Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Small Gascony Blue

(Petit Bleu de Gascogne)

Petit 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 with the gun, sometimes for coursing. His favourite game is the hare, but he is also successfully well adapted for big game hunting.

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
It is a voluntary reduction in size of the Great Gascony Blue, certainly going back to the origin of this breed and linked directly to the utilization.
UKC
The Petit Bleu de Gascogne is a Scenthound of ancient lineage, eminently French, showing signs of certain distinction. They are descended from the original scenting dogs of Gaul and the Phoenician hound trade; specifically they developed from the Grand Bleu de Gascogne. They are generally used to hunt hare. Gascony Province, the area of their development, is located on the southwestern coast of France. Every point of the Petit Bleu de Gascogne is for a purpose relevant to preserving the breed and its uniqueness. Judges are asked by the sponsoring breed club to keep this fact in mind when evaluating the merits of the individual hound. The Petit Bleu de Gascogne was recognized by the United Kennel Club in January 1991.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Medium sized hound; well proportioned, distinguished.
UKC
The coat and expression combine to form an incomparable group. The standard for the Petit Bleu is essentially the same as that of the Grand Bleu, but the lines are shorter and there has been a reduction in size, giving a well-proportioned hound. The first and immediate impression of a Petit Bleu de Gascogne should be that of a hound with substance and staying power. Considering the breed’s long 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.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Fine nose, intent in his way of hunting, endowed with a beautiful voice; works well in a pack. Character calm and affectionate. Obeys orders easily.
UKC
A trail hound of moderate speed created after the demise of the wolf; has been successfully used to hunt deer, fox and hare. The Petit Bleu de Gascogne hunts in a leisurely, methodical manner, and possesses, in the extreme, a great amount of determination, tremendous endurance, desire, self confidence, sagacity, remarkable scenting ability, a deep, powerful melodious voice, a distinct coat color and an aristocratic form. Of even temperament, essentially friendly. Some individuals may be very outgoing, while others are somewhat reserved in nature, but never shy or vicious. As a hunting/working Scenthound breed and, being called upon to work in close proximity with other hounds and their handlers, aggression towards other hounds and people is to be considered a fault. Viciousness and extreme shyness are disqualifications.

HEAD

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UKC
Most refined, long and rather narrow.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Seen from the front, only very slightly domed without excessive width; the occipital protuberance is lightly marked; seen from above, the back of the skull is only slight pronounced ogival shape. The forehead is full.
UKC
Narrow rather than wide, and slightly convex. The occiput is well pronounced. The stop is only barely defined, even less so than in the Grand Bleu.

Stop

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FCI
Only very slightly accentuated.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Black, large; nostrils well open.
UKC
Black in color. Well developed.

Muzzle

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FCI
Same length as the skull, strong, nasal bridge often slightly arched.
UKC
Long, strong and slightly aquiline. The lips are pendulous, well covering the lower jaw. The corners of the lips are well marked.

Lips

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FCI
Not very thick and not very developed; the upper lip covers the lower lip.

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.

Eyes

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FCI
Oval shape, brown. Gentle expression.
UKC
Have visible eyelids. Somewhat deep and of a dark chestnut brown color. The lower lid is invariably loose, allowing a certain amount of the red mucous membrane area to be seen. The expression is somewhat sad, yet sweet and trusting.

Ears

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UKC
They are attached very low, and are thin. The length must reach at least to the tip of the nose, and is often longer.

Leathers

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FCI
Moderately fine, curled in; should, at least, reach the extremity of the nose.

NECK

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FCI
Of good length, with a slight dewlap.
UKC
Moderately long, slightly arched, with a well developed dewlap.

BODY

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UKC
The chest is long and broad and let down to elbow level. The forechest is well developed. The back is rather long but firm. The loin is short and broad and the croup is sloping, which emphasizes the hipbones. The flanks are deep and flat.

Back

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FCI
Well supported, firm.

Loin

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FCI
Well fused, without excess in length.

Croup

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FCI
Slightly sloping (oblique).

Chest

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FCI
Long, let down to elbow level; forechest quite broad. Ribs gently rounded.

Flank

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FCI
Flat and let down.

TAIL

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FCI
Slender, reaching the point of the hock. Carried proudly in sabre fashion.
UKC
Rather thick and long enough to reach the hock, with a slight brush towards the tip, the tail is carried in saber fashion.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Quite powerful.
UKC
The shoulder blades are long, well muscled and sloping.

Shoulder

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FCI
Muscled, moderately sloping.

Elbow

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FCI
Close to the body.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The legs are strongly boned and have prominent tendons. The elbows are close to the body.

Forearm

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FCI
Good bone structure.

FEET

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

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
Well proportioned.
UKC
The hindquarters are solidly built.

Thigh

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FCI
Quite long; muscled without excess.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The upper thighs are long and muscular. The hock is broad, slightly bent and well let down.

Hock joint

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FCI
Large, slightly bent, well let down.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Regular and easy.
UKC
Regular and easy.

SKIN

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FCI
Supple. Black or strongly marbled with black patches, never entirely white. Mucous membranes (hairless zone) black.
UKC
Black or white, but never completely white, but strongly speckled with black dots. The palate, lips, soles of the feet and the sex organs are black.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Short, semi-thick; dense (profuse).
UKC
Short, thick and very dense.

COLOUR

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FCI
Entirely mottled (black and white) giving a slate blue colouring 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 up on the top of the skull; they leave a white interval in the middle of which is frequently found a small black oval shaped spot, typical of the breed. Two, more or less bright tan markings are placed above the superciliary arches giving the eyes a “quatreoeuillé” effect. There are also traces of tan on the cheeks, the lips, the inner face of the leathers, on the legs and under the tail.
UKC
Entirely mottled black and white, which gives a slate blue effect, marked or not with black patches. There are generally two black patches on either side of the head that cover the ears and eyes and stop at the cheeks, not meeting at the top of the skull but leaving a white blaze which often has a small, black oval spot in the center. There are bright tan markings above the eyes, on the cheeks, lips, inside of the ears, legs and under the tail.

SIZE

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UKC
Measured at the point of the withers. Males: 22 to 24 inches. Females: 20 to 22 inches. If character, proportion and quality are evident in an individual hound, a deviation of one inch above the height requirement will be accepted.

Height at withers

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FCI

Males 52 to 58 cm.
Females 50 to 56 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: Short. Skull too flat, too narrow or too broad. Leathers short, high set, insufficiently curled in.
  • Body: Too long; slack topline; lack of substance. Croup falling away.
  • Tail: Tail deviated.
  • Limbs: Bone structure insufficiently developed. Shoulder straight. Cow hocks, seen from behind. Splayed feet.
  • Behaviour: Timid subject.
UKC
Because the Petit 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.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

Frightened or aggressive subject.
Lack of type.
Visible disabling defect.
Serious anatomical malformation.
Over-or undershot mouth.
Light eyes.
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. Lack of type. Serious anatomical malformations that cause a disabling effect. Any coat other than described. Undershot or overshot bite. Yellow eyes.
Teeth: Undershot or overshot bite.
Eyes: Yellow eyes.
Coat: Any coat other than described.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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