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Basset Griffon Vendeen Grand

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Origin / History The Grand Basset Vendéen has its roots from 16th-century France. It originated from the French west countryside and it is also known as one of the 4 breeds from the La Vendée region. The four breeds, which all feature rough coats, are the Briquet, the Grand Griffon Vendéen, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, and finally, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen. These breeds may have possibly descended from the Gris de St. Louis Vendéen hounds.

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is believed to to have been bred from coarse-haired Italian dogs and the white Southern Hound. The name of this dog was taken from the original breeders. The King's clerk or greffier was one of the first, and perhaps this was why the dog was partly called a Griffon.

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen was a special breed that was even presented to the King. The French Revolution, however, was particularly difficult on the breed, and extinction of this dog type was almost met. Fortunately, in 1907, there was a club that gradually restored the population of this Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen in the country.

A pet and an occasional hunting dog, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen makes for the ideal companion.

Appearance True to its name, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is taller than the other Bassets. It has a short head with long and low-set ears. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen possesses a stocky build despite its bones being light. This breed also has a short muzzle and a wiry double coat, a saber-shaped tail, and heavy eyebrows and mustache.

Colours The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen comes in an assortment of colors - fawn, white and orange, white and gray, light brown, or tri-colored. This dog may also be black with markings of tan, fawn with white or black, or tri-color with white markings.

Temperament This dog is is often characterized as an alert and active dog, and it's normally intensely enthusiastic. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is a very lovable breed and it makes for the best kind of pet for families with children. This dog is quite easy to handle, and training it will not be difficult. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen makes for a very good watch dog also, but as a guard dog, it is lacking. Independent and sometimes stubborn, an owner may find that the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen can be sometimes snappish, but this can be easily remedied.

Height and Weight When grown, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen can stand anywhere between 39 to 45 centimeters, and weigh between 18 to 20 kilograms, but this dog retains its puppy-look face even if it has already matured.

Common Health Problems The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is a relatively healthy dog, but an owner must be on the look-out for ear infections. Genetic disorders may appear in the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, and an example of this is epilepsy.

Living Conditions The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen can quickly adapt to environment changes, and it can thrive in either a city or country set-up. This dog is a natural tracker or gun dog, but it can be raised in a house as well. It would be best though if an owner has a yard where this dog can be free to explore. However, the suburban and rural environments are still most recommended.

Exercise Requirements This dog only requires a moderate amount of exercise, and daily walks for the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen would be sufficient.

Training Requirements The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen has the tendency to be independent-minded but one can succeed in training this dog if given the ample amount of time.

Life Expectancy The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen has the tendency to be independent-minded but one can succeed in training this dog if given the ample amount of time.

Grooming The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen requires weekly grooming, and an owner must comb and brush this dog's coat so that matting may be prevented. The mouth and bottom areas must be checked for dirt regularly. Trimming around these areas should be considered, but the coat must be left as is.

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