Non-sporting Breeds

Great Gascony Blue

Great Gascony Blue
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, FCI, KC (GB)
Height: Dog: 25-28 in (63.5-70cm) Bitch: 23-25 in (60-65cm)
Weight: 71-77 lb (34.5-36kg)
Coat: Short, smooth, weather-resistant, and somewhat coarse
Color: White with black patches and extensive black ticking to give appearance of blue dog; tan markings on head

The Great Gascony Blue is famed for its ability to pick up a "cold" scent. It descends from the scenting dogs of pre-Roman times and the ancient Saint Hubert Hound. Developed by the Count of Foix, Gaston Phoebus, in the 14th century, it became a favorite of the French King Henry IV in the 16th century. Even though this aristocratic animal is taller and lighter than many other hounds, it is very strong and is possessed of great stamina and a strong, melodious voice. It excelled at hunting wolves, which it pursued to extinction. The Great Gascony Blue has a calm and friendly temperament. It requires a great deal of exercise and is not a suitable housepet. It should be groomed regularly and the long ears checked frequently.
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