The Briquet Griffon Vendeen belongs to the Vendee line of small game hunter, griffon-type dogs. They have a coarse, wiry coat and a friendly demeanor. Don't let their outgoing natures fool you though; they can quickly develop a stubborn streak that rivals any mule out there. The Briquet Griffon Vendeen has amazing stamina and fortitude and needs an owner willing to let them run and play for hours each day. They do require a lot of time and energy to help them become excellent family companions. The Briquet Griffon Vendeen does have a strong prey drive and should be watched closely if there are small pets within the home.
Briquet Griffon Vendeen Dog Names In Pop Culture
The Briquet Griffon Vendeen is the least known of the Griffon Vendeen breeds and is not recognized by the American Kennel Club (AKC) but has finally been recognized by the Federation Cynologique Internationale (FCI) and the United Kennel Club (UKC). The Briquet Griffon Vendeen’s closest cousin, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, or PBGV, is considered the most popular of the four Griffon Vendeen breeds within the United States. They earned their popularity through the hard work of breeders and exhibitors such as Charlen PBGV. Charlen is currently exhibiting several PBGVs including Alfie or American Champion Afterglow Bon Apetite De Charlen. With the PBGV gaining popularity along with the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen or GBGV being fully accepted by the AKC in 2018, many fanciers of the Briquet Griffon Vendeen are hopeful their turn is soon coming and the AKC will accept them into its Foundation Stock Service (FSS) which is the first step to becoming fully recognized as a breed by the AKC. The Briquet Griffon Vendeen is gaining popularity throughout Europe and there has been a recent surge in the number of Briquet Griffon Vendeens being imported into North America.
The Briquet Griffon Vendeen, also known as the Medium Griffon Vendeen, is a medium-sized hunting dog that originated in France and shares common ancestors with the other Griffon Vendeen breeds. Bred down from the Grand Griffon Vendeen, they were originally bred to hunt smaller game such as hare and used as pack animals for wild boar and roe deer. The downsizing of the larger Griffon Vendeen began in the 1600s and the new, smaller variety was preferred by the Comte d’Elva. Unfortunately, after World War II the Briquet Griffon Vendeen almost become extinct. However, through intense efforts by Hubert Dezamy, a French dog show judge, the breed did rebound. The breed is still considered rare but there has been more interest garnered throughout Europe since being recognized by the FCI. While some researchers claim the Briquet Griffon Vendeen was bred down using only smaller sized Grand Griffon Vendeens, others claim that smaller French hunting dogs were also used to solidify the smaller sized breed. The shaggy, wizened look of the Briquet Griffon Vendeen is very similar to the Grand Griffon Vendeen. The Briquet Griffon Vendeen was then used to breed even smaller hunting dogs and the creation of the Petit Griffon Vendeen came about. Many people who see the Briquet Griffon Vendeen think it is either a very small Grand Griffon Vendeen or a very large Petit Griffon Vendeen instead of its own unique breed.
Briquet Griffon Vendeen Dog Name Considerations
You may have some difficulty tracking down a Briquet Griffon Vendeen breeder. However, if you have your heart set on bringing a Briquet Griffon Vendeen puppy home, importing directly from France may be your best option. After you have located a Briquet Griffon Vendeen for your family, it will be time to start preparing for the arrival of your bundle of energy. The Briquet Griffon Vendeen is a high energy dog that will require a lot of attention and toys to keep them from becoming destructive. Finding a name for your new friend should not be as stressful as locating a good trainer and doggy daycare. Take some time to research names you find interesting. Since the Briquet Griffon Vendeen is steeped in French history, you may look into names that have a decidedly French influence. Do not feel compelled to name your Briquet Griffon Vendeen Jean-Pierre or some other such cliché of a name simply because of their French ancestry. Take the time to get to know them and if you are still set on Jean-Pierre, then go for it, but review your options before settling on any name. Many times your new puppy will give you a great idea for a fun, inventive name that is not at all cliché.