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Grand Bleu De Gascogne (Imp)


Illustration of Grand Bleu De Gascogne (Imp)

This long legged aristocrat of the French scent hounds was used originally for hunting wolves, and more recently for hare. Like many of the French Hounds he came to England with the French forces during the Norman Conquest in the 11th century. Like the Basset Bleu de Gascogne he has the distinctive mottled colouring which gives him the 'bleu' of his title.

Breed Group
Vulnerable Native Breed
How much exercise?
More than 2 hours per day
Length of coat
How much grooming?
Once a week
Supposedly sheds? *
Town or Country
Type of home
Large House
Minimum Garden Size
Under 10 Years

* If you are asthmatic or have an allergy, you should consult your medical advisor before considering obtaining a dog. More information can also be found on the Kennel Club website.

The Hound Breed Group

Breeds originally used for hunting either by scent or by sight. The scent hounds include the Beagle and Bloodhound and the sight hounds such breeds as the Whippet and Greyhound. Many of them enjoy a significant amount of exercise and can be described as dignified, aloof but trustworthy companions.

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