Basset Bleu De Gascogne
The sequence follows FCI breed standard.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID STANDARD
: October 2009
: Smooth coated, athletic and aristocratic basset. Powerful but not too heavy.
: Sagacious, lively hound possessing an excellent nose and a deep and sonorous voice.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT
: 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.
: 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.
: 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.
: 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.
: Well set on, carried gaily, sickle fashion but reaching the ground when at rest. Broad at the base tapering to a point.
: Forelegs strongly boned, straight or half crooked acceptable. Shoulders well muscled but not heavy, well laid with good slope to upper arm.
: Strong, oval with black pads and nails.
: 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.
GAIT / MOVEMENT
: Balanced and easy with noticeable drive from hindquarters.
: Short, dense and not too fine.
: 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).
: 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.
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.