Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Blue Gascony Griffon

(Griffon Bleu de Gascogne)

Griffon Bleu de Gascogne


ORIGIN

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FCI
France.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
24.01.1996.

UTILISATION

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FCI
Multipurpose hound used for hunting the hare with the gun. His keenness and fine nose make of him also a precious assistant in the tracking of the wild boar.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 6Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1.2Scenthounds, Medium-sized Hounds
With working trial

UKC
Scenthound

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Mrs. Peggy Davis.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
Of very ancient Pyrenean origin, he is the offspring of the crossing of a medium sized Gascony Blue with a Griffon. After having practically disappeared from the official dog fancy, the breed is actually experiencing an important revival.
UKC
The Griffon Bleu de Gascogne is a breed of very ancient Pyrenean origin. It is the result of crossing a medium sized Gascony Blue with a Griffon. After having nearly become extinct, the breed is experiencing a considerable revival. It is used to hunt hare and wild boar. The Griffon Bleu de Gascogne was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1991.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Griffon of rustic appearance, solidly built, being halfway between the two breeds from which he is issued.
UKC
A medium sized, solidly built Griffon of rustic appearance.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Fine nose, good voice, intent in his way of hunting, but also full of keenness and enterprise. Temperament alert, even overwhelmingly agitated but yet affectionate.
UKC
Alert, keen and enterprising, the Griffon Blue de Gascogne has a fine nose and a good voice and is an intent hunter, yet it is affectionate.

HEAD

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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 lightly marked. Seen from above, the back of the skull is ogival in shape. The forehead is full.
UKC
The skull is slightly domed and not too broad. The occiput is lightly marked. The forehead is full and the stop is not accentuated.

Stop

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FCI
Not very accentuated.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black, large, nostrils well open.
UKC
Large and black, with well opened nostrils.

Muzzle

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FCI
Practically the same length as that of the skull. Nasal bridge straight or slightly arched.
UKC
Approximately the same length as the skull, the muzzle has a straight or slightly arched nasal bridge. The cheeks are lean. The lips are lightly developed, but cover the lower jaw.

Lips

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FCI
Lightly developed but covering the lower jaw.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Scissor bite. Incisors set square to the jaws.
UKC
The Griffon Bleu de Gascogne has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.

Cheeks

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FCI
Lean.

Eyes

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FCI
Oval shape; dark chestnut. Very expressive and lively.
UKC
The eyes are oval in shape, and dark chestnut in color, with a lively expression.

Ears

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UKC
The ears are set just below eye level. They are supple and lightly curled and slightly pointed. They must reach nearly to the nose without going beyond it.

Leathers

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FCI
Supple, curled in without excess, very slightly pointed; must reach the beginning of the nose without going beyond its extremity. Set just below the eyeline.

NECK

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FCI
Rather slender, with a little dewlap.
UKC
The neck is slender, with a little dewlap.

BODY

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UKC
The chest is well developed. The ribs are rounded. The back is short and firm, and the loin is muscular and slightly arched. The croup is very slightly sloping, and the flank is lightly tucked up.

Back

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FCI
Well supported, firm; short.

Loin

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FCI
Muscled, slightly arched.

Croup

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FCI
Very slightly oblique.

Chest

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FCI
Well developed. Ribs rounded without exaggeration.

Flank

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FCI
Full; underline slightly tucked up towards the back.

TAIL

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FCI
Quite hairy; just reaching the point of the hock; well set; carried gaily sabre fashion.
UKC
Well set on, and long enough just to reach the hock, the tail is well covered with hair and is carried gaily in saber fashion.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Strong and vertical legs, the whole without heaviness.
UKC
The shoulders are sloping and muscular.

Shoulder

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FCI
Quite oblique and muscled.

Elbow

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FCI
Close to body.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The elbows are close to the body. The legs are strong and vertical, without coarseness.

Forearm

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FCI
Strong.

FEET

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UKC
Oval in shape, with lean, tight toes and black pads and nails.

Forefeet

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FCI
Oval shape, toes lean and tight. Pads and nails black.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Vertical and parallel legs. Hindquarters well developed.
UKC
The hindquarters are muscular.

Thigh

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FCI
Well muscled.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The legs are strong, straight and parallel. The hocks are well let down.

Hock

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FCI
Well let down.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Supple and lively.
UKC
Supple and lively.

SKIN

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FCI
Quite thick, supple. Black or strongly marbled with black patches, never entirely white. Mucous membranes (hairless zones) black.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Hard, rough and shaggy. A little shorter on the head where the eyebrows, quite bushy, do not cover the eyes. Much shorter and flat on the leathers.
UKC
Hard, rough and shaggy, the coat is shorter on the head and ears. Bushy eyebrows do not cover the eyes.

COLOUR

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FCI
Entirely mottled (black and white) giving a slate blue effect; marked or not with more or less extended black patches. Two black patches are generally placed at 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 little black oval shaped spot, typical of the breed. There are two more or less bright tan markings above the superciliary arches giving a “quatroeuillé” effect to the eyes. Equally one finds traces of tan on the cheeks, the lips, the inner face of the leathers, on the legs and under the tail.
UKC
Black and white mottled, with or without solid black patches. There is a white blaze on the face and typical tan markings are found on the head, legs and under the tail.

SIZE

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Height at withers

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FCI

Males 50 to 57 cm.
Females 48 to 55 cm.
UKC
Height at the withers for males is 19.5 to 22.5 inches. For females, it is 19 to 21.5 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 too short.
  • Head: Skull too broad. Muzzle snipey. Leathers too long, too hairy. Eye light brown. Conjunctiva visible.
  • Body: Long; soft topline. Croup falling away.
  • Tail: Deviated or too short.
  • Behaviour: Timid subject.
UKC
Eyes: Light eyes.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

Frightened or aggressive subject.
Lack of type.
Serious anatomical malformation.
Visibling disabling defect.
Over- or undershot mouth.
Light eye.
Wolly or curly coat.
Any other coat than that indicated 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. Woolly or curly coat.
Teeth: Overshot or undershot bite.
Coat: Woolly or curly coat.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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