AMERICAN BLUE GASCON HOUND
The American Blue Gascon Hound is fundamentally a superior type of hunting hound capable of adapting to the most rigorous conditions and terrain. The breed displays the excessive traits and characteristics enjoyed by the old Gascon Breeds, including great scenting ability, stamina, agility ruggedness, perseverance, desire long deep bawl or bugle voice in the hunting of larger types of tree-bay game. A distinct breed and type, similar to no other present breed. These factors must be stressed in a breed evaluation.
The image that the Gascon hound projects should be that of an aristocratic powerful animal with a look of intelligence and endurance. The hound is fundamentally a hunting-working dog and possesses those points of dogs that hunt by scent over varied and difficult terrain. Judges are asked by the sponsors to consider with emphasis these facts when evaluating this dog. Honorable scars which are the result of work should not be judged as defects.
(a.) HEAD: Large, robust, rather broad, slightly oval at the occiput, very slight traces of loose skin or folds, yet cleanly molded with a definite stop. Head length to measure 10-12 inches in males and females 9-10 inches.
(b.) MUZZLE: Rather long, heavy, with deep square flews. Nostrils large, well developed and always black.
(c.) EARS: Are characteristic of the breed. Long, rather narrow and thin. Pointed at the tip, hanging in a roll. Neither too low set to give head a narrow appearance, nor too high giving a cocked or cur appearance. Span across head should not be less than 24 inches or greater than 28 inches on males. Ear span on females should not be less than 23 inches.
(d.) EYES: Almost round, always dark brown or black, not deep set and without excess haw.
2. BODY AND NECK
(a.) NECK: Should be medium length, strong and muscular and slightly rounded at prominence and with minimum dewlap.
(b.) SHOULDERS: Powerfully constructed, muscular, somewhat sloping, free of movement.
(c.) CHEST: Large, of considerable dept and breadth denoting stamina and endurance. Minimum girth measurement of males should be 32 inches. Minimum girth measurement of females should be 30 inches.
(d.) RIBS: Well sprung extending well back, tapered full and rounded to provide extra lung capacity.
(e.) BACK: Of moderate length, sloping somewhat from withers to rump when head is held high. Never swayed or roached should be strong and muscular.
(f.) LOIN: Muscular, slightly arched, hips broad, never narrow. (conclusive to dysplasia)
(g.) TAIL: Well coated and attached slightly below the back line. Of minimum length and carried high in a saber-like cure. No flag or rat tail.
3. LEGS AND FEET:
(a.) THIGHS: Well muscled, crop full, curved to point of joining thighs.
(b.) QUARTERS: Broad, well muscled from hip to hock, rather long and sinewy.
(c.) STIFLE AND HOCKS: Moderately bent, straight when viewed from rear, neither in nor out and only slightly back from under body when viewed from side.
(d.) PASTERNS: Strong and straight, from leg strong and straight with elbows.
(e.) FEET: Deep patted, compact, toe strong slightly oval to denote speed.
4. COAT AND COLOR
(a.) COAT: Rather short, but very thick and dense to withstand rough conditions.
(b.) COLOR: Pups are always born white, with the permanent black markings and continue to darken in color to puberty. Acknowledging modern genetical knowledge of heredity and breeding, considerable color variations are permissible including no tan, tan trim and black on blue markings. Marking not to exceed 30% of body color and of numerous and irregular pattern rather than larger spots. Color always of darker shades, and to include blue tick roan mottled steel blue, blue black, blue brindle or grizzle. Black may be eliminated as well as tan points. A blue blaze covering the muzzle, extending over the head and joining the body blue is preferable. A small oval or round spot at crown of head surrounded by blue is a mark of the breed.
(a.) MALES: Should stand 27 to 30 inches at shoulder (point of withers) weight in excess of 90 pounds depending on flesh.
(b.) FEMALES: Should stand 25 to 28 inches and weigh in excess of 75 pounds.
Under size, light color, pink skin, poor type, light eyes, too short or poorly set ears, jaws either overshot or undershot and though chop voice is not desired is acceptable only on the tree.