The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen!

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is a medium-sized French scent hound with a long body. These dogs have characteristically long hair over their eyebrows as well as on their snouts giving making them appear to have beards and moustaches. The name Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen describes the dog in its entirety. Grand for the size, Basset means low to the ground; the word “Griffon” describes the dog’s coat, and Vendéen indicates the area in France where the breed originated from. There are four Griffon sizes: Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen; Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen; Briquet Griffon Vendéen and the Grand Griffon Vendéen.

Some Quick Facts:

Life Expectancy:
12-14 years

Energy Level:
Higher than average.

Living Conditions:
Need large spaces but yard should be fenced.


Exercise Needs:
1 hour walk and 1 hour free play in yard.

Breed Group:


15-18 inches

40-50 pounds

Standard Hair Colors:
White with lemon, orange, black, tricolor or grizzle

National breed club:
Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen Club of America

Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen Skills

The GBGV was originally bred in Vendee, France to track or hunt animals such as boars, deer, rabbits and hares. Today, Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens are still used to hunt game (boars) but now they also are bred to be companion dogs.

Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen Personality

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is a very independent and energetic dog. The breed, however, is not known for being obedient. Constant training and socialization is needed, most especially when the dog reaches adolescence. Despite these character flaws, the GBGV is a joy to be with. These active dogs are good with children, other dogs and strangers, and are very willing to please.

Exercise Needs

Because the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is naturally active and energetic, the breed needs a lot of exercise and outdoor activities. On the average, a GBGV requires at least 2 hours of active exercise per day.

Living Conditions

Because of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen's inherent high level of energy, the dog would find it difficult to live in a house with limited space. If you intend to put the GBGV in a garden, make sure that the garden is fenced as the GBGV may run off unexpectedly if they get a whiff of small game.

Grooming Requirements

The wiry fur of the GBGV sets it apart from other hound dogs. The coat comes in different colors (white with lemon, orange, black, tricolor or grizzle) and needs to be hand striped on an annual basis. The GBGV has a rough and harsh topcoat and a thick weather resistant undercoat.

Health Issues

The GBGV is one of the hardiest and healthiest dogs around. There have been very few reported hereditary and congenital conditions, though the GBGV used to have a history or epilepsy. Selective and responsible breeding, however, have lessened the occurrence of this disease.

If you liked this dog…

Other dogs with similar capabilities include the Fox Hounds and the Blood Hounds. If you’re looking for a smaller dog with similar physical characteristics, you may want to consider terriers.

Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen


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