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  • a.k.a. "Grand Gascon Saintongeois." According to Simon & Schuster's Guide to Dogs, 1980: "The breed was developed by the Baron de Virelade by crossings among the best of the French hunting dogs: the Saintongeois, the Gascon Bleu, and the AriĆ©geois. In remembrance of its original breeder, the Grand Gascon Saintongeois is also known as the Virelade." (Didn't I just *say* that?!) "Gifted with an ultrasensitive sense of smell and a beautiful reaching gallop (reaching for *what*?), it is used not only for hunting small game but also for deer and wolves (to hunt small game themselves?). It is an excellent hound, but is today quite rare."

    February 23, 2007