Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Breed Maintenance
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen has a distinctive coat that is not like any other hound. Since he has a harsh, wiry coat, he must be hand plucked or stripped at least once a year. It is better for his coat to hand pluck him twice a year. A regular brush should not be used on his coat; a hound mitt can be used to quickly remove dead or loose hairs but should not replace hand plucking. While the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen does not necessarily drool, he can appear to drool after taking a drink. His beard can easily get in the way and be submerged in his water. You will need to comb his beard and moustache often to remove any food particles or other debris and keep smell to a minimum. Do not over bathe your GBGV. Excessive bathing can cause skin issues by removing the natural oils needed to condition his coat and skin. When your GBGV requires a bath, use a shampoo that is made specifically for wire coats. Trim his nails every few weeks as needed. His ears should be cleaned once a week.