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Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

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Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is a large (Grand), low (Basset), wire-haired (Griffon) scent hound with a strong, deep chest. The weatherproof coat is rough and harsh on top with a thick undercoat. The muzzle is short and the jaws strong and should come together with a scissor-like bite. The nose is either black or brown with well-opened nostrils. The eyes are large and dark and have no white showing. They have very longhaired eyebrows; however, the eyes are not covered. The hairy ears are long and fall well below the eye level. The elbows are close to the body and they have a level topline. The tail should be set high and is very hairy. It is thick at the base, tapers and is carried saber fashion or slightly curved. The coat should be rough and not too flat. Coat colors include fawn, light brown, white and orange, white and gray or tri-colored.

Temperament GBGVs are happy dogs that love to be active. They are energetic and independent but can have their own agenda. They need a strong owner who will let them know who is top dog. They can be stubborn and independent but are always willing to please. They get along well with children and other dogs. They should not be trusted with non-canine pets. They like to dig.
Height, Weight Height: 15-17" ; Weight: 40-45 lbs.
Health Problems This breed is one of the hardiest and healthiest dogs around. There have been very few reported hereditary or congenital conditions, though the GBGV had a prior history of epilepsy.
Living Conditions The GBGV will do well living in an apartment if they are raised in that environment. They do best 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 may go under the fence.
Exercise This breed needs moderate daily exercise. Only let this dog off his lead in a safe area.
Life Expectancy About 10-12 years
Grooming This breed's coat should be thick and casual looking. Comb weekly. Check often for matting and only bathe when necessary. They shed little or no hair. Check ears for excess hair and clip nails regularly. Trim hair on the pads when needed.
Origin The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen has its origin in the Vendee region of France. 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 which is probably where the name of the breed originated. During the French Revolution, the dogs nearly became extinct, but a club was formed in 1907 which sought to revive the breed. They are recognized by the FCI, the UKC and have been accepted for recording in the AKC Foundation Stock Service®.
Group AKC/FSS Hound, UKC Scenthound