Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is a medium-sized scent hound, originating from France. Their name can be translated as “large, low and shaggy dog of the Vendee”. Outgoing, sturdy, and intelligent these dogs are excellent workers but also calm family dogs. Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens can adapt to a variety of situations.
FUN FACT: Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens usually pack in packs.
Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen are very active dogs that don’t tire easily so be prepared to give this dog a fair amount of daily activities for him to be happy. Although these are good dogs, Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens are more suitable for experienced owners.
15-18 in (38-46 cm)
40-45 lb (18-21 kg)
The dense and rocky region of Vendee required that dogs in that area are tough, with great stamina and weather resistant coat. Lower class hunters needed a slower dog so they could easily follow him during the hunt. Through the breeding programs, Basset Griffon Vendéen was created. Further breeding programs produced variants of these dogs as we know it today -Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen and Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen.
These two dog breeds were officially separated in 1950.
Dog Breed Characteristics
- Group 6 Scenthounds and related breeds.section 1.3 Small-sized Hounds.With working trial.
- Height at withers: males 16-17 in (40-44 cm), females 15-16.5 in (39-43 cm)
Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen has a medium-long coat that consists of two layers – a harsh outer layer and a tick interlayer. Although they look like they require constant care, the truth is that a weekly brushing will be enough to keep this dog looking best. Baths are only required occasionally or if your dogs roll into something dirty.
Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen coat colors:
- Tri-color – white with any other color
- Bi-color- white with any other color
- Black and tan
General care is also required for these dogs to keep them looking at the best. Trim their nails when you hear them clicking on the floor to avoid cracking, brush their teeth to prevent gum diseases, and to secure a fresh breath. Because they have floppy ears you should regularly check them to avoid wax build-up that can indicate an infection.
Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens are bred for hunting purposes and they have a lot of energy and stamina. If you want your dog to be happy you will have to provide him with a lot of activities every day. These dogs are not suited for an inactive person, and they will not be happy living like a couch potato.
They will do best in a house with a big yard where they can wander around and explore. If you live in an apartment be prepared to spend a lot of time outdoors.
Training and socialization
With Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen you will have to work from the start. They are independent and bold but also eager to please so with the right technique, training them is possible. Be prepared to put in a lot of work and you will have to be very patient.
FUN FACT: These are vocal dogs and even with the proper training this can be a problem.
Socialization will play a big part in your dog's life. He needs to learn to react and communicate with the world. The sooner you start with a socialization process, the better. Expose your dog to different situations so he can learn how to react to them.
Kids and other animals
Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens are good family dogs that can get along with children. To be sure that your dog and kids will get along you must teach your kids what is the correct way to interact with the dog. Also, you should supervise every time they play so any unwanted behavior wouldn’t emerge.
Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens have a high prey drive and they are not suited for homes with smaller animals as he can start chasing them.
The majority of Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens are very healthy dogs but some can develop certain health problems. The average life span of these dogs is 13-15 years.
These dogs can develop:
- hip dysplasia
- eye diseases
- luxating patella
When searching for Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen breeders make sure that you find good and responsible breeders so you can be sure that you will get a puppy with the best possible health. Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens will be a great family member if you satisfy their needs. For sure you will not make a mistake if you decide that this is the right dog for you.
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