Grand Bleu de Gascogne

KC Pedigree, Large

Moderate shedding

Not good for first time owners

The long-legged Grand Bleu arrived in the UK during the Norman conquest and has hunted wolves, bear, boar and deer. The 'bleu' of its name comes from the mottled coat effect.


Attractive to ...

An experienced competitor in scent sports that fancies training a different breed. The Grand Bleu's scenthound credentials are top-notch.

Not the best for ...

Someone who wants a dog to obey their every word. Grand Bleus are said to be stubborn, but it's more likely that they are just so fixated on following their nose and an interesting scent that they really cannot hear you.


Grand Bleu, Large Blue Gascogny

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People will amusingly say "You should put a saddle on it!"

Exercise Needs

High (Two hours or more)
Without sufficient mental and physical exercise will probably do the wall of death around the living room!


Dogs that you mainly just need to polish! But be warned - short haired dogs moult all the time!


Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

11 years

Good first dog?



Tailwise is consistently rated as Excellent

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