Breeds 101

Basset Bleu de Gascogne


Basset Bleu de Gascogne was recorded within the 14th century within the Basque region of Gascony in southwest France.

They have been recorded in paintings from the 14th century in Gascony.

The breed’s origins are lost; One theory is that it is a cross of the Grand Bleu with the Saintongeois Basset; Another theory is that the Basset Bleu is a natural mutation of the Grand Bleu combined with selective breeding for shorter legs to slow down the breed.

This breed was popular for many years, however was virtually extinct by the 20th century till a French breeding program was begun.

Today’s Basset Bleu de Gascogne is a recreation of the original breed by the French breeder Alain Bourbon.

The Basset Bleu has a good voice and a fine nose; it is an excellent companion and hunter, suitable for either town or countryside.

This dog is not difficult to obedience train, and can make a moderately good watchdog.

With its relatively short coat, it is sensitive to the cold.

It is susceptible to gastric torsion, a life-threatening condition when the stomach twists on itself, usually after a large meal.


12 to 15 inches; 35 to 45 pounds.


Mottled black and white.


This dog is very sociable; peaceful, intelligent, people-oriented; most of the breed is friendly to strangers, some are back and reserved within the company of unknown people; The Basset Bleu’s howl is distinctive. It is deep-throated, rich and sonorous, almost musical.

Energy level:


Best owner:

A patient owner in suburban home. It is a breed that may tend to be stubborn at time so the Obedience training is suggested as necessary.


It needs regular exercise for a minimum of an hour; it likes to run and explore, though a leash is recommended, because the Basset Bleu is difficult to recall once it decides to follow a scent; minimal grooming and weekly brushing; ears should be checked and must be cleaned time to time.

Life expectancy:

12 to 14 years.