Origin, classification and history
F.C.I classification: Group 6 - hounds.
In the first half of the twentieth century, hunters from the French South West selected the smallest subjects of the "Grand Gascon Saintongeois" and fixed this variety, intended primarily, originally, to chase the hare
Very well built dog, which at the same time gives the impression of strength and elegance. Typically French in terms of head, coat and expression.
Petit gascon saintongeois is a very calm and affectionate hound. His hunting behavior is impeccable. Very obedient dog.
Petit Gascogne-Saintongeois (photo www.hundeinfos.de)
Petit Gascogne-Saintongeois (photo http://danseaveclesloups.chiens-de-france.com)
- males 52-58 cm .;
- females 50-56 cm at the withers.
Weight: around 25 kg.
Trunk: Back well supported. Lumbar region solid, not too long, slightly vaulted. Croup very slightly oblique. Long breast, descended to the level of the elbows. Harness very open. Ribs gently rounded. Flat and slightly retracted sides.
Head and muzzle: Skull seen from the front, rounded and rather narrow; occipital protuberance well marked. Seen from above, the posterior part of the skull is of a pronounced pointed shape. Stop little accentuated. Lips exactly cover the lower jaw, an inconspicuous commissure. Nasal bridge of equal length to that of the skull; strong; slightly arched.
Black truffle; well developed; nostrils well open.
Teeth: scissor joint. Incisors implanted well as a team with respect to the jaws.
Neck: of medium length and size. Slightly arched, modest presence of baleen fans.
Eyes: oval in shape; brown. Sweet and confident expression.
Ears: fine, hanging and long at least until the end of the truffle. Hairline below the eye line and rather backward.
Arts: mighty front end. Muscular shoulder; moderately oblique. Close elbows. Good forearm bone. Little oval shaped foot; dry and tight fingers. Black pads and nails. Well proportioned hindquarters. Rather long, muscular thigh without excess. Hock well aligned with body axis, well descended.
Pace: loose and easy.
Tail: strong attachment; very pointed at the end, which reaches the end of the hock. Elegantly worn like a saber.
Skin: soft and not too thick. White with black spots. Black mucous membranes.
Hair: short and thick.
Allowed colors: the bottom is white, black spotted, sometimes speckled. Two black spots are generally placed on the sides of the head, so as to cover the ears and wrap the eyes up to the cheeks. The latter are tan, preferably pale. Two tan spots above the orbital arch giving the quatroeil aspect (four eyes.). There are traces of tan on the inner face of the ear and striped along the limbs. Possible the presence of tawny hair on the back of the ear, without however giving the head a tricolor appearance. Sometimes at the base of the thigh and there is a typical dead leaf spot called Marque de Chevreuil.
Most common defects: short head, broad skull, short ears, high junction, absence of tan spots, lack of volume, soft back, depressed rump, deviated tail. insufficiently developed bone, too oblique shoulder too straight, flat feet, cow hocks, shyness, monorchidism, cryptorchidism.
curated by Vinattieri Federico - www.difossombrone.it