Facts & Origin
General information about the Blue Gascony Griffon
The French dog breed Griffon bleu de Gascogne is assigned to FCI group 6 and section 1.2, under standard number 32. The running dog is also often referred to as the Blue Gascogne Griffon and it is one of the dogs of the Southwest, also called "Chiens du Midi". This group includes, among others, various Bracken and running dogs, in whose veins flows exclusively purebred French blood. The dogs grow between 48 and 57 cm tall, with an average weight of 29 kg. The French hunting dogs are very lively and outgoing dogs that will enchant you with their affection.
Origin and history
The Blue Gascony Griffon has its origin in the Pyrenees and the entire southwest of France. It was used there as a traditional hunting dog and was selectively bred according to its function as early as the Middle Ages. In the hunt the medium sized dog acted alone or in a pack as a hunter or tracker. This dog breed was threatened with extinction for a very long time, but by crossing with other dog breeds, the genes of the Griffon bleu de Gascogne could be preserved and the performance of the hunting dogs could be optimized. The pedigree of the cheerful hunter is marked by breeds such as the Petit Blue de Gascogne, the St. Hubertus dog and various Griffons. In 1963, the Griffon bleu de Gascogne, known today, was finally recognized.
|Alternate Name||Griffon bleu de Gascogne|
|Life expectancy||10 - 12 years|
|FCI group||Scent hounds|
|AKC group||not recognised|
|KC group||not recognised|
Attitude, character and temperament of the breed
The Griffon bleu de Gascogne character
The temperament of the Griffon bleu de Gascogne is characterized by curiosity, alertness and joie de vivre. The hunting dog possesses a wide awake sense, however, any nervousness is far from it. The hunting instinct is very pronounced in this breed, but away from the hunt these dogs are affectionate, calm and gentle creatures. It is comfortable in larger groups, as it used to be when chasing. Spending time in nature brings this alert Frenchman plenty of joy.
Husbandry and use
When keeping the Griffon bleu de Gascogne, there are a few things you should consider and keep in mind. Since this breed is dominated by hunting and the outdoors, these dogs need a lot of exercise and exposure. Unlike other hunting dogs, their hunting instinct is very strong and they definitely need regular physical and mental demands. You should definitely not keep your Griffon bleu de Gascogne as a pure companion or family dog in the city. This breed has an enormous need for nature and freedom if it is considered to be well behaved. The Griffon bleu de Gascogne is best suited for various types of training, as it is very intelligent, calm and collected. The Griffon bleu de Gascogne is often used as:
- Rescue and protection dog
- Hunting dog (especially for hunting and tracking)
- Therapy dog
- Avalanche search dog
- Tracking dog
- Police dog
- Search and companion dog of the German Armed Forces
Breeding and buying Griffon bleu de Gascogne
If you are enthusiastic about the Griffon bleu de Gascogne and are looking for a good breeder, please have a look at the VDH directory. This breed is rarely found in Germany and is hardly ever kept as companion dogs. Inform yourself early enough at a breeder.
Description and characteristics
The appearance of the medium sized hunting dog is one of strength and robustness. This breed is most likely to catch your eye with its rough textured coat. The Griffon bleu de Gascogne's large floppy ears are also very distinctive and accentuate its face, which is also notable for its thick eyebrows. If you are looking for a cuddly cuddly dog, the Griffon bleu de Gascogne is not a suitable partner for you. Although it is very cuddly, its coat is hard, shaggy and rough. It is short to medium in length and is black and white spotted in most cases. The eponymous slate blue sheen gives the dogs something magical and elegant.
|Ear shape||Floppy Ear|
|Size ♀||48 - 55 cm|
|Weight ♀||20 - 30 kg|
|Size ♂||48 - 57 cm|
|Weight ♂||20 - 30 kg|