The Bleu de Gascogne, Petit originated from France and was used for hunting in packs. It is directly descended from Bleu de Gascogne, Grand but this specific breed is used for a different purpose which started during the beginning of the the1500s.
It was then when the hunters started using Bleu de Gascogne for hunting small game, such as rabbits that they ended up with a new breed which is now called Bleu de Gascogne, Petit.
This new breed of dogs was named petit not because they are small (petite) but due to their use in hunting small game.
The Bleu de Gascogne, Petit’s number also suffered during World Wars I and II, and the French Revolution.
Nevertheless, they were always highly esteemed for their hunting prowess and have survived in greater numbers along with Bleu de Gascogne, Grand.
However, this breed is not popular outside France unlike its other larger relatives and was not in the American Kennel Club until 1991.
Traits and Behavior
Like other Bleu de Gascognes, Petit Bleu de Gascognes have a typical pack hound temperament. These dogs are typically friendly with the family and strangers but dominance may occur if the dog is not properly socialized. This breed is mostly kept as a companion or family pet due to its lack of aggressiveness.
The Petit Bleu de Gascognes has worked in packs for centuries, which makes them typically good with other dogs. It is also not advisable to keep non-canine pets such as cats or rabbits as they may be prone to stalking and potential attacks due to their well-developed hunting skills.
This breed of dog has a tireless tracking ability which makes them hard to stay put once they sensed a smell. And this might cause a problem if not well trained. Another ability of the dog that may cause trouble especially in urban areas is that they are vocal dogs. They were bred to notify their owner if they found a scent or cornered an animal.
Pet Care and Diseases
The Petit Bleu de Gascogne is a very athletic dog and training them can be challenging as they needed a good amount of exercise and mental stimulation. Dogs of this size, determination and strength may be vocal or destructive if not given proper exercise.
This type of dog typically has a short coat and may not need a lot of professional grooming. Regular brushing is already sufficient for this breed. Owners should also regularly clean their ears as they may be prone to infection if not cleaned well. It is also suggested to begin this process at an early stage as these dogs are somewhat stubborn.
The Petit Bleu de Gascogne is known for its extremely healthy breed. Its life expectancy may reach up to 12 years or so. Owners also should be aware of some health problems that might occur such as hip and elbow dysplasia; this problem is common to work dogs as they age, ear infections and allergies.
Compared to the Grand Bleu de Gascogne, the Petit Bleu de Gascogne is somewhat smaller in size but by no means is it a small dog. The males are between 22 and 24 inches, the smaller females are between 20 and 22 inches tall at the shoulder.
The Petit Bleu de Gascogne has a long snout and nose giving more room for smell receptors; it has long, droopy ears which are low-set on the head and has dark chestnut colored eyes. The breed’s lower eyelid is always slightly loose; this makes the breed looking a little sad.
The Petit Bleu de Gascogne has short, smooth and thick fur. The breed’s body is mostly mottled with black and white fur making the dog look blue-furred This breed also have solid black ears and cheeks and also possesses some bright tan markings, mostly under its tail, on its leg, above his eyes inside its ears and on its cheeks.
The breed is expected to live for 10-12 years. A litter may consist of 3-6 puppies.
Visit this dog club website dedicated to Petit Bleu de Gascogne. Click this link: https://www.clubdubleudegascogne.fr/