Grand Bleu De Gascogne
The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is an ancient French breed.
It originates from the Gascony and Guyenne Provinces which are on the South-Western coast of France, near the Pyrenees Mountains and Spanish Border.
The hounds are the Classic French type, descendants of the original scenting dogs of Gaul and the Phoenician hound trade. The Grand Bleu being one of the few modern breeds left from the Grand Chiens Courants of the past.
The Grand Bleu were originally used for hunting wolves. They did the job so well, they nearly hunted themselves out of existence. They were then used for wild boar and deer, and also to hunt hare to the gun.
These hounds really do like their exercise and plenty of it. They can be obedience trained and can also do agility, but being a typical hound the scent can take over and off they go. If you want to make sure you get home on time, do not exercise a Gascony hound off a flexi lead, they have great endurance and can stay on a scent for a long time.
The Grand Bleu is one of the world's largest scent hounds, only of moderate speed, they are known for their ability to raise game by their fantastic endurance, a wonderful nose and a strong and resonant voice heard from a great distance. Their reputation as the "coldest nosed" dog is well deserved, giving voice a long time after the "hot" scent has faded.
The Grand Bleu de Gascogne has no known inherited health problems in the breed.
They can live for over 10 years.