This magnificient French working breed was created in 1846 near Bordeaux by the Baron Joseph de Garayon Latour de Virelade, a hunting enthusiast who crossed the Grand Bleu de Gascogne with the now-extinct Saintongeois hunting dogs, acquired from the Earl of Saint-Legien and the Baron de Ruble, respectively. Very popular and common around the Pyrenees region of southern France, the Grand Gascon-Saintongeois remains virtually unknown outside its native land. Primarily a hunter of roe deer and other large game, this rugged hound could possibly make an acceptable family companion, thanks to its love of humans and obedient personality, but it is still very rarely found as a pet.
The short coat is smooth and flat, always white in colour with black-n-tan markings on the head.
Average height is around 26 inches.