|Fédération Cynologique Internationale|
|The Kennel Club|
Blue Gascony Basset(Basset Bleu de Gascogne)
Basset Bleu De Gascogne
Hound used to hunt with the gun, sometimes for coursing, as much on his own as in a pack. His preferred quarries are the rabbit and the hare.
|Group 6||Scent hounds and related breeds|
|Section 1.3||Scenthounds, Small-sized Hounds|
|With working trial|
Mrs. Peggy Davis.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY:
The breed was reborn at the end of the 19th century, under the instigation of some huntsmen from the West. Since then its evolution has been constant as much in the plan of necessary morphological improvement as in the preservation of the qualities of the dog from “the South (Midi)”.
Really typical Basset, denoting the great breed he comes from; quite substancial but yet not too heavy.
Smooth coated, athletic and aristocratic basset. Powerful but not too heavy.
Size/Body length about 5/8.
Depth of chest/size about 2/3.
Sagacious, lively hound possessing an excellent nose and a deep and sonorous voice.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT:
Very fine nose. Active, agile and lively. Intent in his way of hunting; endowed with a beautiful howling voice. Works perfectly in a pack. Affectionate and happy dog; need to frisk about.
Audacious, curious and affectionate but somewhat reserved.
Wedge shaped, not too wide, skull domed with well defined occipital point. Foreface long and slightly aquiline. Nose black with wide nostrils.
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.
Black, large; nostrils well open.
Same length as the skull; strong; nasal bridge slightly arched.
Strong jaws with a regular scissor bite, ie upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth, teeth and set square to the jaws. Black lips not exaggerated, slightly drooping, covering the lower jaw.
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.
Scissor bite. Incisors set square to the jaws.
Lean; the skin may show one or two folds.
Oval shaped, seem deep set; brown. Gentle expression, a little sad.
Oval, preferably dark brown. Sad and gentle expression.
Set below the eyeline, fine, curled in, ending in a point and extending just beyond the tip of the nose when drawn forward.
Characteristic of the “Blue” they are fine, curled in, ending in a point and must at least go beyond the extremity of the nose. The leather is narrow at its set-on, which is well below the eyeline.
Quite long, a little arched; dewlaps developed without excess.
Rather long, slightly arched with dewlaps showing but not excessive.
Chest deep extending to elbow with prominent sternum. Ribs well rounded. Back long, strong and level. Loin short and strong with slight arch. Can have slight tuck up.
Long, well supported.
Short, well coupled, sometimes arched.
Roomy, well developed in length; comes down below elbow level. Sternum quite prominent in front and well extended to the back. Ribs quite well sprung.
Strong set-on; carried sabre fashion; sometimes there should be some longer and coarser, slightly offstanding hairs (like ears of grain) towards the tip. At rest, its tip must just touch the ground.
Well set on, carried gaily, sickle fashion but reaching the ground when at rest. Broad at the base tapering to a point.
Forelegs strong, slight torsion may be tolerated up to semi-torsion (semi-crooked).
Forelegs strongly boned, straight or half crooked acceptable. Shoulders well muscled but not heavy, well laid with good slope to upper arm.
Muscled, without heaviness, and oblique.
Very close to the body.
Strong, oval with black pads and nails.
Of a slightly elongated oval, toes lean and tight. Pads and nails black.
From behind, a vertical line going from the point of the buttocks passing through the middle of the leg, the hock, the metatarsal and the foot.
Strong and muscular. Stifles slightly bent and hocks well let down. Rear pasterns parallel when viewed from behind and set in a line under the points of buttocks.
Long and muscled.
Large, slightly bent; quite let down.
Short and strong.
GAIT / MOVEMENT:
Balanced and quite easy.
Balanced and easy with noticeable drive from hindquarters.
Not too fine; supple. Black or strongly mottled with black patches, never entirely white. Mucous membranes (hairless zones) black.
Short; semi-thick; dense.
Short, dense and not too fine.
Entirely mottled (black and white) giving a slate blue effect; marked or not with more or less exended black patches. Two black patches are generally placed on either side of the head, covering the leathers, surrounding the eyes and stopping at the cheeks.
They do not meet on top of the skull, they leave a white interval in the middle of which is frequently found a small oval shaped black spot, typical of the breed. Two more or less bright tan markings are placed above the superciliary arches, giving a “quatreoeuillé” effect to the eyes. Also tan traces are found on the cheeks, the lips, the inner face of the leathers, on the legs and under the tail.
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. Above each eye a spot of tan gives breed a 'four-eyed' effect. Tan marks also found on cheeks, flews, inside ears, on legs and under tail. Some hounds completely mottled, but always have required tan marks.
Height at withers 30-38 cms (12-15 ins).
Height at withers:
Male and females 34-38 cm.
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: Skull too broad and flat; Round eye, globular; Leathers set high, broad, thick, round.
Body: Long, soft topline; lack of substance; Xiphoid appendage drawn in; Flat ribs.
Tail: Deviated tail.
Forequarters: Straight shoulder. Out at the elbows. Crooked pasterns, knuckling over. Splay feet.
Hindquarters: Cow hocks or barrel hocks seen from behind.
Hair: Short (smooth) and fine.
Colour: Tan too pale.
Behaviour: Timid subject.
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.
Frightened or aggressive subject.
Serious anatomical malformations.
Visible disabling effect.
Lack of type.
Over- or undershot mouth.
Body too long.
Deformation of ribs, absence of xiphoid appendage.
Frontlegs with more than semi-torsion.
Any other coat than that indicated in the standard.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.