Gascon Saintongeois is a large dog from a scent hound family that originates from France. These dogs are not so popular around the world although they are affectionate, calm, and make great family dogs. Originally they were bred for hunting in packs, this dog has strong instincts for hunting. These dogs can mostly be found in their native land- France.
21-28 in (54-72 cm)
40-70 lb (18-32 kg)
Dog Breed Characteristics
Gascon Saintongeois dogs have a short and dense coat that served as protection from various terrains. Their coat is self-cleaning and doesn’t require much care. Regular weekly brushing will be more than enough to keep this dog looking good.
Gascon Saintongeois coat colors:
- White with black patches and sometimes speckled
Since these dogs have droopy ears you should be very careful and check them regularly. They are prone to developing ear infections and because of that weekly check their ears for any signs of infections – bad odor, redness, and wax build-up, etc.
With these dogs, the rest is basic care. Trim their nails if the dog doesn’t wear them out naturally, bathe them a few times a year, and brush their teeth so they secure fresh breath and healthy gums.
Gascon Saintongeois has a lot of energy and you will have to provide these dogs with a lot of daily activities. They were bred to work all day so be prepared to spend a lot of your free time outside with your dog. These dogs will enjoy many fun activities including hiking, obedience, chasing the ball, etc. If their needs are meet you can be sure that you will end up with the best possible dog in the house.
Since this is a hunting dog breed early socialization is a must. From the moment you bring your Gascon Saintongeois home start the socialization process. That way you can be sure that your dog will develop into a well-behaved dog with whom you will not have any problems later in life.
The best thing you can do is to expose your dog to many different situations, people, dogs, animals and sounds so they can learn how to properly react. You can even socialize your dog at home: dress differently, act differently so that your dog can’t recognize you right away.
Gascon Saintongeois and kids
Gascon Saintongeois is an excellent choice for families with kids and they will be great playing partners for them. Take note that no matter how good your dog is you should never leave him alone with kids so any unwanted behavior wouldn't emerge.
Gascon Saintongeois and other animals
Gascon Saintongeois generally can get along with other dogs if they are properly socialized and introduced from an early age. However, there can be situations where your Gascon Saintongeois will not like the company of other dogs. Since this is a true hunting dog, smaller animals in the household are not advised since they have a strong prey drive and will in most cases try and pursue smaller animals as they perceive them as prey.
Gascon Saintongeois have a life expectancy of 12-13 years. They are generally healthy dogs but they can be prone to some health problems. These problems include:
- Ear infections
To be sure that your dog will not develop any inherited diseases we advise you to only buy it from a responsible and official dog breeder. Those breeders regularly perform various health tests on their breeding dogs so they can be sure that their puppies will not develop inherited problems.
Gascon Saintongeois breeders
Gascon Saintongeois are not so popular dogs around the world so you must be prepared that you will have to wait for your puppy if you decided that this is the best dog for you. While searching for breeders always find the good ones and if you do so you don’t have to worry that your dog will end up with inherited diseases. While talking to breeders always ask them to show you the health certificates of their dogs.
World Dog Finder team