This dog originated from the big blue Gascon hound. Unlike his larger sibling, thanks to his short feet, the Blue Gascony Bassett could successfully pursue the prey even in the densest vegetation and was more appropriate than him for hunting rabbits and other small animals.
The breed was finaly identified in the late 19th century and the first standard was written in 1919. After World War II, he was very rare, and became more in the 80's.
This is a massive short legged dog with a compact and muscular body. He has a melodious voice and interesting coloring - a white background with larger black spots and dense black streaks which give the hair a bluish tinge. The head is large and powerful. The body is strong, compact, well muscled. The ears are very long, hanging and set low.
Size: 65-72 cm for males and from 62 to 68 cm for females.
Weight: 33-38 kg for males and 30-36 kg for females.
Character and behavior
The Blue Gascony Basset is described in the standard of the FCI as an active and agile dog, affectionate and calm. In general they are considered docile and very attached to their master, gentle with children and sociable with other dogs. He can live in an apartment, but you should provide him with a lot of exercises and walks. Considered as an intelligent and sensitive breed, he is easy to educate. Keep in mind that a serious training is necessary to prevent constant barking.
This Blue Gascony Basset is intelligent, calm, careful, very affectionate and docile. He was created as a hunting hound, but is now mostly a companion dog.
Training and education
The Blue Gascony Basset is a hunting dog, with a beautiful voice and good flair. He is not very fast, however he can access different type of terrain. You can hunt with him alone or in packs, because he is very tolerant with his “colleagues”. This basset is perfect for chasing different animals, but his specialty is rabbit or hare.
The Blue Gascony Basset is now used more as a pet than a hunting dog. However, he requires a lot of exercise and access to open spaces.
The Blue Gascony Basset is known as a very healthy breed. The average life expectancy is about 12 years, which is quite long for a dog of this size.
The parents of puppies for sale should have OFA and CERF tests for diseases like hip dysplasia and blindness.
Other health issues which may affect the Blue Gascony Basset are: Elbow Dysplasia, Bloat, Antropion, Tooth Decay, Ear Infections, Allergies.
Grooming and care
The Blue Gascony Basset has a short coat which require regular brushing.
If you already own a puppy from this breed, you need to pay special attention to his ears. They are susceptible to becoming dirty and infected and therefore should be cleaned at least once a week. These dogs can be very stubborn and can grow very big, so it is best to begin this process early to prevent problems in the future.
Children and other pets
Bassets have typical temperament of a hound. They are friendly with family members but when it comes to strangers some are affectionate and some are reserved. The representatives of the breed are not shy or aggressive. This dog is not exactly a family pet, so his reputation with children is doubtful.
Hounds from Gascony were known for their interesting coats and their big size. The mixture of white and black fur gave these dogs the appearance of being blue. As a result, this breed became known as the Blue Gascony Basset.