Gascon Saintongeois Information & Dog Breed Facts

Collection of all the general dog breed info about Gascon Saintongeois so you can get to know the breed more.

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OriginFrance flagFrance
Other Names
What other names does the Gascon Saintongeois have?
Grand Gascon SaintongeoisPetit Gascon SaintongeoisVirelade Hound
Breed Type
What type of dog breed is it?
Purebred

Gascon Saintongeois Price and Availability

Price
How much does the Gascon Saintongeois 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?
Unknown
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Availability
How easy is it to get a Gascon Saintongeois?
Average: The Gascon Saintongeois is a commonly available dog breed. There is less risk of overbreeding compared to the very popular dogs.

Of course, they may be more popular in some countries, and inbreeding may occur, so be careful.

Gascon Saintongeois Size

Size
What size is this breed? How big is this dog?
Large
Weight
How much does the Gascon Saintongeois weigh? Gascon Saintongeois weight:
Male: 65-70 pounds (30-32 kg), Female: 65-70 pounds (30-32 kg)
Average Weight
What is the average weight of the Gascon Saintongeois? Gascon Saintongeois average weight:
Male: 67.5 pounds (31 kg), Female: 67.5 pounds (31 kg)
Height
How tall is the Gascon Saintongeois? Gascon Saintongeois height:
Male: 26-28 inches (65-72 cm), Female: 24-27 inches (62-68 cm)
Average Height
What is the average height of this fido? Gascon Saintongeois average height:
Male: 27 inches (68.5 cm), Female: 25.5 inches (65 cm)

Gascon Saintongeois Grooming, Hair and Care

Coat / Hair Types
What type of coat does the Gascon Saintongeois have? What does this canine coat/fur look like?
Dense
Colors
What color is the breed's coat? What color is a proper Gascon Saintongeois's coat?
White & Black
Grooming
How to groom the Gascon Saintongeois and how often?
Easy to groom: The Gascon Saintongeois 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. Gascon Saintongeois 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 Gascon Saintongeois dogs shed? How to control, reduce and prevent the shedding of the Grand Gascon Saintongeois?
Gascon Saintongeoiss are low shedders. It's a natural process of the hair growth cycle. The amount and frequency of hair loss mostly depend on their health status and breed type.
Bath Time / Bathing Frequency
How often does the Gascon Saintongeois need a bath? How often should bathe this dog? Can I bathe my Gascon Saintongeois every day?
4-6 weeks
Average. Experts recommended at least every 4-6 weeks for this family pup. According to a study, 56% of pet parents don’t bathe their dogs as frequently as they should, and 60% use the sniff test when deciding when it’s bath time. Bathing your dog is beneficial to them in more ways than just one. It’s also a good time to look for unusual scratches, bumps, fleas, and other irregularities. When their hair is wet and flat against their body, these details are more visible.

Gascon Saintongeois Personality / Temperament

Temperament
What kind of personality does the Gascon Saintongeois have? What characteristics or traits does the breed have?
LovingReliableLoyal
Intelligent Rank
How smart is the Gascon Saintongeois? Are they intelligent?
Smart: Gascon Saintongeois's has great intelligence. They understand and memorize new commands in 15-25 repetitions.
Trainability
Are Gascon Saintongeois dogs easy to train? Do they go well on dog training?
Gascon Saintongeoiss are very easy to train. They easily find out the association between commands and actions.
Playfulness
How playful is this breed?
The Gascon Saintongeois is a playful breed. Excited barking and sometimes nipping will alert you to play.
Sensitivity Level
How sensitive are they? Gascon Saintongeois sensitivity:
Gascon Saintongeoiss 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 by moderate punishment.
Affection Level
How affectionate are they? Are they affectionate?
Average: Gascon Saintongeoiss are average dogs regarding their affection level. Some breeds are forthcoming and friendly, while others are independent and don't bond too closely with their owners.
Social Needs
How much social interaction does the Grand Gascon Saintongeois need? Gascon Saintongeois social needs:
Gascon Saintongeoiss need a lot of social interaction. They desire to always be with someone or around people. This breed hates being left alone.
Barking
Do Gascon Saintongeois dogs bark a lot? Are they barkers/noisy? Why does my Grand Gascon Saintongeois bark?
Average: The Gascon Saintongeois barks occasionally. They can change their barks depending on their emotional level and what they're trying to say. Different barks could mean the same and the same barks could have different meanings. Top reasons for barking: protection, alarm, fear, boredom, attention-seeking, greeting, separation anxiety, compulsive barking.
Watchdog Ability
Is Gascon Saintongeois good as a watchdog? Are they alert at night?
Gascon Saintongeoiss are average watchdogs. If they sense something different, they will alert you, but the observation isn't considered their main job.
Guarding Behavior / Territorial
Do Gascon Saintongeois dogs have an aggressive behavior to protect their home/house/territory? Do they have guarding instincts?
Gascon Saintongeoiss are average defenders. Some dogs are very protective of their territory, while others easily let a stranger to trespass. This breed is not sure to defend its territory in every situation.
Biting Potential
Do Gascon Saintongeois bite humans? How likely are you to get bitten from the Grand Gascon Saintongeois? What are the odds of getting bitten by a Gascon Saintongeois? Why do dog bites happen?

Low 🔽

The Gascon Saintongeois 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.)
Bite Force
Does the Gascon Saintongeois has a hard bite?

Between 200 and 400 PSI

Gascon Saintongeois bite force: Ordinary. Average dogs have a bite force between 200 and 400 PSI. The Gascon Saintongeois, and many others, have a fearsome presence because they have significant jaw strength, so it is important not to anger the dog and have it around strangers until it is fully trained. However, they are usually quite calm and good companions, they work well in families and are easy to care for.
Mouthiness
How much mouthing/nipping/play biting does the Gascon Saintongeois do?
Gascon Saintongeoiss have a lower 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 Gascon Saintongeoiss need to be taught for a good attitude.
Impulse to Wander or Roam
How likely is the Gascon Saintongeois to run away? Does this breed explore or wander a lot? Does Gascon Saintongeois roam?
Gascon Saintongeoiss 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 Gascon Saintongeois have high prey drive?
Gascon Saintongeoiss 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 Gascon Saintongeois dogs are aggressive. Better to keep this breed on a leash.
Apartment Friendly
Is Gascon Saintongeois good as an apartment dog? Can they live in a flat?
Not an apartment-friendly dog the Gascon Saintongeois breed. If you don't have a garden, think carefully about your decision, keeping Gascon Saintongeois indoors can cause a lot of problems.
Adaptability
Are they adaptable and easy-going?
Average: Gascon Saintongeoiss adapt to lifestyle changes and different living environments quite okay usually.
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Can you leave this breed home alone?
Gascon Saintongeoiss tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.

Gascon Saintongeois Good With

Stranger Friendly
Are they aggressive or friendly towards/with strangers? Gascon Saintongeois temperament with other people:
Gascon Saintongeoiss are stranger-friendly dogs.
Pet Friendly
Are they pet-friendly dogs? How well do Gascon Saintongeois dogs get along with other pets? Are Gascon Saintongeois dogs good with pets? What is this canine temperament with other pets?
Gascon Saintongeoiss do best when they’re the only pet at the family.
Child Friendly
Are Gascon Saintongeois dogs kid-friendly? Are they good with young children? Gascon Saintongeois temperament with children:
Gascon Saintongeoiss are kid-friendly dogs. This breed is a good choice if you have children.
Cat Friendly
How well do Gascon Saintongeois dogs get along with cats? Are they good with kittens? What is this fido's temperament with cats? Can they be good with cats?
Gascon Saintongeoiss are not cat-friendly dogs.
Dog Friendly
Is Gascon Saintongeois good with other dogs? Are they dog-friendly dogs? How well do Gascon Saintongeois dogs get along with other dogs? What is this canine temperament with other dogs?
Gascon Saintongeoiss are dog-friendly dogs. If you want more dogs in your family or you'd like to join dog meetups, the Gascon Saintongeois can be a great choice.
Good For First Time Owners
Is Gascon Saintongeois breed good for first-time owners? Do they make a good dog for novice owners?
Yes
Gascon Saintongeoiss are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Office Friendly
Are Gascon Saintongeoiss good office dogs? Do Gascon Saintongeoiss make good office friendly dogs? Can Gascon Saintongeoiss be office dogs?
Yes
Gascon Saintongeois is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
Senior Citizens Friendly
Are they senior citizens friendly dogs? How well do Gascon Saintongeois dogs get along with the elderly people? What is the Grand Gascon Saintongeois temperament with senior people? Are Gascon Saintongeois dogs good for elderly owners?
Gascon Saintongeoiss are usually recommended for elderly people.

Gascon Saintongeois Health

Health Issues
Is it a healthy or unhealthy breed? Do Gascon Saintongeois dogs have health problems or genetic diseases?
Gascon Saintongeoiss tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds. Regular vet check-ups are needed.
Veterinarian Visits
How often does the Gascon Saintongeois breed need to go to the vet? How often should you take your dog to the vet? How often should the Gascon Saintongeois see the vet?
Frequent
The Gascon Saintongeois should have a complete physical check-up at least once (but preferably twice) per year. If your dog shows any symptoms, call your veterinarian.
Life Expectancy
How long do Gascon Saintongeois dogs live? What is the average lifespan of this breed? How old can a Gascon Saintongeois be? What is the age limit of the Gascon Saintongeois? How many years can the oldest Gascon Saintongeois live?
13-15 years
The average lifespan of Gascon Saintongeois: 14 years
Hypoallergenic
Is the Gascon Saintongeois breed hypoallergenic?
No
Gascon Saintongeoiss 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 Gascon Saintongeois have? What is the activity level of the Gascon Saintongeois?
Gascon Saintongeoiss are high-energy dogs. An active lifestyle makes them happy.
Activity Requirement / Exercise Need
How much activity does this dog need? How much exercise do Gascon Saintongeois dogs require per day?
Gascon Saintongeoiss need a lot of exercises. Long walks should be on a daily schedule. If you live an active life, this breed can be a good choice for you.
Sleeping Need
How much sleep does this fido need?
Gascon Saintongeoiss don't need too much sleep. They are energetic and desire to live an active life. If you think naps are overrated, this breed can be the best choice for you.
Average daily food consumption
How much food does the Gascon Saintongeois need? How often should I feed my canine? What dog products should I buy?
4 to 5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Weight Gain Potential / Prone to Obesity
How easy to gain weight for this dog? Gascon Saintongeois risk for obesity:
Average: The Gascon Saintongeois 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 Gascon Saintongeois's weight regularly.
Weather and Climate
Which weather condition is preferred by this dog? Can they tolerate hot or cold weather and climate?
Tolerates warm and cold weather
Dogs that tolerate hot and cold weather are typically those that have a double coat of fur. Dogs with a double coat of fur have a layer of fur that insulates their skin and helps protect them from the cold and the heat.
Stinkiness
How stinky is this dog? Why does it smell bad and how to get rid of the smell?

Medium

The Gascon Saintongeois 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 Gascon Saintongeois drool?
The Gascon Saintongeois drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed. Drooling is the unintentional saliva flowing outside of the mouth. It can be completely normal or a sign of a health problem. Certain dog breeds drool more than others, just like the Gascon Saintongeois. If you notice any change in your dog's drooling habit, you should contact a vet as soon as possible.

Gascon Saintongeois As a Working Dog

Service Dog
Are they good as service dogs? Can Gascon Saintongeois be a guide dog? Are they used as seeing-eye dogs?

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). Gascon Saintongeois is not the best breed for service purposes.
Therapy Dog
Are they good as therapy dogs? Can Gascon Saintongeois be a therapy dog? Are they good anxiety dogs? Can a Gascon Saintongeois be an emotional support animal?

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. Gascon Saintongeois is not the best breed for therapeutic purposes.
Detection Dog or Sniffer Dog
Are they good as detection dogs? Can Gascon Saintongeois be a sniffer dog?

Not really

They are not typically employed for this type of work, but there may be exceptional cases. 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. Gascon Saintongeois is not the best breed for detection purposes.
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR)
Are they good as SAR dogs? Can Gascon Saintongeois be a search and rescue dog?

Not really

This dog breed is not typically used as a search and rescue dog. The use of dogs in search and rescue (SAR) is a valuable component in wilderness tracking, natural disasters, mass casualty events, and locating missing people. The Gascon Saintongeois is not the best breed for SAR purposes.
Boat and Sailor Dog
Are they good as boat dogs? Can Gascon Saintongeois be a boat dog?

Not really

Gascon Saintongeois breed usually doesn't like being on a boat.

Boat dogs were typically bred for their strength, stamina, and water resistance, as they were often required to perform tasks such as pulling in fishing nets, and jumping into the water to retrieve ropes or lines, or helping to move cargo.

Sailor dog is a type of dog that was bred to accompany sailors on their voyages. They were typically used for three purposes: as a working dog, a watchdog, and as a companion. A boat dog is a term used to describe a type of dog that was traditionally bred and used as a working dog on boats.

Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog
Are they good as cart pulling dogs? Can Gascon Saintongeois 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. Gascon Saintongeois is not the best breed for drafting purposes.
Fighting Dog / Military Dog
Where Gascon Saintongeois dogs used as fighting / military dogs in history?

Not really

In history, this breed was not really used for combat dog.

Gascon Saintongeois 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 Gascon Saintongeois: 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 female 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 female’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.
Litter Frequency

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 Gascon Saintongeois have? What is the average litter size of this fido?
4 to 6 puppies

Gascon Saintongeois Recognition

AKC Group
Is Gascon Saintongeois recognized by the American Kennel Club?
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club.
FCI Group
Is Gascon Saintongeois recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI)?
Recognized by FCI in the Scent hounds and related breeds group, in the Scent hounds section.

Gascon Saintongeois Pros and Cons

Pros
  • Intelligent Rank: Smart: Gascon Saintongeois's has great intelligence.
  • Trainability: Gascon Saintongeoiss are very easy to train.
  • Grooming: Easy to groom: The Gascon Saintongeois doesn't require a lot of grooming.
  • Shedding Level: Gascon Saintongeoiss are low shedders.
  • Mouthiness: Gascon Saintongeoiss have a lower than average tendency to nip, chew, play-bite, or herd people.
  • Child Friendly: Gascon Saintongeoiss are kid-friendly dogs.
  • Dog Friendly: Gascon Saintongeoiss are dog-friendly dogs.
  • Office Friendly: Gascon Saintongeois is one of the best dog breeds for office environment
  • Senior Citizens Friendly: Gascon Saintongeoiss are usually recommended for elderly people.
  • Good For First Time Owners: Gascon Saintongeoiss are good for novice owners, due to their easy-going personality.
Cons
  • Health Issues: Gascon Saintongeoiss tend to have more frequent health issues than other breeds.
  • Hypoallergenic: Gascon Saintongeoiss don't do well with allergy sufferers by causing allergic reaction.
  • Apartment Friendly: Not an apartment-friendly dog the Gascon Saintongeois breed.
  • Drooling Tendency: The Gascon Saintongeois drools quite a lot, so if you dislike being covered by slobber spots on your clothes, you may want to choose another dog breed.
  • Tolerates Being Left Alone: Gascon Saintongeoiss tend to have separation anxiety when their owners left them alone at home because they bond very closely with them.
  • Cat Friendly: Gascon Saintongeoiss are not cat-friendly dogs.

Gascon Saintongeois History

Gascon Saintongeois Origins

The Gascon Saintongeois is a rare breed from France and can be found in two sizes, the Grand and the Petit. The breed was originally used as a scent hound, hunting in packs. The Gascon Saintongeois is a direct descendant of the Hound of Saintonge, a now-extinct large hunting dog.

After the French Revolution, only three Saintongeois Hounds remained one female and two males. Count Joseph de Carayon-Latour of Chateau Virelade began crossing the remaining Saintongeois Hounds with the remaining Griffon Bleu de Gascogne from the Baron de Ruble’s kennel in the mid-19th century. The hounds were white with black ticking as a result of the experiment. Any puppies born that were not white were not used as foundation material for the new Gascon Saintongeois breed.

Further development

It wasn’t until the middle of the 20th century that the breed was divided into two sizes. Smaller hounds were needed by hunters in southwest France to hunt hare and other small wildlife, so they started breeding smaller Gascon Saintongeois and eventually began calling them Petit Gascon Saintongeois.

The Grand Gascon Saintongeois were the original size and they were used to hunt big wildlife like roe deer, wild boar, and grey wolf. The Saintongeois Hound is currently believed to be extinct, but the Gascon Saintngeois have inherited many of his characteristics. The Gascon Saintongeois has a highly developed sense of smell, is bold, and has a nice bark. It has become the ultimate companion to any hunter, but it also has all the essential qualities to play the role of a family dog. The breed also has a peaceful ad adaptable nature and normally perceives its owners as members of its pack.

Gascon Saintongeois Recognition

On the 10th of August in 1963, the Gascon Saintongeois was accepted by the Federation Cynologique Internationale. However, the official breed standard was not published until March of 2007. Since there was no documented standard, breeders were unable to breed to standards.

There were too many inconsistencies within the breed, therefore fans demanded the publication of an official breed standard. After the standard was published, breeders were able to begin breeding and making the breed much more uniform in appearance and personality. The Gascon Saintongeois was recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1993.

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