Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Great Gascony Blue

(Grand Bleu de Gascogne)

Grand Bleu De Gascogne


ORIGIN

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FCI
France.

UITGEGEVEN

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FCI
24.01.1996.
KC
October 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
Scenthound used for hunting with the gun and sometimes for coursing big game, but also hare hunting, generally in a pack or individually as a tracking hound.

CLASSIFICATION

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Groep 6Scent hounds and related breeds
Sectie 1.1Scenthounds, Large-sized Hounds
With working trial

KC
Hound

TRANSLATION

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FCI
Mrs. Peggy Davis.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
He is of a very old breed; contemporary of the St.Hubert-Hounds he composed, in the 14th century, the packs of Gaston FEBUS, Comte (count) de Foix who used him to hunt the wolf, the bear or the boar.
Very widespread in the South (midi) and South-West of France, particularly in Gascony, from where he takes his name; he is at the origin of all the scenthounds named « from the South » (du midi).

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Ancient breed of dog, of outstanding French type when it comes to the head, the coat and the expression. Imposing, giving an impression of calm strength and of great nobleness.
KC
One of the larger French hunting hounds with aristocratic long head, characteristic head markings and distinctive colour.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
Highly developed sense of smell and deep bay.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Very fine nose; endowed with a sonorous howling voice, with deep tones. Very intent in his way of hunting. Instinctively a pack hound. Temperament calm; obeys orders easily.
KC
Gentle and kind.

HEAD

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KC
Large, long and distinguished. Occiput pronounced. Slight stop, loose skin covering head and forming one or two wrinkles along cheeks, lips pendulous and well pigmented. Black palate. Excessive loose skin to be penalised.

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.

Stop

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Slightly accentuated.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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Black, well developed; nostrils well opened.

Muzzle

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Of equal length to that of the skull; strong; nasal bridge slightly arched.
KC
Jaws strong, with a perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

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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Scissor bite. Incisors set well square to the jaws.

Cheeks

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Lean; the skin shows one or two folds.

Eyes

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Oval shape; appear slightly sunken beneath thick eyelids; brown. The lower lid sometimes shows a certain looseness. Expression gentle and a little sad.
KC
Dark chestnut colour, not prominent. Sad, trusting expression.

Ears

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KC
Set below the eyeline, fine, curled in, ending in a point and extending to just beyond the tip of nose when drawn forward.

Leathers

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FCI
Characteristic of the « blue dog » they are fine, curled in, ending in a point and must reach beyond the extremity of the nose. The leather is narrow at its base which is situated well below the eyeline.

NECK

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FCI
Moderately long; slightly arched; dewlap developed.
KC
Medium length, rounded, carrying moderate dewlap.

BODY

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KC
Chest well developed, being long, wide and deep. Ribs moderately rounded; back rather long and muscular. Flanks deep and wide.

Back

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Rather long but well supported (firm).

Loin

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Well fused.

Croup

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Slightly sloping, emphasizing the haunches.

Chest

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Long, broad; let down to elbow level. Forechest broad. Ribs moderately rounded and long.

Flank

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Flat and well let down.

TAIL

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FCI
Rather thick, sometimes there may be some longer and coarser, slightly offstanding hairs (like ears of grain) towards the tip; reaching the point of the hock; strong at its root; carried sabre fashion.
KC
(Stern) Well set on, rather thick, fairly long and carried sickle fashion.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Powerful forehand.
KC
Strong, straight and well boned. Elbows close to body, shoulders well laid and muscular.

Shoulder

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Quite long and muscled, well sloping.

Elbow

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Close to the body.

FORELEGS

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Forearm

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Strong bone structure; tendons prominent.

FEET

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Long, oval, deep and well padded.

Forefeet

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Of a slight elongated oval; toes lean and tight. Pads and nails black.

Hind feet

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See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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Solidly built.
KC
Broad and well muscled. Hocks low to ground, set wide apart and parallel. Sloping croup. Prominent hip bones.

Thigh

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Long and muscled.

HIND LEGS

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Hock

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Broad, slightly bent, well let down.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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Regular and easy.
KC
Loose limbed and long striding.

SKIN

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

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Short, quite thick; very dense.
KC
Smooth, weather resistant and not too short.

COLOUR

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FCI

Entirely mottled (black and white) giving a slate blue colouring effect; either 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 there is often a small black oval spot, typical of the breed.
Two more or less bright tan markings are placed above the superciliary arches giving a « quatreoeillé » appearance to the eyes. There are also traces of tan on the cheeks, lips, 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. Blaze also mottled, but a small black mark is often found on skull, a characteristic of the breed. Above each eye a spot of tan gives breed ‘four-eyed’ effect. Tan marks also found on cheeks, lips, inside ears, on legs and under tail. Some hounds completely mottled, but always have required tan marks.

SIZE

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Height: dogs: 64-70 cms (25-271/2 ins); bitches: 60-65 cms (231/2-251/2 ins).

Height at withers

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Males 65 to 72 cm.
Females 62 to 68 cm.

FAULTS

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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. Skull too flat or too narrow. Leathers set high, short, insufficiently curled in.
  • Body: Lack of substance. Slack (soft) back. Rump falling away.
  • Tail: Deviated tail.
  • Limbs: Cowhocks seen from behind. Splayed feet. Bone structure insufficiently developed. Straight shoulder. Splayed feet. Cow hocks, seen from behind.
  • Coat (Hair): Too fine and short.
  • 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.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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  • Frightened or aggressive subject.
  • Lack of type.
  • Visible disabling (invalidating) defect.
  • Serious anatomical malformation.
  • Over- or undershot mouth.
  • Light eye.
  • Any coat other than that indicated in the standard.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.


Anatomische eigenschappen van de hond

N.B.:

Reuen moeten twee duidelijk normale testikels hebben die volledig in het scrotum zijn ingedaald.