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Grand Bleu De Gascogne

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Origin / History The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is one of the oldest of the hound breeds in France, and there is evidence that this dog's presence dates back to the Middle Ages. Known as the “King of Hounds,” this dog is majestic in its appearance, and this is because it's perhaps the purest of all hound dog breeds.

The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is believed to be the Phoenician hounds' direct descendant. This dog is a mix of the Gallic scenting hounds and the Phoenician hounds. The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is also believed to have come from the legendary Chien Courant, known for its formidable size and strength. With the amazing combination of these great dogs, there is no doubt that the Grand Bleu de Gascogne is on the top of the list the hound breed.

The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is characterized by strength and it is a creature that shows great skill and endurance during hunts. This dog is notorious for its ability to take down even the fiercest of wolves, but now, the Grand Bleu de Gascogne's game tasks are limited to hunting wild boars and deer.

As a rare breed, the Grand Bleu de Gascogne has been given the distinction of being a hunting companion, a guard dog, and even a gun dog. The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is not the most common dog, but it is eventually making its presence known in the United States.

Appearance One will instantly notice the aristocratic features of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne. It is a hound that has a lean physique and its long legs gives it the power to go through the most challenging of hunts. It has a deep and broad chest, an elongated body, a wide and long skull with a long and and squarish muzzle. Its coat is short, harsh, and dense, and it has a long tail that perks up when alert. But despite the Grand Bleu de Gascogne commanding physical attributes, it possesses a most gentle and even melancholy expression.

Colours The Grand Bleu de Gascogne usually comes in just black, but there are often tan or white markings on its coat. Speckling and dappling may also be found on the coat of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne.

Temperament Like most hounds, the Grand Bleu de Gascogne is known to be kind and gentle, and this is evident in the mannerisms of this elegant dog. This breed is perhaps one of the most patient of the hounds, and a family can have a most loyal pet if the Grand Bleu de Gascogne is treated right. A bond can be created between this dog and its master, and the Grand Bleu de Gascogne will undoubtedly remain loyal and devoted. The Grand Bleu de Gascogne, however, does have the tendency to get lonely and depressed, which might turn it destructive, so if one has this kind of dog for a pet, it would be best to surround it with a very sociable environment.

Height and Weight It stands at 70 centimeters and it can weigh anywhere between 35 to 39 kilograms.

Common Health Problems The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is a generally healthy dog, and there are no known genetic disorders for this breed. An owner only has to be on the look-out for gastric dilitation volvulus.

Living Conditions It would be best for the Grand Bleu de Gascogne to have a yard where it can be free to explore. An apartment setting is not suited to this dog, as it has the need for lively, outdoor activities.

Exercise Requirements The Grand Bleu de Gascogne requires a lot of exercise. Daily walks are recommended, but this dog would benefit more from a large yard where it can run around and follow scents.

Training Requirements Obedience trainings should begin when the Grand Bleu de Gascogne is still young, and the owner must command verbal control very well. The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is a very intelligent dog, but it has the tendency to be too independent and stubborn. Fortunately, this dog is extremely patient and it will respond well if positively reinforced with treats or praise.

Life Expectancy The life expectancy of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne is 12 years.

Grooming It's fairly easy to groom the Grand Bleu de Gascogne. It sheds moderately, and one only has to brush its coat once a week to maintain its glossy finish, and to get rid of loose hairs.

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