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Briquet Griffon Vendeen

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Briquet Griffon Vendeen

The Briquet Griffon Vendéen is a medium (Briquet), wire-haired (Griffon) scent hound. They have a short head and a short muzzle. The strong nose is usually black except when a white coat is present. The nose is then usually brown. The dark eyes are large and lively. The eyebrows are well pronounced but do not cover the eyes. The muzzle is straight and the teeth meet in a scissor bite. The neck is long and elegant and has no dewlap. The back is solid and straight and the chest is quite deep. The tail is thick at the base and tapers slightly. It is set high and is sabre-shaped. The coat of this breed is dense, bushy and harsh to the touch. Colors include black and white, black and tan, white and orange, fawn and black and tricolor.

Temperament BGVs are alert, active, intense and enthusiastic. They are usually good-natured but some have been known to snap. This breed can be a bit stubborn during training as they are independent and single-minded. They make fairly good watchdogs and are good with children. The BGV likes to dig and can be hot to pursue and kill prey.
Height, Weight Height: 19-24" ; Weight: 35-53 lbs.
Health Problems Minor health concerns include patellar luxation and distichiasis.
Living Conditions BGVs will do okay living in an apartment if they get enough exercise; however, they do better living in the country. They should not be let off their lead because their hunting instinct is too strong. One scent ? and he is off on the chase. They need a secure fenced area. Remember they are diggers and jumpers.
Exercise This breed needs room to exercise and explore. A combination of play, mental training and exercise is best for this breed. Only let this dog off his lead in a safe area.
Life Expectancy About 12-15 years
Grooming This breed's coat does not need to be trimmed. Groom with a brush and comb to prevent matting.
Origin The BGV is one of four rough-coated breeds from the west coast of France in the La Vendee region. This includes the Briquet, Grand Griffon Vendee, Basset Griffon Vendeen and the Petit Bassett Griffon Vendeen. The hounds of Vendee are some of the oldest varieties, bred directly from the white southern Hound with crosses to rough-coated dogs reportedly from Italy. Crosses also occurred to the Griffon Nivernais. One of the first breeders was a king's recorder (clerk) in the 15th century. Clerk in French is greffier. This breed is recognized by the FCI and the UKC.
Group Scenthound