Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Breeders, Breed Clubs and Rescue
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen only arrived in the UK in 1989, since when he has generated a great deal of interest. In France he is one of the most popular hound breeds. For a Basset he is reasonably tall – between 39-43cm but at 18-20kg he is no heavyweight like his British cousin. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen (or GBGV) is believed to have originated in the Vendee in Western France in the 16thC, where he was bred to hunt, either singly or in packs, hare and rabbit, and sometimes larger game such as boar and deer. He has the traditional drawbacks of the scenthound in that once he is on the scent he will be deaf to his owners calls. So, obviously a well-fenced garden is essential.
Those that live with the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen describe him as having a sense of humour and indeed the Breed Standard calls for a happy, outgoing attitude. Whilst he has a strongly independent streak he also has a desire to please; firm handling from the outset is very important so that he is clear about his place in the family pecking order.
He is, overall a very sound, unexaggerated dog. His coat is rough and lies flat with a dense undercoat with abundant beard and moustache and upstanding eyebrows. The coat only requires tidying, and if he is to be shown then not trimmed. He is an unfussy, cheerful member of the household who takes most things comfortably in his stride. In common with other scenthounds he can be rather vocal; he has plenty of energy but ought always to be exercised away from roads and livestock.
An immensely attractive looking hound, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen (GBGV) is free from hereditary faults, and has much to recommend him; however, he is a hard work dog and will only live up to your expectations of him if you can give him the time and attention he needs.
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Rescue and Rehoming
In the unfortunate event you need to re-home your dog, or you are looking to give a home to an older dog, contact the Breed Clubs for their assistance. It is always wise to speak to people who are expert in the breed so you can get the best possible help.