Griffon Bleu De Gascogne

Temperament:

Active, enterprising, alert
Size: Medium
Height: 48-57 cm
Weight: 29 kg
Lifespan: 12 years
Coat: Medium Hair
Colors: Black and white, blue, gray
FCI Group: Scent hounds and related breeds

The Griffon bleu de Gascogne is a recognized dog breed from the southwest of France. It is assigned by the FCI to group 6 and is a running and hunting dog. On the hunt he is used either in a pack or alone. He is very active and likes to hunt. His prey animals are mainly wild boars, deer and also red deer.

Griffon Bleu De Gascogne
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Characteristics

This dog breed is very elegant in appearance. The fur noses have a rough coat and very distinctive, hanging floppy ears. On the skull, the hard and shaggy fur is slightly shorter than on the rest of the body. The hair of this breed is shortest on the ears.

The shade of his coat has a characteristic slate blue shimmer. This is where the name of this dog breed comes from. "Bleu" is in fact the French word for blue. This effect comes from the complete black and white mottling of the Griffon bleu de Gascogne.

A Griffon bleu de Gascogne female reaches a height at withers between 48 and 55 centimeters. Male specimens grow slightly larger. They can reach up to 57 centimeters in height. The quadrupeds should not exceed a weight of 29 kilograms. With these dimensions, the Griffon bleu de Gascogne belongs to the medium-sized running dogs.

The Griffon bleu de Gascogne will be your companion for many years. Its life expectancy is usually at least 12 years.

The quadrupeds have very sharpened and distinctive senses. Nervousness, however, is a foreign word for them. As long as the hunting instinct of the Griffon bleu de Gascogne is not awakened, he is very calm and cuddly. With a Griffon bleu de Gascogne you also gain a very people-friendly dog for yourself. In addition, this breed has an extremely enterprising character. The dogs are bright and lively.

When hunting, the Griffon bleu de Gascogne impresses with its tenacity. He is very eager to do so and can make decisions independently. Overall, the Griffon bleu de Gascogne is considered a dog with a very strong will of its own. This is a quality that makes the quadruped very charming for you.

Within the hunting work this breed is not a blunt command follower. The dogs think for themselves and do not just wait for you to give them instructions. The fur nose does its tasks extremely conscientiously and is considered a very resilient working dog. In doing so, your four-legged friend always proceeds with enormous commitment.

As an original pack dog, the Griffon bleu de Gascogne loves the company of other dogs. But the French breed also loves being with us two-legged friends more than anything. Thus, joint excursions in the countryside always become a wonderful and unforgettable experience.

Of course, you should always keep in mind that the Griffon bleu de Gascogne is a hunting dog. This has of course appropriate drives. Always have an eye on his natural dispositions when you are on the road with your darling.

As you may have guessed, this dog breed is not suitable as a city dog. In the apartment, the Griffon bleu de Gascogne becomes unhappy in the long run. The pelt-nose would like to live out his urges most of all on the hunt.

Apart from that, your darling does not make particularly high demands on you in his attitude. He will like it best if you have a large house with a garden in the country or near a forest.

The dog does not shy away from any weather and is a faithful companion to you even on wet and cold days. Alone, however, the Griffon bleu de Gascogne is very reluctant. He loves the company of his master and mistress. This breed is also extremely friendly and peaceable towards children.

The breed is considered very inquisitive and eager to learn. Due to its great independence, you should always bring the necessary patience in the education. The Griffon bleu de Gascogne is approved by the hunting dog association for all tests and can even be trained as a search dog.

Coat care:

Little
Medium
Intensive

Shedding:

Little
Medium
Intensive

Energy level:

Little
Medium
High

Trainability:

Little
Medium
Good

Children suitable:

Less
With supervision
Perfect

The right food

The four-legged friend is also pleasant in his diet Undemanding. As long as he tolerates the chosen food well and this contains all the necessary nutrients, your pelt nose is wishfully happy.

Griffon Bleu De Gascogne Care

Your new favorite has the advantage of being exceedingly low-maintenance is. If you brush your treasure once a week, this is quite sufficient. Another plus point is that the Griffon bleu de Gascogne does not have any hereditary diseases typical of the breed.

Suitable accessories

Get all the necessary items for hunting training. This may include dummy game or special scents. A leash, toys and brushes should also be in your repertoire.

Petit Bleu de Gascogne history

Origin & History

The Griffon bleu de Gascogne has its roots in the southwest of France, more precisely in the Pyrenees. It originated from a cross between the long-haired Griffon and the Grand Bleu de Gascogne. By the way, the Grand Bleu De Gascogne is very similar in origin to the Petit Bleu De Gascogne. He stands in a long tradition of French hunting dog breeding. Since 1963 the Griffon bleu de Gascogne is officially recognized by the FCI.

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