Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen

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Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen
Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen
Other namesBasset Griffon Vendéen (Grand), GBGV
Common nicknamesGBGV
Height Dogs 40–44 cm (16–17 in)
Bitches 39–43 cm (15–17 in)
Coat Hard, not too long and flat, never silky or woolly.
Colour White, with any combination of lemon, orange, sable, grizzle or black markings. Tricolour. Black and tan.
Litter size 7–12 average
Life span over 10 years
Kennel club standards
Société Centrale Canine standard
FCI standard
Dog (domestic dog)

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen or GBGV is a dog breed from France.


The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is derived from the Grand Griffon. The first selections were made at the end of the 19th century by the Comte d'Elva who was looking for subjects with "straight legs". But it was Paul Dézamy who was especially responsible for fixing the type. He had understood that in order to catch a hare, dogs of a certain size were needed. He fixed the size at about 43 cm. Today used primarily when hunting with a gun, it is capable of hunting all mammalian game, from the rabbit to the wild boar. A team of Grand Bassets won the fifth edition of the European Cup for hare.[1] The GBGV is one of six types of "basset"-type breeds recognised by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI). [2]


Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen


Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens a long-backed, short-legged hunting breed of dog of the hound type, originating in the Vendée region of France. They are still used today to hunt boar, deer, and to track rabbit and hare, but are more commonly kept as a domestic pet.


They are pack dogs, so owners should either spend a lot of time with them or get a second dog or a cat. They have a happy and confident personality, which can sometimes manifest itself as disobedience. With obedience training and patience, they can make great companions.



Average longevity of 76 deceased Basset Griffon Vendéens (varieties combined) in the 2004 UK Kennel Club survey was 12.1 years (maximum 17.3 years).[3] Leading causes of death were cancer (33%), old age (24%), and cardiac (7%).

Compared to surveyed longevities of other breeds of similar size, Basset Griffon Vendéens have a typical or somewhat higher than average life expectancy.[4]

Among 289 live Basset Griffon Vendéens (varieties combined) in the 2004 UKC survey, the most common health issues noted by owners were reproductive, dermatologic (dermatitis and mites), and aural (otitis externa, excessive ear wax, and ear mites).[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ FCI standard
  2. ^ Fogle, Bruce (2002). Dogalog. Dorling Kindersley. p. 48. ISBN 978-0-7894-8394-2.
  3. ^ a b "Purebred Dog Health Survey". KC/BSAVA Scientific Committee. The Kennel Club. Archived from the original on 13 August 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2007.
  4. ^ "Weight and longevity page". K. M. Cassidy. Retrieved 5 July 2007.