It may not be the most impressive thing on your resumé to be a ‘poor man’s hunting dog’, but that’s exactly what the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen was bred for. Not everybody could afford horses back in 1860s France, so there was a need for a good hunting dog with significantly shorter legs – one that hunters could keep up with.
In the 1970s, the breed split into two versions – ‘Grand’ and ‘Petit’. The Grand is not only bigger but also has a longer muzzle, ears, and tail. It’s also rarer too, and is a member of the American Kennel Club’s Foundation Stock Service, which hopes to increase numbers.
These friendly little barkers may have little legs, but they also have very big hearts that are hard to resist.