Grand Gascon Saintongeois

Other name: Chien de Virelade

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The Grand Gascon Saintongeois is a large hunting dog (there is a variety of Petit Gascon Saintongeois), built both elegantly and with strength. The gait of the Grand Gascon Saintongeois is characterized by regular and easy movements.



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Hair type Short
Origin France
Template Big
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 33 kg to 36 kg From 62 cm to 68 cm
Male From 33 kg to 36 kg From 65 cm to 72 cm
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History of the breed

The race of the Grand Gascon Saintongeois was developed in the mid 19th century. The one whose paternity is attributed, Count Joseph de Carayon-Latour, then sought to put forward the dogs of Saintonge by crossing them with Bleus de Gascogne. The Petit Gascon Saintongeois variety was born a century later.

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Physical features

His hair: short and tight.
Its color: predominantly white with black spots, possibly some speckles. 2 black spots are found on either side of the head, going from the ears to the cheeks, passing through the eye area.
Its head: the skull, the same length as the muzzle, is rounded and narrow, its lines and those of the muzzle are divergent. The occipital protuberance is well marked, the back of the skull has the shape of a bullet, the stop is only slightly accentuated. The nose is black, the nostrils well open, the lips covering the lower jaw, the muzzle strong and slightly arched, the jaws articulated in scissors and the cheeks dry.
His ears: not very thick, set below the line of the eyes and rather set back.
His eyes: oval, brown in color, displaying a look that is both soft and confident.
His body: the neck is moderately long and fat, slightly arched. The topline is well supported, the kidney well attached and muscular, the croup rather broad and a little oblique, the chest wide and long, the ribs a little rounded and long, the flank slightly raised.
Its tail: thick at its base, thin at its end and carried elegantly like a saber blade.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

the   Grand Gascon Saintongeois   is a hunter who excels in various fields , with a predilection for shooting hunting and, to a lesser extent, hunting with hounds. The Grand Gascon Saintongeois is as comfortable with large game as with small and fast animals such as the hare (more reserved for the Petit Gascon Saintongeois). He can evolve alone as a bloodhound, thanks to his powerful flair, or in a pack. The gregarious spirit is very developed in this dog. Outside of the hunt, he displays a calm and affectionate temperament .

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Reminder is one of the first things to teach most hunting dogs such as the Grand Gascon saintongeois. For the rest, the latter requires a firm and fair education , excluding however any recourse to brutality.

Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

It is difficult for a Grand Gascon saintongeois   to be totally fulfilled in a restricted living environment. He must be able to stay active and enjoy space and freedom on a daily basis , which a house with a large fenced garden can offer him.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Grand Gascon Saintongeois   is an overall robust and resistant dog . It is however sensitive to strong heat and must therefore be protected. There is no predisposition to a particular disease in this breed.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


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Life expectancy

Minimum: 12 years old

Maximum: 14 years

The life expectancy of a Grand Gascon Saintongeois is, on average, between 12 years and 14 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

the   Grand Gascon Saintongeois   is a very easy to maintain dog .

It is recommended to brush the dog once a week to keep its skin and coat clean. Its pads, eyes, ears and teeth should be examined systematically after outings and hunting in order to detect any debris, parasites or lesions.

His teeth need to be brushed frequently to remove tartar build-up and the proliferation of bacteria. Finally, if they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian or groomer.

Price and budget

Purchase price

Max € 500
800 €

The purchase price of a Grand Gascon Saintongeois is between € 500 and € 800.

Annual maintenance cost

€ 600
800 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Grand Gascon Saintongeois is between € 600 and € 800.

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The Grand Gascon saintongeois needs a balanced and quality diet , adapted to his level of physical activity, his size and his age. His food is divided into 2 meals per day .

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 6: Hounds, Blood Test Dogs and Related Breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1963


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