Complete Dogs Guide

The ideal site for dog owners and lovers worldwide!

Site Menu

Dogs Home

Dog Names
Dogs For Sale
Dog Training
Dog Psychology
Dog Pictures
Dog Health
Dog Grooming
Dog Rescues
Dog TV

Dog Breeds

Dog Breeds
Designer Dogs Breeds
Rare Dogs Breeds

Dogs by Group

Gun Dogs
Pastoral Dogs
Toy Dogs
Utility Dogs
Working Dogs

Kennel Clubs

Fédération Cynologique Internationale
American Kennel Club
Australian National Kennel Council
Canadian Kennel Club
The Kennel Club (UK)

Contact Us
About Us
Site Map



Grand Griffon Vendeen

Grand Griffon Vendeen
Photo still required

Grand Griffon Vendeen Breeders & Puppies For Sale If your a Grand Griffon Vendeen breeder and have Grand Griffon Vendeen puppies for sale, send us your details for free and we will add to our Grand Griffon Vendeen Breeders page.

Grand Griffon Vendeen Rescue Center Visit the Grand Griffon Vendeen rescue centers if your looking to rescue a Grand Griffon Vendeen , as well as learn more about the breed or just support the rescue centers for there hard work.


Origin / History The Vendeen family of dogs originated in western France, in an area known as La Vendee. The four breeds coming from La Vendee include the Briquet Griffon Vendeen, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen and the Grand Griffon Vendeen. These hounds were the product of a cross between the Southern Hound and various rough-coated Italian dogs. These dogs were first bred in the 15th century by one of the king's clerks.

The French Revolution nearly wiped out these dogs. During the 20th century, though, a club was formed that aimed to increase the numbers of this breed. Today, the Grand Griffon Vendeen is quite rare and is relatively unknown outside of France. Other related breeds include the Griffon Bleu de Gascogne, the Griffon Nivernais and the Basset Fauve de Bretagne.

Appearance The Grand Griffon Vendeen has a muzzle that is strong and straight, and a skull that is well-domed. Dogs of this breed have a strong nose that is either brown or black in colour, with nostrils that are well-opened. These dogs have large eyes that are dark and bright in colour. Their ears are fine and narrow, and hang down beside their head. The neck of these dogs is elegant and have no dewlaps. Their body has a solid back that is slightly rising or straight. Their tail is shaped like a saber, is rather long, and is set high. These dogs have forelegs that are straight, well-boned, and powerful, while their hind legs are solid. They also have long, muscular thighs. The coat of these dogs is bushy, harsh, and long, with a dense undercoat.

Colours The coat of these dogs can sport various shades of tawny, gray, orange or black and tan. Usually, these colours appear as spots or markings on white.

Temperament Grand Griffon Vendeens are strong-willed, independent scent hounds that love to hunt. They are active dogs and need owners who will provide them with the physical and mental stimulation they need. Being excellent hunters, these dogs can hunt in water and even on harsh terrain. These dogs are docile and can be friendly even with strangers. They also get along well with children. When socialized at an early age, these dogs may be good with other pets, although they may chase them.

Height and Weight Male dogs of this breed are approximately 24 1/2 to 27 inches high, while females have a height that ranges from 23 1/2 to 25 1/2 inches. These dogs weigh approximately 77 pounds.

Common Health Problems Dogs of this breed are generally healthy and have no recorded genetic health concerns. They may, however, be afflicted with ailments that are common to all types of dogs.

Living Conditions These dogs are not suitable for city life. They should not be kept inside apartments, and it's best for these dogs to be provided with acreage or at least a large, fenced yard.

Exercise Requirements Being active dogs, Grand Griffon Vendeens should be provided with much exercise. It's important for these dogs to be taken out for long walks or jogs daily. These dogs would also appreciate being given a job to do, and they would love to have active, outdoorsy owners.

Training Requirements The hunting instinct of these dogs and their high level of independence can make them challenging to train. It's important for owners to be able to show strong leadership skills and teach the dogs that humans are higher in pack rank than dogs are. Grand Griffon Vendeens should also be socialized and trained for obedience at an early age.

Life Expectancy Due to their rarity, the life span of these dogs is unknown.

Grooming These dogs should be brushed on a regularly. They should only be bathed when necessary.

Famous Examples

CompleteDogsGuide Comment

Breeders Comments: Send us yours comments, advice for owners, potential owners etc.

Owners Comments: Send us any of your comments. Thanks in advance.

More Grand Griffon Vendeen Information: Check out our Grand Griffon Vendeen Clubs and links to more informative websites dedicated to the breed.

Submit your Grand Griffon Vendeen pictures Send us any pics of your Grand Griffon Vendeen , let us know there name and age and any other details. We'll add to this page. Contact us



Dog Breeds Dog Breeds

Send us pictures of your dog as adult and puppy as well as any breed specific information on your breed of dog to help us build the best dog breed guide on the net!

Dog Psychology

Learn how your dogs mind works, get a better understanding of your dog, communicate better and ultimately build an even better bond in our Dog Psychology section.

Dog Stories

Have a dog story to tell? Please write it and send to us along with pictures if you have any and we'll add to our dog story section. Contact Us.


© 2007 Complete Dogs Guide