fillers as they add no nutritional value to the table.




stethoscope icon Health and Exercise

The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is a lucky breed, not only because it can live up to 12 years but because it has a high probability to live longer since it has no known hereditary disorders. However, this does not mean the dog breed is not susceptible to acquired health problems such as Bloat or Gastric Torsion. Therefore, make sure you follow the strict feeding schedule and regularly visit a veterinarian to keep your dog healthy.

With a tremendous amount of stamina, the Grand Bleu de Gascogne will require a high level of exercises compared to most breeds. Care should also be taken when it is allowed off-leash since it will happily follow a scent anywhere, as such make sure that they are well within the confines of a securely fenced back garden.




pound icon Cost of Ownership

Here are a few things you should know if you decide to own a Grand Bleu de Gascogne: one, you have to be on a waitlist, and two, it won't be cheap. This dog breed is rare up to this day, with only a few litters of puppies bred and registered per year. On top of that, you will have to pay no less than £500 for a well-bred puppy.

The journey to dog ownership does not stop there. While waiting, you might as well start searching for pet insurance that you can afford and is suitable for the breed. Pet insurance will cost around £75 to £140 a month, not cheap at all. In addition, routine health checks with a veterinarian, including the cost to vaccinate and neuter will quickly add up to at least £1,200 a year. Food cost, which is very important, will set you back around £40 to £50 a month for a large breed such as the Grand Bleu de Gascogne.




Is a Grand Bleu De Gascogne Right for You?

The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is an old scenthound dating back to the middle ages.

  • It is a gentle, kind, loyal and devoted dog breed, which is also an excellent watchdog.
  • It is bred to work in packs and such will get along well with other dogs.
  • Its coat is short and weather-resistant, which makes grooming less of a hassle.
  • Being a scenthound, its exercise need is quite high,.
  • It is ideal for a family who engages in outdoor activities and has experience in handling large active breeds.
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