Basset Bleu de Gascogne
Basset Bleu de Gascogne is also known as the Blue Gascony Basset with a long-back and it is short legged breed of dog. The breed originated in the middle Ages which move down from the Grand Bleu de Gascogne .The breed nearly went extinct around the early 19th century. It is French native breed and is rare outside its homeland.
The Basset Bleu de Gascogne descended directly from the old breed of Grand Bleu de Gascogne and has been recorded in paintings of 14th century in southwest France. The exact origin of the breed is still debated, one theory explains that it is a cross of the Grand Bleu and the Saintongeois Basset, another theory says that the Basset Bleu is a natural mutation of the Grand combined with selective breeding for shorter legs in order to slow down the breed.
During the early 19th century the breed almost went extinct with a declining popularity in hunting. But the breed was saved and rejuvenated back by Alain Bourbon.
Gascogne has a low slung body which is longer than it is tall. They have long ears that are hung down the sides of the face. And they also have dark brown eyes, which are so expressive. The sturdy legs are very short but this belies the fact that this dog is light on its feet! It posses thin tail and whip like and carried upright when alert and tracking.
Average height varies between 12-15 inches in both Males and females.
Average weight of both males and females is between 16-18 kg in weight.
Grand Bleu de Gascogne is sociable, gentle, independent and friendly. Its bark is loud, but fortunately it is infrequent. They display a lively and curious character. They are very sociable and love to be around their families. They are adaptable and can live comfortably in urban or in rural environments.
There are no known hereditary disorders for Basset Bleus recorded. There are chances that they may be prone to gastric dilatation volvulus. They can be vulnerable to bloating as well.
Without adequate exercise and socializing, Basset Bleu de Gascogne can become destructive. They are easily trainable, so basic obedience training is recommended to keep them in enclosed area, as they are likely to follow scents and could easily disappear from sight.
These dogs are distinctive. They are deep-throated, and sonorous, almost musical.
Basset Bleu de Gascognes can have trouble with their long backs as they age. Else, this is considered a very healthy breed.