Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website: http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country France Other Names Virelade Hound Life Expectancy No Information Available Litter Size No Information Available Breed Group FCI Scenthound
Breed Appearance The Gascon Saintongeois is a breed of dog of the scenthound type, recognised in two sizes, Grand (large) and Petite (smaller than the Grand, but not a small dog.)
Originating in France, the breed is used for hunting in packs and descends from the old Hound of Saintonge type of large hunting dog.
Breed Description Head: Chiseled, long. Fairly narrow, domed skull. Slight stop. Bridge of nose large and slightly curved. Cleanly cut cheeks.
Well-developed nose. Ears: Set on below the eyes, long and thin, curled, pendulous. Eyes: Oval, dark brown. Body: Long. Neck of medium length and thickness, slightly arched, with slight dewlap. Deep, broad chest. Slightly rounded
ribs. Loin slightly arched. Fairly long flank. Tail: Well-set on and very slender at the tip. Carried in saber fashion. Hair: Short and dense. Coat: White background with black spots, sometimes flecked. Two black spots usually appear on either side of the head,
covering the ears and eyes and ending at the cheeks. Cheeks are tan, preferably pale in color. Two tan markings above
the eyebrows form pips. Tan markings on the inside surface of the ears. Tan speckling on the legs. Sometimes, a dead foliage
"deer marking" appears on the lower thigh. Size: Great Gascony Saintongeois: dog: 65 to 72 cm; bitch: 62 to 68 cm (25,5-28 in). Small Gascony Saintongeois: dog: 52
to 60 cm (24,5-26,8); bitch: 50 to 56 cm19,7-22 in). Weight: Great Gascony Saintongeois: Approx. 35 kg (77lb). Small Gascony Saintongeois: Approx. 25 kg (55 lb).
History In the mid-nineteenth century, Count J. de Carayon-Latour wanted to revive the declining Saintonge Hound population. To do
this, he crossed the last specimens of the breed with Baron de Ruble's Blue Gascony Hounds, thereby creating the Gascon
Saintongeois, or the Gascon Saintongeois Hound, named after his chateau. This was the end of the Saintonge Hound, descended from the
Saint Hubert and sporting a white coat with black spots and tan markings. The Gascon Saintongeois is a pack hound that comes
in two varieties:- The Great Gascon Saintongeois Hound, used in shooting and sometimes in large game hunting. This variety
is becoming extinct and is used in the crossbreeding of other hunting breeds; and- The Small Gascon Saintongeois Hound, used
mainly in hare hunting. This variety was developed in the early twentieth century when hunters in southwestern France selected
the smallest dogs from Great Gascon Saintongeois litters.
Behavior This pack hound par excellence is very fast and has a keen nose and resonant howl. He is considered the best hare tracker.
Very versatile, he is also used for large game hunting. He needs a firm owner.
Health Very robust.
Advice The Gascon Saintongeois Hound is best suited to kennel life. He needs space and exercise, as well as regular brushing.