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Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Breed Summary

Intelligent, Energetic, Calm, Gentle and Loving

These dogs are well-known for their fantastic noses, and although short in appearance, they have very long bodies! They also have fantastic bushy eyebrows and beards, which make them very appealing to look at! They make excellent pets and companion dogs, though were originally bred to hunt down hares and rabbits.

Vendeen's absolutely LOVE their 'hoomans' and all aspects of family life, due to their calm, gentle and friendly ways! These are just some of the reasons that they remain a popular pet choice across the world.

Fun Fact: They were first shown in 1863!

Kennel Club Group Hound
Lifespan 12 - 14 Years
Height (at the withers) Males 40cm - 44cm, Females 39cm - 43cm
Weight Males and Females 18kg - 20kg
Coat Coats are Fairly Long and Lay Flat Against the Body with a Thick Undercoat
Colour Grizzle & White, Lemon & White, Orange & White, Sable & White, Tricolour, White & Sable
Eye colour Dark
Common health issues Primary glaucoma (inherited), POAG, Hereditary Cataracts, Lens luxation, Persistent Pupillary Membranes (PPM), Hypothyroidism, Pancreatitis, Steroid responsive meningitis, Craniomandibular osteopathy, Epilepsy, Skin allergies and hot spots, Mammary tumours, Benign and cancerous lumps, Mast cell tumours
Other Names Basset Griffon Vendéen (Grand), GBGV

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens are known for being an extremely intelligent breed, meaning they are fairly easy to train, so long as the trainer in question has experience with similar breeds. This is because they love to hunt and may often go off to chase something and getting lost, so training must start as young as possible and be continued throughout their lives. However, they are an incredibly gentle and calm breed and absolutely love 'hoomans' -especially when they can show you what they found in the garden! These guys have huge stamina and must, therefore, be subjected to lots of physical and mental stimulation to stop them from getting bored, as if they do, they may develop some very destructive behaviours. However, for the right family, they make lovely pets with the potential to provide years of joy!

It's thought that this breed dates back to the 16th century, where they were originally bred to hunt! They come from a region known as Vendee, which is how they got their iconic name and at this time, both Grand and Petit puppies could be produced from one litter! Breed enthusiasts promoted the breed all over the world during the 19th century and a French club was set up for them in 1896, coincidentally, the year they were also a recognised breed. The onset of WW1 led to the breed declining dramatically and although they were just about saved, the breed standard had to be altered several times. Nowadays, they are an extremely popular breed across France, the UK and even in other parts of the world as well.