The Blue Gascony Basset, also known as the Basset Bleu de Gascogne, is a breed of dog known for its hunting prowess. This breed is mentioned in records as far back as the 12th century. Originating in France, it is derived from the larger hound breed called the Grand Bleu de Gascogne, but developed to be shorter and more compact for specialized hunting needs. They are known to hunt well both in a pack and on their own.
The Blue Gascony Basset has a long back and short legs, and can suffer from angular limb deformities. This breed may also be affected by spinal disorders, including chondrodysplasia (CDPA) and chondrodystrophy (CDDY) with intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) risk. They may also suffer from ear infections. Genetic screening is recommended to assist veterinarians with diagnosis and proactive care, as well as help breeders identify affected and carrier dogs.
The Blue Gascony Basset is known for its loyal, friendly, and intelligent nature. They're typically good with children and other pets, although their strong prey drive may sometimes lead them to chase smaller animals. These dogs are often eager to please, which can make training easier, but they also have a stubborn streak that can occasionally make them a challenge.
They are typically quiet indoors but can be quite vocal when excited or on the trail of a scent. Their hunting heritage also means they require regular exercise to keep them physically and mentally satisfied. Despite their hunting instincts, they also love human companionship and prefer not to be left alone for long periods.
The Basset Bleu de Gascogne was originally used for hunting deer, boar, and wolf.
The Basset Bleu de Gascogne was recognized by the United Kennel Club in January 1991.