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Basset Bleu de Gascogne Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Basset Bleu de Gascogne so you can get to know the breed more.

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Basset Bleu de Gascogne
OriginFrance
Other Names
What other names does the Basset Bleu de Gascogne have? The dog breed also known as...
Blue Gascony Basset, Bleus de Gascogne
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred
AKC Group
Is Basset Bleu de Gascogne recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Basset Bleu de Gascogne recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.
Breed Recognition
What kennel clubs and organizations recognize or register the Basset Bleu de Gascogne breed?
Dog Registry of America Inc.American Canine Association, Inc.
Price
How much does the Basset Bleu de Gascogne puppy cost? What is the price range of this puppy? What is the average price of this dog in the United States? Is this puppy expensive? How much should I pay for it? Basset Bleu de Gascogne price:
$600-$800
If you choose to purchase the Basset Bleu de Gascogne, you should know that the mentioned amount of money is an average of the collected data from breeders’ sites and puppy finder places. If you have a Basset Bleu de Gascogne for sale, please advertise it on a reliable website to make sure the Basset Bleu de Gascogne gets to a happy place.

Basset Bleu de Gascogne History

The Basset Bleu de Gascogne is a very old breed that directly descended from an even older breed. The breed’s history can be traced back to the 14th century where he originated in the region of Gascony located in southwest France. The breed was created by crossing the Grand Bleu de Gascogne with other breeds. This larger scent hound breed has ancient roots. The Grand Bleu de Gascogne was too large to hunt the smaller game that hid in the underbrush, so the Basset Bleu de Gascogne was developed for the purpose of going into the thick underbrush to flush out tiny animals like rabbits.

The French Revolution in the late 18th century was very damaging to the population of most French hunting breeds, leading to the extinction of many. However, the short-legged Basset Bleu de Gascogne actually increased in popularity. This meant that more French hunters were able to use these dogs on foot rather than larger hounds. Eventually, the popularity of hunting with pack hounds diminished in France, and other breeds became more popular. By the beginning of the 20th century was almost extinct. There were very few to be found until Alain Bourbon began resurrecting the breed around the 1910s. Bourbon is credited with the continued existence of the Basset Bleu de Gascogne. He did not fully document his breeding practices and therefore, nobody knows exactly how he was able to revive the breed. One theory is that Bourbon was able to breed a few of the original Basset Bleu de Gascognes with the Grand Bleu de Gascognes and the Basset Saintongeious. Another theory is that the Basset Bleu de Gascogne simply came from a mutation of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne and both breeds are the same, except for the size.

Overall, the look of the Basset Bleu de Gascogne did change slightly in appearance and more closely resembled the stereotypical Basset Hound. The breed is a low stationed dog with thick bones. He should be agile and able to move quickly. He has a black nose with well-developed nostrils used for sniffing out the small game. He has long ears that are set low on his head and come to the end of his muzzle when extended forward. The breed also has a dense, short coat that is thick to protect him while in the underbrush. Moreover, the breed has survived but still remains very rare. It is one of the rarest breeds of French hound, both in France and abroad. The popularity gained by other Bassets such as the Basset Hound or the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has not come to the Basset Bleu de Gascogne. One of the few countries outside of France where the breed can be found is in the United States. While the breed has not gained American Kennel Club recognition, in 1991, it was recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale as well as the United Kennel Club.

Basset Bleu de Gascogne General Appearance

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog? Basset Bleu de Gascogne size:
Small
Weight
How much does the Basset Bleu de Gascogne weigh? Basset Bleu de Gascogne weight:
35-40 pounds (16-18 kg)
Avg. Weight
What is the average weight of the Basset Bleu de Gascogne? Basset Bleu de Gascogne average weight:
37.5 pounds (17 kg)
Height
How tall is the Basset Bleu de Gascogne? Basset Bleu de Gascogne height:
13–15 inches (34–38 cm)
Avg. Height
What is the average height of this fido? Basset Bleu de Gascogne average height:
13–15 inches (34–38 cm)

Basset Bleu de Gascogne Hair & Care

Coat
What type of coat does the Basset Bleu de Gascogne have? What does this canine coat look like?
Smooth
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Basset Bleu de Gascogne's coat?
WhiteTricolorBlue Black
Grooming
How to groom the Basset Bleu de Gascogne and how often?
Easy to groom: The Basset Bleu de Gascogne doesn't require a lot of grooming. Seasonal flea treatment is needed, but cutting the dog's hair by a professional groomer isn't necessary. Ears and eyes should be cleaned regularly to avoid infections. Basset Bleu de Gascogne is a good choice if you don't have the time, skill or money to take care of a high maintenance dog. Recommended for beginners.
Shedding Level
How much do Basset Bleu de Gascogne dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Blue Gascony Basset? Basset Bleu de Gascogne shedding level:
Basset Bleu de Gascognes shed moderately. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. Regular brushing reduces the amount of hair that sheds. It mostly depends on their health status and breed type.

Basset Bleu de Gascogne Characteristics

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Basset Bleu de Gascogne have? What characteristics does the breed have?
ActiveAgileHappyAffectionateCuriousLively
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Basset Bleu de Gascogne? Are they intelligent?
Average: Basset Bleu de Gascogne's has average obedience intelligence. Patience is needed for teaching this breed to any tricks and commands though, but it's worth the effort. They understand and memorize new commands in 25-40 repetitions. This breed obeys for the first command 50% of the time or better.
Trainability
Are Basset Bleu de Gascogne dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Basset Bleu de Gascognes aren't famous for their trainability. This breed needs more time and repetition to obey. It's challenging to teach them new commands, but not impossible.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Basset Bleu de Gascogne is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Basset Bleu de Gascogne sensitivity:
Basset Bleu de Gascognes have an average emotional level and are not the most sensitive dog breed. Sometimes it's okay to change the daily routine, have guests and listen to loud music. Some dogs handle moderate punishment very well, while others crumble apart at a dirty look. This breed is not affected emotionally for moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they?
Basset Bleu de Gascognes are highly affectionate dogs. They like being involved in the family's life. This breed isn't considered as an aloof dog.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Blue Gascony Basset need? Basset Bleu de Gascogne social needs:
Basset Bleu de Gascognes are a social breed. They enjoy being around people or other animals. This breed doesn't tolerate being left alone.
Barking
Do Basset Bleu de Gascogne dogs bark a lot? Why does my Bleus de Gascogne bark?
Low to Average: The Basset Bleu de Gascogne rarely barks. This breed could be a good choice if you're looking for a quiet breed. They don't bark unless there is a good reason. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Basset Bleu de Gascogne good as a watchdog?
Basset Bleu de Gascognes are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered as their main job.
Territorial
Do Basset Bleu de Gascogne dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their territory?
Basset Bleu de Gascognes are not the best to protect their territory. Better to have the protection of your house and property supervised by others.
Biting Potential
Do Basset Bleu de Gascogne bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Blue Gascony Basset? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Basset Bleu de Gascogne? Why do dog bites happen?
Low
The Basset Bleu de Gascogne has a low chance of biting somebody. Top reasons for dog bite: protection, pain, excitement, herding instinct, being provoked. (Data based on the available online bite statistics.)
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Basset Bleu de Gascogne do?
Basset Bleu de Gascognes have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people. It's a common habit during puppyhood, not aggressive behavior. These "bites" don't hurt, but Basset Bleu de Gascognes need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Basset Bleu de Gascogne to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Basset Bleu de Gascogne roam?
Basset Bleu de Gascognes have average wanderlust potential. Sometimes they like to explore the world and they might escape once or twice, but usually, they prefer staying safely at home. Safer to teach them how to get back to you on command.
Prey Drive
Do this canine have a strong prey drive? Does Basset Bleu de Gascogne have high prey drive?
Basset Bleu de Gascognes have a high impulse to chase and catch something. Cats or any other small animals are in danger. It's a natural instinct, doesn't necessarily mean that Basset Bleu de Gascogne dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Basset Bleu de Gascogne good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Basset Bleu de Gascognes are not apartment-friendly dogs. If you don't have a garden, you may have to reconsider your choice for having a puppy from this breed.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Basset Bleu de Gascognes adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Basset Bleu de Gascognes do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
Fighting Dog
Where Basset Bleu de Gascogne dogs used as a fighting dog in the history?
Not really
In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Basset Bleu de Gascogne Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they friendly with strangers?
Basset Bleu de Gascognes are average friendly towards strangers.
Child Friendly
Are Basset Bleu de Gascogne dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Basset Bleu de Gascogne and children:
Basset Bleu de Gascognes are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Basset Bleu de Gascogne dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats?
Basset Bleu de Gascognes are average friendly towards cats.
Dog Friendly
Is Basset Bleu de Gascogne good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Basset Bleu de Gascogne dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Basset Bleu de Gascognes are average friendly towards other dogs.
Office Friendly
Are Basset Bleu de Gascognes good office dogs? Do Basset Bleu de Gascognes make good office friendly dogs? Can Basset Bleu de Gascognes be office dogs?
Yes
Basset Bleu de Gascogne is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Basset Bleu de Gascogne dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Blue Gascony Basset temperament with senior people? Are Basset Bleu de Gascogne dogs good for elderly owners?
Basset Bleu de Gascognes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Basset Bleu de Gascogne dogs get along with other pets? Are Basset Bleu de Gascogne dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Basset Bleu de Gascognes are generally with other pets.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Basset Bleu de Gascogne breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
No
Basset Bleu de Gascognes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.
Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Basset Bleu de Gascogne be a service dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a service dog. A service dog is a term used in the USA to refer to any type of assistance dog specifically trained to help people who have disabilities, such as visual impairment, hearing impairments, mental disorders, seizures, mobility impairment, and diabetes. Service dogs are protected under the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act). Basset Bleu de Gascogne is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Basset Bleu de Gascogne be a therapy dog?
Not really
This breed generally not used as a therapy dog. A therapy dog is a dog that might be trained to provide affection, comfort, and love to people in hospitals, retirement homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and to people with anxiety disorders or autism. Basset Bleu de Gascogne is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Basset Bleu de Gascogne be a sniffer dog?
Not really
A detection dog or sniffer dog is a dog that is trained to use its senses (mostly its smell) to detect substances such as explosives, illegal drugs, wildlife scat, currency, blood, and contraband electronics such as illicit mobile phones. Basset Bleu de Gascogne is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Basset Bleu de Gascogne be a search and rescue dog?
Not really
The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and in locating missing people. The Basset Bleu de Gascogne is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Basset Bleu de Gascogne be a boat dog?
Not really
Basset Bleu de Gascogne breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Basset Bleu de Gascogne be a drafting dog?
Not really
A drafting dog or draft dog is a dog bred and used for cart pulling. Dogs bred for this work have strong builds and qualities that are needed, strength and determination. Basset Bleu de Gascogne is not the best breed for drafting purposes.

Basset Bleu de Gascogne Health Factors

Health Issues
Is it a healthy breed? Do Basset Bleu de Gascogne dogs have health problems?
Basset Bleu de Gascognes tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Health Problems
What health problems does the Basset Bleu de Gascogne breed have? What are the health issues and concerns of the Basset Bleu de Gascogne breed? Health risks of Basset Bleu de Gascogne:
Back IssuesBloat
Life Expectancy
How long do Basset Bleu de Gascogne dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Basset Bleu de Gascogne be?
11-13 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Basset Bleu de Gascogne breed hypoallergenic?
No
Basset Bleu de Gascognes don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction. Some of the dog breeds are even considered to higher the possibility of an allergic response. Coat type isn't necessarily relevant, because most people are allergic to dander (flakes on the dog's skin) or saliva, not actually to dog hair.
Energy Level
How much energy does the Basset Bleu de Gascogne have?
Basset Bleu de Gascognes have an average energy level, so if you live a semi-active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Exercise Need
How much exercise does this dog need? How much exercise do Basset Bleu de Gascogne dogs require per day?
Basset Bleu de Gascognes have an average exercise need. This breed is satisfied with short walks every weekday and a long one on weekends.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Basset Bleu de Gascognes sleep 12-14 hours a day as an average dog and they're not considered as a lazy breed.
Avg. daily food consumption
How much food does the Basset Bleu de Gascogne need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
1.5 to 2 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two or three meals.
Weight Gain Potential
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Basset Bleu de Gascogne risk for obesity:
Average. The Basset Bleu de Gascogne has an average risk for obesity. Daily walks should be on schedule. To make your dog happy and fit, feed him with quality dry dog food and live an active life together. Try to find the happy medium between exercise and feeding. If you notice any weight gain, consult your veterinarian and make a diet plan. Reduce unhealthy food and snacks, and measure the Basset Bleu de Gascogne's weight regularly.
Weather & Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot and cold weather & climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?
Medium
The Basset Bleu de Gascogne has an average chance of bad smell. Top reasons for dog stinkiness: infection of bad tooth/ear/skin folds, gas attacks.
Drooling tendency
Does the Basset Bleu de Gascogne drool?
The Basset Bleu de Gascogne is an average drooler. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Basset Bleu de Gascogne Reproducibility

Gestation Length
How long does this dog's pregnancy last? How long does this dog pregnant? How long does it take to have puppies?
60-64 days
Reproductive cycle of the female Basset Bleu de Gascogne: The first period called Proestrus lasts for about 9 days. During this time the females start to attract males. You can notice by swelling vulva and bloody discharge. The second part is the Estrus when the bitch is receptive for the male. It lasts for about 3 to 11 days. The sign of the proestrus part is the soft and enlarged vulva. The discharge decreases and lightens in color. The third part is the Diestrus. Normally, it occurs around day 14. In this period the bitch’s discharge changes for vivid red and coming to its end. The vulva returns to average, and she will no longer permit mating. The fourth part called the Anestrus. The time frame between heat periods normally lasts about six months.
How often can the Basset Bleu de Gascogne have a litter? Once a year.
More frequent breeding is not healthy. It is very important not to buy a dog from a puppy mill, where the needs of the pups and their mothers are ignored. It's an inhumane high-volume dog breeding facility, where puppies born several times a year.
Litter Size
How many puppies can the Basset Bleu de Gascogne have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
3-5 puppies

Basset Bleu de Gascogne Pros & Cons

Pros
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Basset Bleu de Gascogne doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Child Friendly: Basset Bleu de Gascognes are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Basset Bleu de Gascogne is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Basset Bleu de Gascognes are usually recommended for elderly people.
Cons
  • Trainability: Basset Bleu de Gascognes aren't famous for their trainability.
  • Health Issues: Basset Bleu de Gascognes tend to have more and frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Basset Bleu de Gascognes don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Basset Bleu de Gascognes are not apartment-friendly dogs.
  • Mouthiness: Basset Bleu de Gascognes have a higher than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Basset Bleu de Gascognes do best when a family member is at home during the day or if their workplace is dog-friendly so they can take the dog at work.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Basset Bleu de Gascognes are not good for novice owners, due to their stubborn personality.

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