Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

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Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen At a Glance

Country of Origin:


Breed Group:

AKC (FSS); FCI (Scenthounds); KC (Hound); UKC (Scenthound)


Medium. Weight: 40–45 lbs Height: Males 15.5–17.5 inches; Females 15.5–17 inches


Rough, wild and wily-nilly.


Black and Tan, Fawn, White and Black, White and Gray, White and Grizzle, White and Lemon, White and Orange, White and Sable, White Black and Tan; Black and White, Black and Tan, Black with Light Tan markings, White and Orange, Tricolor, Fawn and Black, Pale Fawn and Black; White with any combination of Lemon, Orange, Sable, Grizzle, or Black markings; Tricolor

Life Span:

12 to 15 years

Breed Profile

Affection Level
Barking Tendencies
Cat Friendly
Cold Weather Tolerance
Exercise Needs
General Health
Grooming Needs
Hot Weather Tolerance
Kid Friendly
Shedding Level
Social Needs
Watchdog Ability

Did You Know?

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, or GBGV, is related to its smaller and more well-known cousin, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen.

Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Overview

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, or GBGV, is related to its smaller and more well-known cousin, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. The breed is one of the oldest French hounds, and were bred to hunt rabbits, hares, foxes and other small game in packs. While they are not an AKC recognized show breed, they are found in the AKC registries as a Foundation Stock breed.


Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Characteristics

The GBGV features a long, low to the ground body with dropped ears and a course, furry coat. They are very sociable dogs, having been bred originally work in packs. This makes them easy to get along with both other dogs and small children, as they tend to not be very possessive.


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Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Temperament

GBGVs do have a devil-may-care attitudeabout things, which can be both good and bad. They have a typical hunting dog nature, enjoying time both chasing prey as well as playing with family. They are very easy going dogs, making them ideal pets for families, especially those with children.


Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Care

The GBGV lives on average 12 to 15 years, typical for a dog his size. They are prone to a few genetic conditions including elbow and hip dysplasia and hypothyroidism. Some dogs may also be prone to allergies, eye issues and ear infections.


Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Coat

The coat of the GBGV is as wild and wily-nilly as his personality. They feature a naturally tousled look, which can be easily maintained with regular brushing or combing. Grooming including shaving and trimming is discouraged in order to keep the “natural” look of the breed.


Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Training

Griffons can be stubborn, and may not like being told what to do. This can lead to difficulties in training. However, if the GBGV feels that he is sufficiently bribed, or that he is the one decided what to do, he can be coerced into following his owner’s instructions. GBGVs are natural hunting dogs, and will pick up those traits easily.


Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Activity

If the GBGV is not actively hunting, he needs a lot of time outside either on long walks or hikes. Constant exercise is important to keeping him happy, and lack of exercise may depress the GBGV or lead to destructive tendencies. Plenty of exercise in any form is best.


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