Griffon Bleu de Gascogne

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35-60 lbs
19-22"
France

The Griffon Bleu de Gascogne is a medium sized hunting dog that is very affectionate. This breed is a part of the hound family and was bred to hunt hare and wild boar. They are independent thinkers, energetic and loyal. The Griffon Bleu de Gascogne can either hunt alone or in a pack. They would make a wonderful family companion, suitable for homes with children that know how to respect a dog’s space. This breed is relatively easy to train and is fun to have around. They are not great watch dogs because they are friendly with everyone and do not seem to know a stranger.

Purpose
Hunting, Companion
Date of Origin
Ancient Times
Ancestry
Bleu de Gascogne, Griffon Nevais, Grand Griffon Vendeen

Griffon Bleu de Gascogne Health

Average Size
Male Griffon Bleu de Gascogne size stats
Height: 20-23 inches Weight: 35-60 lbs
Female Griffon Bleu de Gascogne size stats
Height: 19-22 inches Weight: 35-60 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Ear Infections
  • Hip And Elbow Dysplasia
Minor Concerns
  • Allergies
Occasional Diagnoses
  • Bloat
Occasional Tests
  • Yearly Physical Examination
  • OFA on hips and elbows

Griffon Bleu de Gascogne Breed History

The Griffon Bleu de Gascogne is an ancient breed with Pyrenean origins. While their exact origins are not known due to a lack of documentation, many historians believe they are a result of crossing a Bleu de Gascogne with a Griffon Nervais. Many also believe the Grand Griffon Vendeen was also used to cultivate the breed. The Griffon Bleu de Gascogne was on the verge of extinction after the fall of the Roman Empire but did experience a revival of interest because of their excellent hunting abilities. The Griffon Bleu de Gascogne was used by royals and commoners to hunt hare and other small game. They were also used to hunt wild boar when the need arose. Hunting is a favored sport in France and is a way to thin the population of deer, wild boar and other animals that are considered a nuisance to farmers and their crops. There are several hunting dogs that have French origins and the widely accepted hunting practice is to hunt with a pack of dogs; the Griffon Bleu de Gascogne is unique in that they can be pack hunters but are also independent thinkers and can be just as comfortable hunting alone. The Griffon Bleu de Gascogne is a high performing dog at France’s Chasse a Courre and Chasse a Tir throughout the years and garnered the attention of hunters throughout Europe. Their scenting ability is excellent as is their prey drive, making them a favored companion when searching out small game in wooded areas. The Griffon Bleu de Gascogne was officially recognized by the United Kennel Club in 1991. 

Griffon Bleu de Gascogne Breed Appearance

The Griffon Bleu de Gascogne is a medium sized dog with a solid body and well-muscled legs. They have a domed skull, very prominent forehead and long, blunt muzzle ending with a black nose with wide nostrils. They have oval, dark brown eyes that are framed by bushy eyebrows. The Griffon Bleu de Gascogne also has a beard that gives him the typical wizened look of a Griffon breed. Their ears are slightly pointed, set just below the eye and hang down well past their jaw line. The Griffon Bleu de Gascogne’s coat is shaggy and rough to the touch. It is shorter on their ears and head. Typically, they have a mottled black and white coloring with black patches. A white mask on their face is acceptable as are white markings on their legs, head and under their tail, there should never be any white markings on their chest. The tail is somewhat bushy and carried upright when moving.  

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Griffon Bleu de Gascogne eyes
Brown
Nose Color Possibilities
black Griffon Bleu de Gascogne nose
Black
Coat Color Possibilities
pied Griffon Bleu de Gascogne coat
Pied
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Griffon Bleu de Gascogne straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

Griffon Bleu de Gascogne Breed Maintenance

The Griffon Bleu de Gascogne has a high energy level and is known to get into sticky or dirty situations. They do require brushing a few times each week using a pin brush or natural bristle brush. A metal comb should be used to comb through their beard and eyebrows to remove any tangles or dirt. They are average shedders and will shed heavily seasonally. The Griffon Bleu de Gascogne is not a hypoallergenic breed. They should not be bathed often, usually once every few months is sufficient unless they roll in something unsavory. When bathing, use a shampoo that is mild and suited for a harsher coat. Ear infections can be common in the Griffon Bleu de Gascogne. Their ears should be cleaned once a week and kept dry. Check their nails and clip as needed. Trim the hair between the pads of their feet every few weeks to prevent debris from collecting and causing irritation or lameness. 

Brushes for Griffon Bleu de Gascogne
Pin Brush
Comb
Scissors
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Griffon Bleu de Gascogne requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Griffon Bleu de Gascogne Temperament

This is an adventurous and highly excitable breed, but they are also extremely affectionate and loyal. The Griffon Bleu de Gascogne does have a pack mentality and does well with other dogs but they can also be independent in nature. The Griffon Bleu de Gascogne does not know a stranger and should never exhibit shyness or aggression towards people. They do not make good guard dogs because of their friendly demeanor. Having been kept mainly as a hunting dog, they have not been closely evaluated for families with children. However, with their propensity towards friendliness and the fact that other Griffon breeds are great with children, it is believed the Griffon Bleu de Gascogne will be excellent with children. They do have a high prey drive and should not be left unsupervised with small pets, especially rabbits, within home. They can learn to accept cats in their home when they are raised with them from puppyhood. 

Griffon Bleu de Gascogne Activity Requirements

The Griffon Bleu de Gascogne is a highly excitable dog that loves to play. They can easily become the life of the party when allowed and do require proper training for them to become well adjusted members of a family. The Griffon Bleu de Gascogne requires a lot of daily exercise and human interaction. Long walks in the morning and evening as well as enough room to run and play are enough to keep them happy and healthy. Since they are dog friendly, playdates and trips to the dog park are great ways for them to have fun and enjoy canine companionship. 

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

Griffon Bleu de Gascogne Food Consumption

Cups Per Day
2.8 cups
Daily Cost
$1.2 - $1.4
Monthly Cost
$34 - $45

Griffon Bleu de Gascogne Height & Weight

6 Months
Male Griffon Bleu de Gascogne size stats at six months
Height: 17 inches Weight: 20 lbs
Female Griffon Bleu de Gascogne size stats at six months
Height: 16 inches Weight: 20 lbs
12 Months
Male Griffon Bleu de Gascogne size stats at 12 months
Height: 19 inches Weight: 40 lbs
Female Griffon Bleu de Gascogne size stats at 12 months
Height: 18 inches Weight: 40 lbs
18 Months
Male Griffon Bleu de Gascogne size stats at 18 months
Height: 21 inches Weight: 47 lbs
Female Griffon Bleu de Gascogne size stats at 18 months
Height: 20 inches Weight: 47 lbs

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