American Blue Gascon Hound

75-95 lbs
25-28"
United States
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The American Blue Gascon Hound is a large scenthound that was developed in the United States from the Grand Bleu de Gascon breed that was developed in France. These dogs are skilled at tracking, chasing, and bringing down all sorts of game, from boars to squirrels, and they tend to have the loud characteristic vocalizations of the baying hound, making them better neighbors from a distance. As a member of the household, they are typically very energetic and are known to be particularly loyal and affectionate to the human and canine members of the family, but may not be considered trustworthy around other animals. 

Purpose
Hunting, Scenthound
Date of Origin
1976
Ancestry
Grand Bleu de Gascon

American Blue Gascon Hound Health

Average Size
Male American Blue Gascon Hound size stats
Height: 27-30 inches Weight: 90-105 lbs
Female American Blue Gascon Hound size stats
Height: 25-28 inches Weight: 75-95 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Canine Hip Dysplasia (Chd)
  • Heart Defects
Minor Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Skin Allergies
  • Hypothyroidism
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Cherry Eye or Entropion (eye problems)
Occasional Tests
  • X-rays or other radiographic imaging
  • Blood Panel
  • Electrocardiograph (ECG - measures rate and rhythm)
  • Eye and Ear Examination

American Blue Gascon Hound Breed History

The history of the American Blue Gascon Hound is somewhat vague, and records of this dog's development are somewhat sparse. The ancestor to the American Blue Gascon Hound, the Grand Bleu de Gascon, was developed in France, presumably in the Gascony region. They were developed at some point prior to the 14th century as a hunting dog capable of tracking and hunting larger game such as deer, boar, and even wolves and tended to be more agile than other dogs their size with better scenting abilities. Seven of the first of these ancestral dogs to be recorded in the United States were brought to the country by a French nobleman who went by General Lafayette as a gift for George Washington in 1785. In France, the breed began to diminish, but it became a foundation stock for several new breeds in France as well as in other countries, including the Basset Bleu de Gascogne in France, the Dumfriesshire Hound in the United Kingdom, and the Bluetick Coonhound in the United States. The American Blue Gascon Hound also began development during that time, but there was no association or registry, their ancestry was typically unrecorded, and they didn’t fit into any official breed standards at the time, often due to their size. Fortunately, fanciers of this unique breed formed the American Blue Gascon Hound Association in 1976 and developed a clear standard to define this breed, allowing the American Blue Gascon Hound to be recognized by the Dog Registry of America and by the Continental Kennel Club. 

American Blue Gascon Hound Breed Appearance

The American Blue Gascon Hound is one of the largest of the scenthounds, typically standing at two feet or taller at the shoulder, with a long neck, a deep chest, and muscular, broad hips. They have a fairly large head with a slightly oval shape to it and a long, heavy muzzle that sports the thick, heavy lips and the large, open nostrils characteristic of many of the breeds of scenthound. Their dark, round eyes are neither deep set nor protruding, and they have long, thin ears that hang down past their cheeks, often curling somewhat. Their medium-length tail is carried high when they are excited or at attention, with a saber-like curve to it and they have well-padded, compact feet with oval-shaped toes. This breed is typically born with a great deal of white in their coat, but it often darkens, adding more black, blue, and tan markings as they mature. 

Eye Color Possibilities
brown American Blue Gascon Hound eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black American Blue Gascon Hound nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
brown American Blue Gascon Hound coat
Brown
blue American Blue Gascon Hound coat
Blue
black American Blue Gascon Hound coat
Black
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
American Blue Gascon Hound straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

American Blue Gascon Hound Breed Maintenance

This breed should only be bathed when dirt or smell becomes noticeable, about two or three times a year, as overly frequent bathing can strip the coat of its naturally protective oils. Areas where the skin is loose and falls in folds should be checked for moisture as mildew can sometimes form in these skin folds and cause irritation and infection. While the coat is short, it is also dense, and brushing is needed two or three times a week in order to keep the coat shiny and shedding under control. It is also important to check the ears for dirt and moisture on a regular basis to avoid infection. 

Brushes for American Blue Gascon Hound
Slicker Brush
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
American Blue Gascon Hound requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

American Blue Gascon Hound Temperament

This is a very active dog that was developed for their speed, stamina, and their prey drive, but they were also developed to work closely with people so they tend to be very affectionate and loyal towards their owners and are generally trustworthy around children, although interactions between small children and dogs should always be closely supervised. These dogs are rather easy to train when the trainer is kind and consistent, but they are also very sensitive to their trainer's mood and can react with stubbornness when the training methods that are used are too harsh, and some American Blue Gascon Hounds may never quite be able to resist particularly enticing scents or exciting prey. They are generally agreeable towards most other dogs if socialized at an early age but their high prey drive may lead them to chase other pets, particularly smaller animals and lack of socialization can lead to a more aggressive animal. 

American Blue Gascon Hound Activity Requirements

The American Blue Gascon Hound is a very active animal that can develop behavior problems and become destructive if not given an outlet for their energy. As this breed is a very large breed, it is particularly important to take it easy on the joints when the dog is still growing, avoiding too much jumping or running until the bones and joints have finished forming. While this breed is first and foremost a hunting dog who prefers to be tracking prey above anything else, they can also be quite adept at many other activities including agility competitions, lure coursing, rally sports, and even advanced obedience training. This dog is not typically appropriate for apartment living due to both their active nature and their loud and ready howl. 

Activity Level
Low Medium High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week
14 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day
60 minutes

American Blue Gascon Hound Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
4 cups
Daily Cost
$2.80 - $3.00
Monthly Cost
$80.00 - $90.00

American Blue Gascon Hound Height & Weight

6 Months
Male American Blue Gascon Hound size stats at six months
Height: 24 inches Weight: 68 lbs
Female American Blue Gascon Hound size stats at six months
Height: 22 inches Weight: 60 lbs
12 Months
Male American Blue Gascon Hound size stats at 12 months
Height: 27 inches Weight: 88 lbs
Female American Blue Gascon Hound size stats at 12 months
Height: 25 inches Weight: 77 lbs
18 Months
Male American Blue Gascon Hound size stats at 18 months
Height: 28 inches Weight: 99 lbs
Female American Blue Gascon Hound size stats at 18 months
Height: 26 inches Weight: 85 lbs

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