Original Name : Petit Bleu de Gascogne
Type : Braccoid
Other Names : Bleu, de, Gascogne
Male size : 20½-22¾ inches
Female size : 19¾-22 inches
Degree of grooming :
Countries of origin : France
The fine-nosed, well voiced Petit Bleu de Gascogne is a determined hunter. These hounds work well in a pack, due to their calm, affectionate nature and their willingness to follow commands.
Viewed from the front, the skull is domed only very slightly and not excessively broad, slight occipital protuberance.
Well supported back, well fused loins that are not too long, slightly sloping croup, long chest extending to elbow level.
Entirely mottled (black and white), producing a slate blue effect, with or without more or less widespread black patches.
Moderately fine, curled in, reaching the end of the nose and sometimes beyond.
Fine, reaching the hock, carried proudly saber-fashion.
Short, semi-thick, dense.
The Petit is a smaller version of the Grand Bleu de Gascogne that has existed as long as its larger sibling, bred to go after small game. Overall, the breed is medium-sized, well proportioned and distinguished.
There is generally a black patch on each side of the head, covering the ears, surrounding the eyes and ending at the cheeks. They do not meet on the top of the skull, leaving a white break, which often sports a small black oval-shaped spot, typical of the breed.