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Grand Gascons-Saintongeois

Size: Large

Weight: 66 - 71 lbs.

Height: 25" - 28"

Life Span: 11 - 12 years

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

Origin: France (1800s)

Also Known As: Virelade

Group: Scenthound

Category: Companion Dog, Hunting

Exercise Needs

The Grand Gascons-Saintongeois 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

The Grand Gascons-Saintongeois is an easy-going breed that responds well to obedience training. The Grand Gascons-Saintongeois gets along well with other dogs and children. It rarely snaps or bites.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.

History

The Grand Gascon-Saintongeois was originally created in the 1840s by Baron Joseph de Caryon Latour de Virelade. The Baron selectively crossed three breeds: the Ariegeois, the Saintongeois and the Grand Bleu de Gascogne. First used to assist in the hunting of roe deer and other large animals. Grand Gascon-Saintongeois are almost exclusive to France and are more common hunting companions than house pets.

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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