Basset Bleu de Gascogne Puppy Facts
Did you just bring home a new Basset Bleu de Gascogne puppy and want to learn more about the breed?
Maybe you are thinking about buying a puppy and want to know if this is the right breed of dog for you and your family?
No matter what your situation may be, you will find the answers to your questions right here!
The breed, also known as the Blue Gascony Basset, originated in the southwestern French region of Gascony. Exactly when the breed was developed is not clear but we know that ancestors of the modern breed existed in the 14th century.
We also know that the Basset Bleu de Gascogne descended directly from an even older breed of Grand Bleu de Gascogne.
Some experts feel the Grand Blue was crossed with other breeds to produce the modern breed while others feel the breed as we know it today is a result of natural mutation of the Grand Bleu aided by selective breeding.
In the Middle Ages and up to the French Revolutions, these dogs were used by horse riding nobles to hunt wild boar, deer, and wolves. Following the Revolution, hunting was opened up to common people who used to hunt on foot.
According to one theory, the Grand Bleu was selectively bred to produce a shorter legged and slower Basset Bleu de Gascogne to accommodate hunters who had to follow these dogs on foot.
With the decline in popularity of hunting in the beginning of the 19th century, the breed almost went extinct. The person responsible for its resurrection and survival is Alain Bourbon.
While the breed is safe from extinction, it's still not very well known outside of its native France.
Description of Basset Bleu de Gascogne Puppies
This is a medium-size dog with a body that is longer than it is tall. Despite it's size, the body is very strong. It also has strong legs and large feet.
It has a long neck and narrow head with a long muzzle, long drop down ears, and large black nose. The dark brown eyes have loose lower lids and give the dog a sad expression. The chest is deep and the tail is long.
The Basset Bleu de Gascogne coat is short, dense and predominantly white. There is some dark spotting, giving the overall bluish appearance. There are brown spots and markings above the eyes and on the ears.
|Male||12 to 15 inches||35 to 40 pounds|
|Female||12 to 15 inches||35 to 40 pounds|
The Basset Bleu de Gascogne is a friendly and easy-going. Some individuals are more outgoing than others but none are shy. Another trait foreign to this breed is viciousness.
It gets along well with people, including children. Because it's a hound and was bred to hunt in packs, it gets along with dogs too.
Being highly intelligent, the breed is also highly trainable. It responds best to firm but gentle handling and positive reinforcement.
Being a member of the Scenthounds group, it has a highly developed sense of smell. Once it catches an interesting scent, it will follow it. For this reason, when outdoors in an unprotected area, always keep your pet on leash.
Best Owner / Living Conditions
These dogs will do best with an active owner in a suburban environment.
Some Basset Bleu de Gascogne breeders may interview prospective owners to make sure this is the right breed for them.
Activity and Exercise
This is a moderately active breed and like other hounds, it requires daily exercise to prevent destructive behaviors caused by boredom and pent-up energy.
Your pet can get plenty of exercise by playing in a fenced yard. At a minimum, take your pet for several long walks every day, always on leash.
This breed is an average shedder and doesn't require much grooming.
Brush at least once per week to remove dead hair.
Regularly check the teeth and gums for any signs of dental disease (visit dog teeth cleaning to learn how to care for your dog's teeth) and ears for signs of infection.
Like all dog breeds, the Basset Bleu de Gascogne is susceptible to complications caused by parasites such as dog ticks, fleas, and puppy worms, including tapeworms, roundworms, and heartworms.
Other than the above, this is a healthy breed with no known health concerns. Still, to reduce the risk of health problems, buy only from reputable Basset Bleu de Gascogne breeders (visit dog breeders to learn how to identify responsible dog breeders).
No matter how small the risk of health problems is, any puppy may get sick or injured. Many health problems will require an immediate attention from your Vet, but there are many others that will not, and you may handle them on your own.
To save time and money, learn how to diagnose and treat dog health problems that don't require your Vet's attention.
The average life expectancy for Basset Bleu de Gascogne puppies is 11 to 14 years.
Did you ever consider adopting your next pet?
If this is the breed you are interested in, and adoption appeals to you, consider contacting your local Basset Bleu de Gascogne rescue. There are thousands of pets waiting for a loving home and, yes, it's possible to adopt a purebred dog.
Not happy with your pet's behavior? Need help with training your dog for obedience? Then check this dog behavior and obedience training guide.
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