The breed was almost lost after the wolves disappeared. Due to the breeds large size they were too expensive for the common people to own. Most of the Grand Bleu’s belonged to nobles and aristocrats. Without the primary game for them to hunt interest in the breed was very limited. There were smaller and varied versions of the breed developed to fit into other areas of hunting.The bleu color was developed to help them deal with the hot dry temperatures in the south of France. The bleu is said to help reflect the sun and keep them from over heating while they are hunting.
The breed has a deep chest and long legs that give them tremendous stamina and endurance. They are bred to cover very long distances on very cold tracks. Grand Bleus will hunt for hours pacing them selves at a moderate speed. They do not get in a hurry about anything. This has limited their popularity in the United States as coon houndsbecause they do not keep up with the smaller hot nosed dogs used in competition. They are also primarily a ground game dog not wanting to “tree” raccoons.
Credit; Blue Sage Kennels – USA.
THE GRAND BLEU DE GASCOGNE CLUBS
Be aware that club officers do change but those listed here can usually help you find the current secretary or appropriate.
French Grand Bleu de Gascogne Club – http://www.clubbleugascogne.free.fr/
Grand Bleu de Gascogne Club – http://www.clubbleudegascogne.it/
Związek Kynologiczny w Polsce – http://email@example.com/
Bleu De Gascogne Club Of Great Britain – http://www.christinewicks.webs.com/bleudegascogneclubs.htm
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