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 Ariégeois. 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."