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The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, playful and dynamic dog

This 100% Made in France breed will please those who are looking for a playful, dynamic and affectionate companion. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is an animal with a balanced character that makes it perfect as a pet.

Characteristics of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen

Revealing an elegant and harmonious look, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is a dog of elongated construction that should resemble that of a basset hound, but without taking on the appearance of a lighter. It measures between 39 and 43 cm if it is a female and between 40 and 44 cm if it is a male. Its weight varies from 17 to 20 kg. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is recognizable by its convex head, without heaviness, chiseled under the eyes and without excessive width. The nose with open nostrils is well highlighted. The dog has a marked stop, a muzzle longer than the skull and a square tip. It has large dark eyes exempt of white color and which are oval in shape. The ears are distinguished by their fineness and flexibility. They are set low and end in an elongated oval. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen has a flat and medium long coat. The coat must be hard and not have too much feathering. The coat can be black with sandy markings, fawn or white markings. Charcoal fawn, fawn, black and white, fawn with white markings or orange and charcoal sable are permitted.

History of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen breed

Like most basset hounds, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is descended from large griffons. As its name implies, it comes from the Vendée region of France and finds its way into wolf hunting. The first selections were launched by the Count of Eleva in the 19th century who wanted to obtain dogs with straight legs and predisposed to hunting hares. Thanks to this advanced selection, the animal developed strong abilities in hunting game of various sizes: wild boar, rabbit, etc. Because of its incredible abilities, the breed participates in competitions such as the European Hare Cup.

Living conditions and behavior of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen

Long used as a hunting dog, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is now a pet. A task that it assumes wonderfully given its multiple qualities. It is a wise and determined animal which is at the same time faithful and affectionate. He adores children and will never refuse a game with them. It is also a clever dog, but has the disadvantage of being somewhat stubborn. This makes it difficult to educate him, which must be done as early as possible with firmness and sanctions. This doggie does not hold grudges and will not hold a grudge.

Diet and main health problems of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen shines by its strength and its robustness. It can live until it is 12 years old and does not have any particular disease. Its diet must be adapted to its lifestyle especially if it is involved in hunting activities.