Petit Gascon Saintongeois

Petit Gascon Saintongeois Breed description: Character & Co

Petit Gascon Saintongeois


Origin & Origins

The Petit Gascon Saintongeois has its roots in the historic Saintonge region of France. He is the result of crossing Bracken dogs from the southwest of France with local dogs. His ancestors can be traced back to the Middle Ages, making him one of the oldest French running dogs.

Historical development

  • Middle Ages: First mentions of the Petit Gascon Saintongeois can be found in medieval texts praising his abilities as a hunting dog.
  • 19th century: Over time, hunters developed a preference for larger dogs, leading to the creation of the Grand Gascon Saintongeois. Nevertheless, the Petit Gascon remained popular for its adaptability and efficiency in hunting in smaller forests.
  • 20th Century: Despite its declining popularity in the hunting community, the Petit Gascon Saintongeois was still highly prized in rural areas of France. In recent decades, however, it has regained popularity, both as a working dog and as a family member.

Suitability & Use

The Petit Gascon Saintongeois was originally bred to hunt rabbits, but he has proven to be a versatile hunting dog that can work alone or in a pack.

  • Hunting Instincts: His keen hearing and persistence make him an excellent tracking dog.
  • Family Dog: In addition to his hunting aptitude, he has established himself as a loving and patient family dog, especially in rural areas.
  • Sports & Activities: Due to his energy and intelligence, he is also suitable for dog sports such as agility or obedience.


The Petit Gascon Saintongeois is a witness to history that has adapted to different living and working conditions over the centuries. Whether as a faithful hunting companion or a loving family member, he brings joy and dynamism to any household.

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Small Gascon Saintongeois dog running on grass SMALL GASCON SAINTONGEOIS DOG, THREE ADULTS IN A HORSE BOX Little gascon, female, standing on grass
Alternate Name Little Gascon Saintongeois
Origin France
Life expectancy 9 - 15 years
Care requirements low-maintenance
Activity level average to high
FCI group Scent hounds
AKC group not recognised
KC group Scenthound Group

A friendly nature

The Petit Gascon Saintongeois is characterized by an exceptionally friendly and gentle nature. In the family, he is affectionate and often seeks close contact with his people. This dog forms a close bond with his owners and loves to be part of the family's daily routine.

Loyalty & Intelligence

This breed is not only friendly, but also highly intelligent and eager to learn. With the right motivation and consistent training, they are easy to train and can even learn a few tricks. Their loyalty makes them loyal companions who will always stand by their owners' side.

Social Behavior

  • With other dogs: The Petit Gascon Saintongeois usually gets along well with other dogs, thanks to its balanced and sociable nature.
  • With children: His gentle nature and patience make him an excellent family dog who gets along especially well with children.
  • Hunting Instinct: Originally bred as a hunting dog, he has a strong hunting instinct. This should be kept in mind during walks, especially in areas with lots of game.

Activity Level

The Petit Gascon Saintongeois is an energetic dog that needs plenty of exercise and mental stimulation. Long walks, playtime and exercise sessions are ideal to keep him happy and balanced.


The Petit Gascon Saintongeois is a dog with a golden heart. His friendly nature, combined with intelligence and loyalty, makes him an ideal companion for families, singles and seniors alike. With proper care, training and enough activity, this dog will become a loyal friend for life.



The Petit Gascon Saintongeois has a short but dense coat that requires regular grooming.

  • Coat Care: At least once a week, the coat should be brushed to remove dead hair and massage the skin.
  • Ears: Since the Petit Gascon Saintongeois has drooping ears, they should be checked and cleaned regularly to prevent infection.
  • Claws & Paws: Claws should be trimmed as needed and paws should be checked for injuries after walks.


In general, the Petit Gascon Saintongeois is a robust dog, but as with many breeds, there are health issues that should be considered.

  • Hip Dysplasia: Some specimens may be prone to hip problems, so regular vet visits and careful breeding are important.
  • Diet: A balanced diet plan is critical to the overall health and longevity of the dog. Excess weight should be avoided.


When breeding the Petit Gascon Saintongeois, special emphasis is placed on character, health and typical appearance.

  • Health tests: Before breeding, both parents should be tested for known genetic diseases.
  • Character: A stable and friendly character is especially important to maintain the friendly and balanced nature of the breed.
  • Standard: Breeding should always be done according to the breed standard in order to preserve and pass on the typical characteristics of the Petit Gascon Saintongeois.


The Petit Gascon Saintongeois is an impressive dog that deserves special attention in terms of both care and health. Responsible handling of the breed, both in keeping and breeding, will ensure that these wonderful dogs can live long and healthy lives.

Little Gascon Saintongeois, male standing on grass

The Petit Gascon Saintongeois is immediately noticed for its short, dense and fine coat. This coat not only provides protection from the elements, but also gives him his characteristic appearance.

  • Color: Main colors are black and white, often in the form of black spots on a white background. Sometimes brown markings can be found on the eyes and muzzle.


The Petit Gascon Saintongeois impresses with its elegant and harmonious appearance. His head is finely marked, with a gentle expression in the eyes. The ears are of medium length, slightly folded and hang down elegantly, giving the dog a special grace.

Size & Weight


  • Males: measure in the range of 52 to 58 cm
  • Bitches: usually measure between 50 and 56 cm


Although smaller than his "big brother", the Grand Gascon Saintongeois, the Petit Gascon Saintongeois weighs in at a handsome weight.

  • Weight range: between 18 and 24 kg. Males can be somewhat heavier than females.


The Petit Gascon Saintongeois is a charming, smaller running dog that captivates with its fine coat and harmonious appearance. Despite its smaller size, it shows itself to be powerful and robust, making it an ideal hunting companion in a variety of terrains. His short and dense coat, coupled with his elegant appearance, makes him a real eye-catcher in the world of running dogs.

Fur length short
Fur flat coated
Ear shape Floppy Ear
Tail lang
Anatomy rugged
Size ♀ 54 - 59 cm
Weight ♀ 20 - 25 kg
Size ♂ 56 - 62 cm
Weight ♂ 20 - 25 kg
Suitable For -

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