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Grand Bleu de Gascogne

Size: Large

Weight: 71 - 77 lbs.

Height: 24" - 28"

Life Span: 12 - 14 years

Health Problems: Arthritis of the hip and elbow; hip dysplasia; bone tumors

Origin: Unknown (Ancient Times)

Also Known As: Grand Gascony Blue, Large Blue Gascony Hound, Great Gascony Blue

Group: Scenthound

Category: Companion Dog, Hunting

Exercise Needs

The Grand Blue de Gascogne requires frequent exercise due to its sporting nature. Long daily walks are necessary to keep this breed physically fit and mentally alert. Due to its larger size, do not over-exercise puppies and young dogs, as it may cause damage to growing joints and bones.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.

Temperament

This is a calm breed that obeys orders easily. Grand Bleu's are kind and gentle. As a natural pack hound, these dogs are sociable and interact well with other dogs and children.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.

History

The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is one of the oldest scenthounds, and its origins have not been definitively traced. It is believed that the breed may have been brought to France by Phoenician traders in Ancient Times. During the 1700s, the breed became popular in the U.S. Today the breed is more numerous in the States that it is in France.

Pet Facts

The breed has not been developed for companionship, but if raised in a family home from an early age, can become a great pet.

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