Grand Bleu de Gascogne
The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is a breed of scent hound dog that is thought to have originated from France and was used to hunt large game like deer and boar. It is a descendent of an old hunting breed that lived at the time of the St. Hubert hound in the 14th century. The modern breed is an important ancestor of many other scent hounds. Its temperament varies between individuals and it is not known to develop any major health issues. It is recognized by the FCI and the UKC.
The Grand Bleu de Gascogne is a large breed, although its name does not often refer to that size but to the size of the game that it hunts, reaching an average size between 25.6 and 28.3 inches at the withers, or shoulder blades, and a weight between 80 and 120 pounds, with females growing slightly smaller than males. The preferred coloring of this breed is white with dappled black spots occurring over the body, which makes it appear bluish grey in color. The head holds black patches of fur on each side and white on the top, with tan fur occurring over each eye, creating the look of eyebrows. If faults are found in an individual, including behavioral differences like aggression and physical characteristics like deviating coloring, it is not recommended by professional organizations to breed the dog.
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