Basset Bleu De Gascogne
The Basset Bleu de Gascogne is a medium sized, low slung breed.
As with many of the hounds the Basset Bleu de Gascogne originated in France, with this particular breed being developed in what was the Basque region of Gascogne. As long ago as the 12th century references are found to the large blue hounds of Phebus, Comte de Foix, or Phebus of Gascogne, they had great stamina and scent detection and were used to hunt wolves, deer and boar. The legs of the Basset Bleu de Gascogne were dwarfed to slow down the breed's running speed. The blue colour is believed to have developed to better withstand the bright sunlight in this region.