Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

Breed Description +

Like many other hounds they can have a tendency to bark. Good family dogs and can get along well with other household pets. Will enjoy a good walk or vigorous exercise in the yard or park at least once a day. They are friendly, inquisitive dogs that can be stubborn and they also thrive on attention. Has a long bushy coat that comes in many typical hound colors including black and tan, fawn, and various bicolor variants with white including grizzle, gray, black and orange. Tricolor (white, black and tan) dogs are also seen.
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  • Observed Weight:

    37 - 60 lb

  • Show Weight:

    40 - 44 lb


Identifying Features:

Average Height: 15 - 18 in


The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen has been developed in France since Roman times from the various hounds the Celts would use for hunting small game. Over time the breed has specialized into the basset variety, having shorter legs so that people could keep up with the dog while hunting. The Petit and Grand varieties were bred separately beginning only in the 1970s and the Grand is rarer than the Petit. Although the breed has a good personality, it is important to remember that it is still used today for its original purpose of hunting small game, and is very much a hunting dog. Although the Petit BGV has been an American Kennel Club recognized breed since 1991, the Grand BGV is a member of the Foundation Stock Service, which registers breeding lines with a view to becoming a fully recognized breed in the future.

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