The Petit Bleu de Gascogne
The Petit Bleu de Gascogne is a breed of dog of the scenthound type, originated in France and used for hunting in packs. This breed is the successor of a very old type of large hunting dog. The Petit Bleu de Gascogne is not a small dog its name comes from its use on small game.
The dog’s ancestors were a bit modern with the St.Hubert Hounds, dogs that were hunted in packs by the 14th century Comte de Foix on bears, wolves and boars. The slightly tinier Petit Bleu de Gascogne used on little game may have survive all along with the boar hunting hounds for centuries. “Petite” does not necessarily refer to the size of the dogs, but also refers to the French expression for hounds used for smaller game.
The Petit Bleu de Gascogne is directly descended from the Grand Bleu de Gascogne, a hound of ancient type. The Grand Bleu de Gascogne was used for hunting small game such as hare and finally became a separate breed. It is a medium sized dog which stands 52 to 58 cm at the withers, and females are smaller to some extent.
The colour of the coat is white mottled with black, with a slate blue appearance. There are black patches on either side of the head and a white area on top of its head which has a small black oval in it. Tan eyebrow marks are over each eye. The faults in the breed are deviations in appearance that have some effect on the health and working capability of the dog. This may also result in an absence of expected features of structure, size and colour; it indicates that a dog with such faults should never be bred. The faults include violent behaviour or fearfulness, anatomical irregularity, and lack of type. The breed is known for working well in a pack and being calm and easy to handle.
Temperament and Exercise
Temperament of individual dogs may vary, but in general dogs bred to be pack hunting dogs do not make good pets.
The breed has a superior nose and is a brilliant hound that can chase the faintest of scents. This breed is not easy to train and they get along really well with other dogs. Therefore, it needs a firm, calm, confident and unfailing pack leader to provide the proper amount of physical and mental exercise.
They need daily exercise with long walk or jogging. When taken on walk the dog must be made to be alongside or following the person holding the lead and they loves a good run. The breed has an unbelievable level of stamina and can walk for hours on end. They would enjoy hiking with their master with a great extent, but their urge to inspect any interesting scent should be kept in mind. If they are not provided proper exercise, this breed can become restless and destructive.