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  • Temperament: Independent, Happy, Outgoing
  • AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks of 194
  • Height: 15.5-18 inches
  • Weight: 40-45 pounds
  • Life Expectancy: 13-15 years
  • Group: Hound Group

    The AKC has grouped all of the breeds that it registers into seven categories, or groups, roughly based on function and heritage. Breeds are grouped together because they share traits of form and function or a common heritage.

Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen standing sideways in grass facing left
Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

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General Appearance

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is a well-balanced, strongly built, rough-coated scent hound of friendly and noble character. He is of medium size with straight legs, deep chest. He is longer than he is tall with a moderately long muzzle, long ears and a long tail. His neck is moderately long and strong, noble head with a mustache and beard, surmounted with protective long eyebrows. His structure was designed to hunt rabbit and hare at a fast pace through the bramble, and over the rough terrain of the Vendee area of France. He is a courageous, passionate and broadly skilled hunter who today is used to hunt not only rabbit and hare but also boar and roe deer. He is active, possessing great stamina for a full days’ hunt and uses his voice freely while on the trail. Any feature that detracts from the function is a serious fault.

Head

Expression – noble with a proud head carriage. Eyes convey an intelligent, warm and friendly character. Eyes – large, dark and oval in shape, of the same color, showing no white; haw not visible. Rims fully pigmented. Ears – supple, narrow and fine, ending in an oval shape, draping and folding inwards. Leathers are covered with long hair and reaching at least to the end of the nose. Set on low, below the line of the eye. Viewed from the side, ears should form a corkscrew shape when the dog is relaxed.

Body

Neck – strong and far reaching, thicker at the base, without excessive throatiness.Topline – from behind withers to rump is level with slight rise over well muscled loin. Body – well developed, sturdy and broad, with deep forechest and prominent sternum. Depth of chest reaches to elbows, ribs well sprung extending well back. Loin well muscled and of moderate length. Belly never tucked up. 

Forequarters

Shoulders clean and sloping. Well laid back. Length of shoulder blades approximately equal to length of upper arm. Withers very slightly prominent. Elbows close to the body, turning neither in nor out. Forelegs from front, straight and well-boned. In profile, set well under body.

Hindquarters

Well boned, strong and muscular, with moderate bend of stifle and a well-defined second thigh. Hips wide. Hocks turning neither in nor out.

Coat

Harsh and straight with undercoat. Not too long, fringing not too abundant. Never silky or wooly. Hair from bridge of nose fans up between the eyes without obscuring the eyes; this protective hair along with shielding eyebrows is an indispensable characteristic of the breed.

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About the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen

First, let’s deal with the name. Roughly translated, it means “Large, low, shaggy dog of the Vendée” and is pronounced “Grand-Bah-SAY Gree-FOHN VON-day-uhn.” Now, let’s have a look at the dog: He’s a sweet-faced, long-eared fellow in a shaggy coat whose mustache, beard, and profuse eyebrows suggest the look of a worldly but amiable Frenchman. Beneath the Grand’s Old World charm is a rugged, sturdily-built bruiser who is deceptively quick and light-footed. The stamina and courage of these longer-than-tall hunters is the stuff of Gallic legend.

National Breed Clubs and Rescue

Want to connect with other people who love the same breed as much as you do? We have plenty of opportunities to get involved in your local community, thanks to AKC Breed Clubs located in every state, and more than 450 AKC Rescue Network groups across the country. The Grand Bassett Griffon Vendéen Club of America has served as the AKC Parent Club to represent the Grand Bassett Griffon Vendéen since February 2013.
Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

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Care

NUTRITION

You are going to want to feed your Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen a formula that will cater to his unique digestive needs throughout the various phases of his life. Many dog food companies have breed-specific formulas for small, medium, large and extra-large breeds. The Grand is a medium-sized breed.

What you feed your dog is an individual choice, but working with your veterinarian and/or breeder will be the best way to determine frequency of meals as a puppy and the best adult diet to increase his longevity. Clean, fresh water should be available at all times.

GROOMING

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen requires only a weekly brushing with a slicker brush and comb. Beyond regular weekly grooming, the occasional bath will keep him clean and looking his best. Grooming can be a wonderful bonding experience for you and your pet. Their strong fast-growing nails should be trimmed regularly with a nail clipper or grinder to avoid overgrowth, splitting and cracking. Their ears should be checked regularly to avoid a buildup of wax and debris which can result in an infection. Teeth should be brushed regularly.

Grooming Frequency

Occasional Bath/Brush
Specialty/Professional
Weekly Brushing

Shedding

Infrequent
Frequent
Seasonal

EXERCISE

The Grand’s quiet, docile demeanor makes them excellent companions and house dogs. Be prepared to give your new GBGV lots of exercise. They will not thrive as a couch potato. You must have a securely fenced-in area for exercise, since these hunting dogs cannot resist the urge to chase. They are sturdy and do not slow down with age, so plan on keeping their exercise routine going into their teenage years.

Energy Level

Couch Potato
Needs Lots of Activity
Needs Lots of Activity

HEALTH

Like all breeds there may be some health issues. Some dogs may be faced with these health challenges in their lives, but the majority of Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens are healthy dogs. Working with a responsible breeder, those wishing to own a Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen can gain the education they need to know about specific health concerns within the breed. Good breeders utilize genetic testing of their breeding stock to reduce the likelihood of disease in their puppies.

Recommended Health Tests from the National Breed Club:

  • Hip Evaluation
  • Ophthalmologist Evaluatioin
  • Cardiac Exam
  • Patella Evaluation
  • Thyroid Evaluation

Read the Official Breed Club Health Statement.

Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

History

The Griffon Vendéen hounds have gone through over 400 years of evolution to produce the griffon-coated French hounds of today: the Grand Griffon Vendéen, Briquet Griffon Vendéen, Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen and the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen.

In general, French hounds developed into the breeds they are today by forming to fit the particular needs of their geographic areas. The dense, thorny, rocky region of the Vendeé required a hardy breed of dog with mental and physical stamina and a coat that resisted brambles. Also, hunters of the lower classes who did not own horses needed a slower hound so they were more easily able to keep up. Their solution was to shorten the legs of the dog and, through evolution and breeding, a low-set dog was created. By the end of the 19th century, the Basset Griffon Vendéen, combining both hardiness and a shortened leg, had evolved as a part of the basset breeds of France.

Further work in producing the exact size and proportions needed to hunt different game, the Club du Griffon Vendéen that was founded in 1907 recognized two varieties of the Basset Griffon Vendéen, The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen and the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen.

By the 1950s, the Grand was separated into its own standard and considered a separate breed, though interbreeding between the Grand and Petit was not banned until 1977.

Did You Know?

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen has been recognized by the American Kennel Club since 2018.
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen has been assigned the Hound Group designation.
Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens have been trained for mantrailing in Europe and the US.
Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens hunt in packs like Foxhounds and Beagles.
Up until the 1970s, the Petit and Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen were interbred. Litters were evaluated at one year of age to determine if the pup was a Petit or a Grand.
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen has been eligible to compete in Companion Events since January 1, 2008.
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen was recorded in the Foundation Stock Service Program from 2004 to 2017.

The Breed Standard

General Appearance

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is a well-balanced, strongly built, rough-coated scent hound of friendly and noble character. He is of medium size with straight legs, deep chest. He is longer than he is tall with a moderately long muzzle, long ears and a long tail. His neck is moderately long and strong, noble head with a mustache and beard, surmounted with protective long eyebrows. His structure was designed to hunt rabbit and hare at a fast pace through the bramble, and over the rough terrain of the Vendee area of France. He is a courageous, passionate and broadly skilled hunter who today is used to hunt not only rabbit and hare but also boar and roe deer. He is active, possessing great stamina for a full days’ hunt and uses his voice freely while on the trail. Any feature that detracts from the function is a serious fault.

Head

Expression – noble with a proud head carriage. Eyes convey an intelligent, warm and friendly character. Eyes – large, dark and oval in shape, of the same color, showing no white; haw not visible. Rims fully pigmented. Ears – supple, narrow and fine, ending in an oval shape, draping and folding inwards. Leathers are covered with long hair and reaching at least to the end of the nose. Set on low, below the line of the eye. Viewed from the side, ears should form a corkscrew shape when the dog is relaxed.

Body

Neck – strong and far reaching, thicker at the base, without excessive throatiness.Topline – from behind withers to rump is level with slight rise over well muscled loin. Body – well developed, sturdy and broad, with deep forechest and prominent sternum. Depth of chest reaches to elbows, ribs well sprung extending well back. Loin well muscled and of moderate length. Belly never tucked up. 

Forequarters

Shoulders clean and sloping. Well laid back. Length of shoulder blades approximately equal to length of upper arm. Withers very slightly prominent. Elbows close to the body, turning neither in nor out. Forelegs from front, straight and well-boned. In profile, set well under body.

Hindquarters

Well boned, strong and muscular, with moderate bend of stifle and a well-defined second thigh. Hips wide. Hocks turning neither in nor out.

Coat

Harsh and straight with undercoat. Not too long, fringing not too abundant. Never silky or wooly. Hair from bridge of nose fans up between the eyes without obscuring the eyes; this protective hair along with shielding eyebrows is an indispensable characteristic of the breed.

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Colors & Markings

Colors

Description Standard Colors Registration Code
Black & Tan Check Mark For Standard Color 018
Fawn Check Mark For Standard Color 082
White & Black Check Mark For Standard Color 202
White & Gray Check Mark For Standard Color 210
White & Grizzle Check Mark For Standard Color 221
White & Lemon Check Mark For Standard Color 211
White & Orange Check Mark For Standard Color 213
White & Sable Check Mark For Standard Color 215
White Black & Tan Check Mark For Standard Color 219
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