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Blue Gascony Basset

(Basset Bleu de Gascogne)

Basset Bleu De Gascogne

Basset Bleu De Gascogne


ORIGIN

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FCI
France.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
24.01.1996.
KC
October 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
Hound used to hunt with the gun, sometimes for coursing, as much on his own as in a pack. His preferred quarries are the rabbit and the hare.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 6Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1.3Scenthounds, Small-sized Hounds
With working trial

KC
Hound
UKC
Scenthound

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Mrs. Peggy Davis.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The breed was reborn at the end of the 19th century, under the instigation of some huntsmen from the West. Since then its evolution has been constant as much in the plan of necessary morphological improvement as in the preservation of the qualities of the dog from “the South (Midi)”.
UKC
The Basset Bleu de Gascogne's historical rootstock is from the Grand Bleu de Gascogne, a Scenthound of ancient lineage. The existence of the Basset Bleu de Gascogne is supreme evidence of the antiquity of the parent breed and is, therefore, itself a very ancient and important breed when speaking of Basset varieties in general and Bleu de Gascogne hounds specifically. The Basset Bleu de Gascogne evolved directly from the Grand Bleu de Gascogne, shows certain signs of distinction, and reflects an aristocratic air shared with the parent breed. The Basset Bleu de Gascogne was recognized by the United Kennel Club in January 1991.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Really typical Basset, denoting the great breed he comes from; quite substancial but yet not too heavy.
KC
Smooth coated, athletic and aristocratic basset. Powerful but not too heavy.
UKC
The first and immediate impression of a Basset Bleu de Gascogne should be that of a hound with substance and staying power. Rather large, but not too heavy. A Basset (low-slung) hound of superior type, denoting great ancestry, reflecting in both form and action, the extreme physical and hunting characteristics of its ancient stem. Every point of the Basset Bleu de Gascogne is for a purpose relevant to preserving the breed and its uniqueness. Judges are asked to keep this fact in mind when evaluating the merits of an individual hound.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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FCI

Size/Body length about 5/8.
Depth of chest/size about 2/3.
KC
Sagacious, lively hound possessing an excellent nose and a deep and sonorous voice.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Very fine nose. Active, agile and lively. Intent in his way of hunting; endowed with a beautiful howling voice. Works perfectly in a pack. Affectionate and happy dog; need to frisk about.
KC
Audacious, curious and affectionate but somewhat reserved.
UKC
Active, agile and lively with a fine nose and strong hunting ability, excellent in a pack or on his own. Affectionate and happy.

HEAD

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KC
Wedge shaped, not too wide, skull domed with well defined occipital point. Foreface long and slightly aquiline. Nose black with wide nostrils.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Seen from the front, slightly domed and not too broad; the occipital protuberance is marked; seen from above, the back of the skull is ogival in shape. The forehead is full.
UKC
Slightly domed and not too wide. The occiput is well pronounced. The stop is hardly accentuated. The cheeks are lean and may show one or two folds of skin.

Stop

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FCI
Hardly accentuated.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black, large; nostrils well open.
UKC
Black and well developed.

Muzzle

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FCI
Same length as the skull; strong; nasal bridge slightly arched.
KC
Strong jaws with a regular scissor bite, ie upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth, teeth and set square to the jaws. Black lips not exaggerated, slightly drooping, covering the lower jaw.
UKC
As long as the skull and slightly aquiline. The lips are ample without exaggeration, giving the front part of the muzzle a square profile.

Lips

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FCI
Quite drooping, covering well the lower jaw; giving the front part of the muzzle a square profile. The corner of the lips is well marked without being loose.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Scissor bite. Incisors set square to the jaws.
UKC
Strong teeth, fitting evenly with a scissors bite.

Cheeks

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FCI
Lean; the skin may show one or two folds.

Eyes

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FCI
Oval shaped, seem deep set; brown. Gentle expression, a little sad.
KC
Oval, preferably dark brown. Sad and gentle expression.
UKC
Oval in shape, deep set and brown in color. The expression is gentle and slightly sad.

Ears

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KC
Set below the eyeline, fine, curled in, ending in a point and extending just beyond the tip of the nose when drawn forward.
UKC
Set on low and leaving the skull well. Long, fine and curling, coming at least to the end of the muzzle, and ending in a point.

Leathers

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FCI
Characteristic of the “Blue” they are fine, curled in, ending in a point and must at least go beyond the extremity of the nose. The leather is narrow at its set-on, which is well below the eyeline.

NECK

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FCI
Quite long, a little arched; dewlaps developed without excess.
KC
Rather long, slightly arched with dewlaps showing but not excessive.
UKC
Rather long and arched, with dewlap showing, but without excess.

BODY

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KC
Chest deep extending to elbow with prominent sternum. Ribs well rounded. Back long, strong and level. Loin short and strong with slight arch. Can have slight tuck up.
UKC
The body is longer than it is tall in a ratio of 8:5. The depth of the chest is two-thirds the height at the withers. The chest is roomy and long, extending below the elbows. The sternum is prominent and the ribs are well sprung. The back is long and well supported. The loin is short and sometimes arched, and the croup is slightly sloping. The body is deep at the flank.

Back

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FCI
Long, well supported.

Loin

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FCI
Short, well coupled, sometimes arched.

Croup

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FCI
Slightly oblique.

Chest

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FCI
Roomy, well developed in length; comes down below elbow level. Sternum quite prominent in front and well extended to the back. Ribs quite well sprung.

Flank

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FCI
Quite deep.

TAIL

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FCI
Strong set-on; carried sabre fashion; sometimes there should be some longer and coarser, slightly offstanding hairs (like ears of grain) towards the tip. At rest, its tip must just touch the ground.
KC
Well set on, carried gaily, sickle fashion but reaching the ground when at rest. Broad at the base tapering to a point.
UKC
Well attached, strong at the set on, and carried in saber fashion.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Forelegs strong, slight torsion may be tolerated up to semi-torsion (semi-crooked).
KC
Forelegs strongly boned, straight or half crooked acceptable. Shoulders well muscled but not heavy, well laid with good slope to upper arm.
UKC
The shoulders are oblique and well muscled without heaviness.

Shoulder

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FCI
Muscled, without heaviness, and oblique.

Elbow

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FCI
Very close to the body.

FORELEGS

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UKC
Strong, straight or with a slight crook. The elbows are very close to the body.

FEET

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KC
Strong, oval with black pads and nails.
UKC
A slightly elongated oval, with lean, tight toes and black pads and nails.

Forefeet

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FCI
Of a slightly elongated oval, toes lean and tight. Pads and nails black.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
From behind, a vertical line going from the point of the buttocks passing through the middle of the leg, the hock, the metatarsal and the foot.
KC
Strong and muscular. Stifles slightly bent and hocks well let down. Rear pasterns parallel when viewed from behind and set in a line under the points of buttocks.
UKC
Seen from behind, a vertical line will pass from the point of the buttocks through the middle of the leg, the hock joint, the rear pastern and the foot.

Thigh

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FCI
Long and muscled.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The thighs are long and muscular. The hock joint is large and slightly bent. The rear pasterns are short.

Hock joint

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FCI
Large, slightly bent; quite let down.

Rear pastern

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FCI
Short and strong.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Balanced and quite easy.
KC
Balanced and easy with noticeable drive from hindquarters.
UKC
Balanced and easy.

SKIN

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FCI
Not too fine; supple. Black or strongly mottled with black patches, never entirely white. Mucous membranes (hairless zones) black.
UKC
Black or white, but never completely white, but strongly speckled with black dots. The palate, lips, genitals and the soles of the feet are black.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Short; semi-thick; dense.
KC
Short, dense and not too fine.
UKC
Short, dense and semi-thick.

COLOUR

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FCI

Entirely mottled (black and white) giving a slate blue effect; marked or not with more or less exended black patches. Two black patches are generally placed on either side of the head, covering the leathers, surrounding the eyes and stopping at the cheeks.
They do not meet on top of the skull, they leave a white interval in the middle of which is frequently found a small oval shaped black spot, typical of the breed. Two more or less bright tan markings are placed above the superciliary arches, giving a “quatreoeuillé” effect to the eyes. Also tan traces are found on the cheeks, the lips, the inner face of the leathers, on the legs and under the tail.
KC
Black marked on a white base but covered entirely with black mottling which gives a blue appearance. Two black marks are found on head, covering each ear, enveloping eyes and stopping at cheeks. Above each eye a spot of tan gives breed a 'four-eyed' effect. Tan marks also found on cheeks, flews, inside ears, on legs and under tail. Some hounds completely mottled, but always have required tan marks.
UKC
Entirely black and white mottled, giving a slate blue effect, with or without black patches. Generally there are black patches on either side of the head that cover the ears, surround the eyes and stop at the cheeks. There is a white blaze in the middle of the skull which usually has a breed typical oval shaped black spot in its center. There are tan markings above the eyes, on the cheeks, lips, inside of the ears, on the legs and under the tail.

SIZE

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KC
Height at withers 30-38 cms (12-15 ins).
UKC
13 to 15 inches at the withers.

Height at withers

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FCI
Male and females 34-38 cm.

FAULTS

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FCI

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
Head: Skull too broad and flat; Round eye, globular; Leathers set high, broad, thick, round.
Short neck.
Body: Long, soft topline; lack of substance; Xiphoid appendage drawn in; Flat ribs.
Tail: Deviated tail.
Forequarters: Straight shoulder. Out at the elbows. Crooked pasterns, knuckling over. Splay feet.
Hindquarters: Cow hocks or barrel hocks seen from behind.
Hair: Short (smooth) and fine.
Colour: Tan too pale.
Behaviour: Timid subject.
KC
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.
UKC

Because the Basset Bleu de Gascogne is first and foremost a hunting hound, scars, the result of honorable wounds, shall not be considered faults, nor shall they be penalized by Judges. This includes cuts, nicks, notches on the ears, and/or ears that are frayed at the edges from working in brush, tall grass, etc.
Skull: Broad, flat skull.
Muzzle: Pointed muzzle.
Nose: Spotted nose.
Eyes: Light eyes. Round eyes.
Ears: Ears that are set high, broad, thick or round.
Neck: Short neck.
Forelegs: Straight shoulders. Out at the elbows. Crooked pasterns. Knuckling over.
Body: Soft topline. Flat ribs. Lack of substance.
Hind Legs: Cow hocks or barrel hocks.
Feet: Splayed feet.
Coat: Fine, smooth coat.
Color: Pale tan.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

Frightened or aggressive subject.
Serious anatomical malformations.
Visible disabling effect.
Lack of type.
Over- or undershot mouth.
Light eye.
Body too long.
Deformation of ribs, absence of xiphoid appendage.
Frontlegs with more than semi-torsion.
Any other coat than that indicated in the standard.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

Bilateral or unilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Any color other than described. Undershot or overshot bite. Front legs with more than a semi-crook. Lack of type. Serious anatomical malformations that cause a disabling effect. Any coat other than described.
Teeth: Undershot or overshot bite.
Forelegs: Front legs with more than a semi-crook.
Coat: Any coat other than described.
Color: Any color other than described.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.