Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Gascon saintongeois

Grand Gascon-Saintongeois


ORIGIN

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FCI
France.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
06.03.2007.

UTILISATION

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FCI
Great Gascon Saintongeois: Dog used for shooting and sometimes hunting big game but also hare; generally with the pack or alone as a sleuth.
Small Gascon Saintongeois: Versatile dog used for shooting. Its origins make it a hare specialist but also a good hunter of big game.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 6Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1.1Scenthounds, Large-sized Hounds
With working trial

UKC
Scenthound

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Jennifer Mulholland in collaboration with Raymond Triquet.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
Great Gascon Saintongeois: In the middle of the 19th century the Count Joseph de Carayon-Latour, wanting to regenerate the declining breed of the Hound of Saintonge, crossed the last descendants with the Bleu de Gascogne of Baron Ruble, thus creating the Gascon Saintongeois but causing the extinction of the Hound of Saintonge.
Small Gascon Saintongeois: In the middle of the 20th century some hunters from the South West of France selected the smallest subjects from their litters of Great Gascon Saintongeois and thus created this variety, intended originally for hare hunting.
UKC
This breed was created by Baron Joseph de Carayon-LaTour of Chateau Virelade, who came into possession of the only specimens of the Saintongeois hound to survive the French Revolution (one female and two males). (The Saintongeois is now considered an extinct breed.) These he mated with Grand Bleu de Gascognes from the kennel of the Baron de Ruble. The first-generation offspring were of such magnificent quality that the two men continued to breed in such manner, and the resulting descendants were given the name "Grand Gascon-Saintongeois". The Grand Gascon-Saintongeois was recognized by the United Kennel Club on January 1, 1993.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Great Gascon Saintongeois: Very well constructed dog, giving at the same time an impression of strength and elegance. Very French in type with regard to the head, coat and expression.
Small Gascon Saintongeois: Medium sized dog, well proportioned and distinguished.
UKC
The Grand Gascon-Saintongeois is a large hound, showing well the ancestry of the two breeds from which it developed. The breed immediately impresses with its great height, noble air and overall make-up, which serves to combine muscular force with elegance. The first and immediate impression of a Grand Gascon-Saintongeois should be that of a hound with substance and staying power. Considering the breed's hunting history, individual hounds should have moderate bone and ample muscle. Males are heavier than females. Defects such as bull necks, out at the elbows, loaded shoulders or a beef steer profile should not be confused with masculinity. Likewise, defects such as a shallow muzzle, poorly-formed chest, extremely narrow pelvic region and general frailty should not be confused with femininity. Because the Grand Gascon-Saintongeois 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.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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Height at the withers/scapular-ischial length, ratio 10/10.5.
Length of muzzle equal to that of the skull.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Pack hound par excellence, fine-nosed, wide-casting and endowed with a very sonorous voice. Joins the pack instinctively. Calm, affectionate and amenable to orders.
UKC
An excellent pack dog with a fine nose, wide casting and endowed with a sonorous voice. Calm, affectionate and agreeable.

HEAD

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FCI
The lines of the skull and the muzzle are divergent.
UKC
The top lines of the skull and the muzzle are divergent.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Seen from the front, domed and rather narrow; the occipital protuberance is well defined. Seen from above, the back of the skull is of a pronounced ogival shape.
UKC
Seen from the front, the skull is domed and rather narrow. The occiput is well defined. Seen from above, the back of the skull is slightly oval in shape. The stop is only slightly pronounced. The cheeks are lean.

Stop

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FCI
Only slightly pronounced.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black, well developed; nostrils well opened.
UKC
The nose is always black in color. The nostrils are open and well developed.

Muzzle

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FCI
Strong; slightly convex.
UKC
The muzzle is strong, the same length as the skull, and slightly convex. The lips cover the lower jaw and have closed corners. The edges of the lips are black.

Lips

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FCI
Covering the lower jaw; corners discreet. The edges of the lips are black.

Jaws/Teeth

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Scissor bite. Incisors are set well square to the jaws.
UKC
A full complement of strong, white even-fitting teeth meet in a scissors bite.

Cheeks

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Lean.

Eyes

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FCI
Oval shape; brown. Edges of eyelids are black. Gentle and trusting expression.
UKC
The eyes are oval in shape and brown in color. The eye rims are black. The expression is gentle and trusting.

Ears

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FCI
Fine and curled, they should reach at least the tip of the nose. Set on below the level of the eye and placed rather backwards, freeing the skull.
UKC
The thin ears are attached very low (below the line of the eye), and well back on the skull. They are well twisted inward and taper to a point. The ear leather length must reach at least to the tip of the nose, and is often longer.

NECK

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FCI
Of medium length and thickness. Slightly arched with little dewlap.
UKC
The neck is of medium length and thickness. It is rounded at the top, with only a slight amount of dewlap below.

BODY

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UKC
The chest is rather broad, long, and deep to the elbow. The ribs are slightly rounded and long. The back is firm and not excessively long. The loin is slightly arched and not too long. The croup is fairly long and slightly sloping. The flank is slightly tucked up.

Back

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Very taut, without excess in length.

Loin

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Well attached, slightly arched, quite muscular and not too long.

Croup

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Of good length, slightly sloping.

Chest

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Chest: Broad and long, reaching the elbow. Forechest rather broad.
Ribs: Slightly rounded and long.

Flank

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Slightly tucked up.

TAIL

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FCI
Strong set on; tapering well to the tip, reaching the point of the hock. Carried elegantly like a sabre.
UKC
The long tail is well attached and is carried elegantly in a saber fashion. It is thick at the base and tapers to a point.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Powerful forehand.
UKC
The shoulders are long, muscular and moderately oblique.

Shoulder

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Quite long, muscled; moderately oblique.

Elbow

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Close to the body.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The elbows are close to the body. The forearms have strong bone.

Forearm

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Strong bone.

FEET

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UKC
The feet are a slightly elongated oval. The pads and nails are black.

Forefeet

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Slightly elongated oval; toes lean and tight-fitting. Pads and nails black.

Hind feet

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See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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Well proportioned.
UKC
The hindquarters are well proportioned.

Thigh

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Long and well muscled.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The upper thigh is long and well muscled. The hocks are broad, well angulated and well let down.

Hock

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Broad, well angulated and well let down in line with the body.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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Regular and effortless.

SKIN

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Supple and not too thick. White with black patches.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Short and tight.
UKC
The coat is short and tight. The skin is supple and not too thick. It is white with black patches.

COLOUR

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FCI

The ground colour is white with black patches and sometimes speckled but not excessively. Two black patches are generally placed at either side of the head, covering the ears, surrounding the eyes and stopping at the cheeks. The cheeks are tan, preferably pale.
Two tan markings placed above the superciliary arches give the eyes a “quatroeillé” (four-eyed) appearance. Traces of tan are also found on the inner side of the ears and in speckles along the legs. Some fawn hairs may appear on the upper part of the ear but without giving the head a tricolour appearance. Sometimes at the base of the upper thigh there is a typical dead-leaf marking called “roe buck mark”.
UKC
White with black patches, sometimes openly speckled or ticked. The cheeks are pale tan and there are tan points above the eyes and traces of tan on the inside of the ears and in the form of specking on the legs. Some fawn hairs may appear on the upper part of the ears. Sometimes at the base of the upper thigh there is a typical dead leaf marking called a ‘roe buck mark’.

SIZE

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Height at withers

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FCI

Grand Gascon Saintongeois: Males 65 to 72 cm; Females 62 to 68 cm.
Small Gascon Saintongeois: Males 56 to 62 cm; Females 54 to 59 cm.
With tolerance of +/- 1 cm.
UKC
Height ranges, measured at the point of the withers, are: males, 25.5 to 28 inches; females, 24.5 to 27 inches.

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 Short; Broad skull; Ears short, high set; Absence of tan markings.
Body Lack of substance; Slack back; Croup falling away; Deviated tail.
Limbs Bone structure insufficiently developed; Shoulder too oblique or too straight; Splayed feet; Hind angulation straight; Cow hocked.
UKC
Ears: Pink or spotted nose.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

Aggressive or overly shy.
Lack of type and, in particular, broad and round skull.
Overshot or undershot mouth.
Light eyes.
Any other coat than that stipulated in the standard.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Overshot or undershot bite. Light (yellow) eyes. Any coat other than described in the standard.
Teeth: Overshot or undershot bite.
Eyes: Light (yellow) eyes.
Coat: Any coat other than described in the standard.


Anatomical Features of the dog

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