The Basset Bleu de Gascogne is a scent hound of medium size which has existed in southwest France since the Middle Ages. It has long drooping ears, a muscular body and a plush, dense coat of a bluish or mouse grey colour.
Training and Care
Basset Bleu requires effective training that should start from an early age. As they are an intelligent breed, they will quickly learn provided they are supervised. They also need physical exercise, such as regular walks, and may prove to be an adept swimmer. As for their coat, they should be brushed and combed at least once per week.
Diet and Nutrition
Basset Bleu de Gascognes should be fed a high quality diet and should be given about two cups of food per day. But, since each dog is different, consult with vet about the exact needs of your pet.
Basset Bleu de Gascognes can be prone to hip dysplasia, progressive retinal atrophy and deafness, as well as occasional gastric dilatation-volvulus. Dogs of this breed should be screened for these diseases.
The Basset Bleu de Gascogne is a breed of hunting hound that originated in France. They were deliberately bred to be slow so as to keep the pack together when hunting for hare and other small game. It is believed that these hounds were developed by crossing the local breeds, of which the Basset Fauve de Bretagne was an important contributor. The Basset Bleu de Gascogne was brought to England in the 1890's and was first registered with the Kennel Club in 1899.
Where to Buy or Adopt
Finding a Basset Bleu de Gascogne to adopt or buy can be tricky since they are relatively rare. However, there are a number of breeders and rescues in the US and in Canada that specialize in this breed. The price for a puppy can range between $1000 and $2000.