Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

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40-44 lbs
GBGV, Big Griffon Vendeen Basset

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen or GBGV as he is affectionately called by fanciers of the breed is a mischievous companion who requires a firm hand and definite boundaries. He is smart and will learn quickly, but he will also test your limits and show his stubborn side. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen does not like small spaces and will not thrive living in an apartment. He enjoys life best when he has a large yard and can get plenty of exercise. The GBGV is very social and would make an excellent therapy dog as he loves meeting new people.

Scenthound, Companion
Date of Origin

Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Health

Average Size
Male Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen size stats
Height: 15-18 inches Weight: 40-44 lbs
Female Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen size stats
Height: 15-17 inches Weight: 40-44 lbs
Major Concerns
  • Epilepsy
  • Leishmaniasis
Minor Concerns
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Hip Dysplasia
Occasional Tests
  • X-Rays
  • Full Physical Examination
  • OFA on hips and elbows

Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Breed History

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen originated in Vendee, France in the 1700s as a scent hound that hunted small game such as hare. Many mistakenly believe that the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is simply a larger version of the Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen, however, this is not the case as they have completely different breed standards. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen comes from large hounds, especially the Grand Griffon. The breed type was not set until near the end of the 19th century when Comte d’Elva began looking for Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen with a specific look. However, Paul Dezamy is credited with setting the breed standard as it is known today. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen became proficient at catching wild game from rabbit to wild boar. In 1990, the first Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen was imported into the United States from Holland by Mike and Arlene Dickinson. This was a male. Then in 1991 a female was imported into the Unites States, again from Holland by the Dickinsons. In 1992, Carolyn Marzano imported another Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen from Holland. Then, in 1994, Jennifer King and J.M. Ryder imported the fourth Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen into the United States. These four dogs became the foundation of most of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen found within the United States. The American Kennel Club began recording the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen into its Foundation Stock Service in 2004. This is the first step any breed must take before becoming officially recognized by the American Kennel Club.

Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Breed Appearance

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen should be a medium sized, strongly built, well balanced hound with a deep chest and straight legs. He comes in several different colors including black and tan, lemon and white, black and white, orange and white, tri-color and fawn and black. He will have a distinctive moustache and beard as well as long eyebrows, giving him a wizened look. His coat is straight and harsh and is semi-long with fringing on his tail, legs and neck. His hair should never be excessively long. His undercoat should be dense but not soft. The topcoat must be harsh, never wooly or silky. From the bridge of his nose up to his eyes, the hair should fan upwards but not cover his inquisitive eyes. His eyebrows should also never obscure his eyes. He should also have a moustache and beard that is similar to the Schnauzer. His moustache and beard should never be overly long and needs to be combed regularly to remove any food particles.

Eye Color Possibilities
brown Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen eyes
Nose Color Possibilities
black Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen nose
Coat Color Possibilities
black Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen coat
white Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen coat
fawn Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen coat
Coat Length
Short Medium Long
Coat Density
Sparse Normal Dense
Coat Texture
Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen straight coat texture
Straight Wiry Wavy Curly Corded

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.

Brushes for Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
Nail Clipper
Brushing Frequency
Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen requires weekly brushing
Daily Weekly Monthly

Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Temperament

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is an independent, stubborn and energetic dog. He is not known for being an obedient dog and does have a mind of his own. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen will require constant training and socialization to ensure that he is a well-rounded and happy dog. Since he is so energetic, he does require a lot of mental and physical stimulation. He does not do well living in an apartment unless he is given plenty of time outside, running and playing. He does crave human interaction and can be a very upbeat dog. Once he has bonded with his family, typically he will not stray far from them. He is also great with other dogs, children. He can have a high prey drive so do not leave him alone with small pets. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is probably not the best choice for first time dog owners because of his stubborn nature. First time dog owners can easily become frustrated by his lack of obedience, although he may win them over with his happy-go-lucky attitude.

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