F.C.I. Standard No.: 32/24.01.1996/F
Name of the breed: GRIFFON BLEU DE GASCOGNE (Roughtcoated Gascony Blue)
Free translation : M. de Haas-Hiemstra
Origin : France
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE VALID ORIGINAL STANDARD : 24.01.1996.
Utilization: Multipurpose hound used for hare hunting with thegun. His eargerness and his fine nose makes him also well adapted for big game hunting.
F.C.I. Classification: Group 6 Scent hounds
Section 1.2 Medium sized hounds with working trial.
Brief historial summary: Originating from the Pyrenees, he is the product of a crossing from a medium sized Blue Gascogny hound with a griffon. It seemed that the breed has been dissappeard but it now knows an imported revival.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : A Griffon with a rustic appearance, solidly built, is in the middle of the two ancestors.
behaviour: Fine nose, endowed with a deep voice; intent in his way of hunting, but also earger and undertaking;
temperament: awake, looks swarming but meanwhile affectionate..
skull: seen from the front, slightly domed and not to broad; the occipital protuberance is lightly marked. Seen from above, the back of the skull is ogival in shape. The forehead is full.
stop: hardly accentuated.
nose: black, large, nostrils well opened.
lips: not very developed; the upper lip covers the lower lip.
muzzle: right or slightly arched, of same length as the skull;
jaws: scissor bite. Incisors set square to the jaws.
eyes: oval shape; brown. Expressive and living expression.
leathers: supple, curled in without exageration, ending in a point; should reach the beginning of the nose, without reaching beyond the extremity. The base is situated just below the eyeline.
NECK: Slim, with a slight dewlap
back: well supported, short.
loin: muscled, slightly arched..
rump: very slightly sloping.
chest: well developed.
ribs: rounded without exageration.
flank: full, underline slightly raising backwards.
tail: hairy, reaching the point of the hock. Strong at its roots. Carried proudly in sabre fashion.
view of the ensemble:strong and well angulated, not heavey.
shoulder: moderately sloping and muscled.
elbows: close to the body.
feet: oval shape; toes lean and tight. Pads and nails black.
view of the ensemble: regular angulation. Well proportioned.
upper thigh: well muscled.
hock: well let down.
GAIT/MOVEMENT: Regular and easy.
SKIN: Slightly think, supple. Black or strongly marbled with black patches, never entirely white. Mucous membranes (hairless zones) black.
HAIR: hard, rough and shaggy. A bit shorter on the head and the eyebrows, moderately thick, not covering the eyes. Very short and lying on the ears.
COLOUR: Entirely mottled (black and white) giving a slate blue colouring effect: either marked or not with more or less extended black patches. Two black patches are generally placed at either side of the head, covering the ears, surrounding the eyes and stopping at the cheeks. They do not meet up on the top of the skull; they leave a white interval in the middle of which there is often a small black oval spot, typical of the breed. Two more or less bright tan markings are placed above the superciliary arches giving a "quatreoeillé" appearance to the eyes. There are also traces of tan on the cheeks, lips, inner face of the leather, on the legs and under the tail.
HEIGHT AT THE WITHERS:
males: 50 to 57 cm
females: 48 to 55 cm.
FAULTS: any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree.
skull tapering or too broad,
leathers too long or too hairy,
eyelid too loose (visible third eyelid).
too long, too soft
rump falling away,
deviated tail or tail too short.
bone structure insufficiently developed.
cow hocks, seen from behind.
- Lack of type.
- Any coat other than that indicted in the standard.
- Light eye.
- coat woolly or curling.
- Serious anatomical malformation.
- Visible disabling (invalidating) defect.
- Frightened or aggressive subject.
N.B. Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles descended into the scrotum.