Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen
The ‘poor man’s hunting dog’.
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.
Did You Know?
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.
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