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Petit Bleu de Gascogne

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Height  Male
Female  50–56 cm (20–22 in)
Scientific name  Canis lupus familiaris
Origin  France
Rank  Breed
Male  52–58 cm (20–23 in)
Coat  Short and thick
Color  Blue Ticked
Higher classification  Dog
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Colour  Mottled black and white
FCI  Group 6, Section 1.2 Scenthounds: Medium-sized #31
Temperament  Self-confidence, Determined, Friendly, Sociable, Independent, Resourceful
Similar  Grand Bleu de Gascogne, Basset Bleu de Gascogne, Griffon Bleu de Gascogne, Ariegeois, Gascon Saintongeois

Petit bleu de gascogne dog breed

The Petit Bleu de Gascogne (FCI No.31) Is a breed of dog of the scenthound type, originating in France and used for hunting in packs. Today's breed is the descendant of a very old type of large hunting dog. The Petit Bleu de Gascogne is not a small (petite) dog, the name comes from its use on small game.




The Petit Bleu de Gascogne is directly descended from the Grand Bleu de Gascogne, a hound of ancient type. Smaller examples of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne were selected for hunting small game such as hare (the Grand Bleu de Gascogne was developed to hunt wolves, bears and boars) and eventually became a separate breed. It is a medium-large size dog, not a small dog, standing 52 to 58 cm (20.5 to 23 ins) at the withers, with females slightly smaller.

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The colour of the coat is the same as the Grand Bleu de Gascogne, white mottled with black, giving a slate blue overall appearance. There are black patches on either side of the head, with a white area on top of the head which has in it a small black oval. Tan "eyebrow" marks are over each eye give a 'quatreoeuillé' (four-eyed) effect. Faults are deviations in appearance that have an effect on the health and working ability of the dog, as well as an absence of expected features of colour, structure, and size, indicating that a dog with such faults should not be bred. Faults include aggression or fearfulness, anatomical malformation, and lack of type.

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The Petite Bleu de Gascogne is noted for working well in a pack and being calm and easy to handle.


The Grand Bleu de Gascogne's ancestors were contemporary with the St.Hubert Hounds, dogs that were hunted in packs by the 14th century Comte de Foix on wolves, bears and boars. The slightly smaller Petit Bleu de Gascogne used on small game may have existed along with the boar hunting dog for centuries.

"Petite" does not necessarily refer to the size of the dogs, but refers to the French expression for hounds used for smaller game.

Health and temperament

No unusual health problems or claims of extraordinary health have been documented for this breed. Temperament of individual dogs may vary, but in general dogs bred to be pack hunting dogs do not make good pets.


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