Origin, classification and history
F.C.I classification: Group 6 - hounds and dogs by blood trail.
We know enough about the origins of this breed. It comes from the same breed from which the "Blue Basset" also derives, that is from the "Grand Bleu de Gascogne". It is supposed that it was created as a result of crossings made with "griffons". This breed in fact has the colors and retains the behavior of the breed from which it derives. It does not have the cloak of the consistency of the other "griffons". It was highly appreciated in the first half of the twentieth century, especially in the south-west of France. Today it is quite rare.
Dog below the medium size. Rustic looking griffon, firm and low on the limbs, with a decidedly French appearance. It constitutes the fusion between the two types from which it derives. This Hound has a head with a slightly accentuated occiput and a little marked stop. Slightly convex skull, very wide and oval in shape, while the muzzle is less wide than in the "Grand bleu de Gascogne".
Its specialty is undoubtedly the hare hunting, where it amazes for its speed. He is very bold and proud. One of the peculiarity of the breed is a great voice with which it signals the prey to the hunter and indicates the track and the path of the wild. Very intelligent breed and well trainable for hunting.
Griffon Bleu de Gascogne (photo Alephalpha)
Griffon Bleu de Gascogne (photo www.chiens-online.com)
Height: from 43 to 52 cm at the withers.
Trunk: chest well developed and descended, which reaches the level of the elbow. Rounded ribs without exaggeration. Elongated and well-supported back. Muscular kidney, very sustained. Belly full and well-descended. Short rump, which gives the appearance of a well-stocked little dog.
Head and muzzle: slightly marked occipital crest; little marked stop. Snout straight, or sometimes slightly sheepish, is less elongated than in the "Gascone with short hair". Lips not very developed, but nevertheless they have descended sufficiently to not make the muzzle pointed. Slightly rounded skull and not too large, ogival shape.
Neck: rather thin, however with a little dewlap.
Ears: attached low, that is, at eye level, of the right length, slightly covered with hair.
Eyes: very expressive and lively, golden brown in color; tight eyelids.
Limbs: front strong and wide; short pastures. Hindquarters with well muscled thighs and hocks close to the ground. Round and compact feet. Solid plantar pads; solid nails.
Shoulder: fairly oblique, strong and very muscular.
Pace: regular and showing a good temper.
Tail: of good length, slightly curved, which continues the convex line of the croup and thin at its end.
Leather: black or white, marbled with black spots.
Hair: dry and rough, not too long, almost adherent on the body, slightly wavy on the thighs and on the chest; a little shorter on the head, where the eyebrows, although thick enough, do not cover the eyes; much shorter on the ears.
Allowed colors: marked by black spots on a white background entirely flecked with black, which gives it a kind of slate blue reflection. The coat has tan markings in some places.
Most common defects: monorchidism, cryptorchidism, prognathism, enognatism, slender dog, muzzle too long, skull too wide, atypical, straight shoulder, non-standard measures, colors not allowed by the standard, incorrect gait, too pronounced or incorrect angles, defective rear end, insufficient musculature, character shy or fearful.
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