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Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
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Origin / History The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is one of the four rough-coated breeds that hailed from the La Vendée region in the west coast of France. The four breeds include the Grand Griffon Vendeen, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen and the Briquet. The origin of these dogs dates back to the 16th century, but it wasn't until the 19th century that they increased in number and popularity in France.

Grand Bassets are believed to have descended from the Vendeen hounds of the Gris de St. Louis. It is said that the Grand Basset was created by interbreeding the white Southern Hound with other coarse-haired Italian dogs. Several dogs of this breed were given to King Louis XII, which were called Chiens Blancs du Rui, meaning the King's White Hounds.

During the French Revolution, these dogs were very few in number, to the point that they were almost extinct. In 1907, though, a club was formed to bring back these dogs. A man named Paul Desamy is credited with creating the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen. Dogs of this breed were used for hunting small game. The actual line of this breed was established officially during the 1940s. Today, these dogs are known as family companions which also make excellent hunters.

Appearance Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens are taller than most Bassets. Dogs of this breed have a short head. Their drop ears are low-set and medium-length. The body of these dogs is stocky and their bones are relatively light compared to other breeds. Their faces feature heavy eyebrows and a mustache. The tail of these dogs is shaped like a saber.

Colours The coat of these dogs can be black with tan markings, fawn with black markings, or fawn with white markings. They can also be tri-colour with white markings.

Temperament Dogs of this breed are active, enthusiastic, and alert. They are good-natured and courageous, although there are some specimens that tend to be a little snappy. These dogs make great watchdogs, and they can get along well with children. They are also good with other dogs and pets.

Height and Weight These dogs have a height that ranges from 15 to 18 inches and a weight that falls between 40 and 45 pounds.

Common Health Problems Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens are considered generally healthy. They may, however, be afflicted with dermatitis, otitis externa, ear mites and excessive ear wax. These dogs may also develop reproductive health problems.

Living Conditions These dogs can adapt to living in a city if they have been raised there since puppyhood. It's best for them, though, to be kept in the country where they can make use of their tracking and hunting skills. They should be provided with at least a large yard where they can do some physical activities.

Exercise Requirements Individuals who are considering owning Grand Bassets should take into account these dogs' need for exercise. It's important for these dogs to be taken out for long walks or jogs daily.

Training Requirements Being single-minded and independent, these dogs can be challenging to train. They need experienced owners who know how to display strong leadership skills and make the dogs believe that humans are higher in pack rank than canines. Otherwise, the dogs might try to just go on their own way and do what they want to do.

Life Expectancy The life span of these dogs is approximately 12 to 14 years.

Grooming These dogs don't need bathing except when they're very dirty or smell bad already. Frequent bathing will only rid the dog of its natural dirt resistance. Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens need to be combed at least once a week and trimmed at least once or twice each year.

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