Grand Bleu de Gascogne
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
Category: Companion Dog, Hunting
Exercise NeedsThe 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 NeedsNo special grooming requirements.
TemperamentThis 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 KidsGood with children.
HistoryThe 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 FactsThe 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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