Grand Griffon Vendeen
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Grand Griffon Vendeen
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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