Grand Griffon Vendéen

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Grand Griffon Vendéen
Grand griffon vendéen aka Large Vendéen Griffon.JPG
A Grand Griffon Vendéen.
Other namesLarge Vendéen Griffon
Classification / standards
FCI Group 6, Section 1.1 Scenthounds: Large #282 standard
Domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris)

A Grand Griffon Vendéen is a breed of hunting dog originating in France. It existed as early as the 16th Century,[1] and was the first of the Vendée griffons to be bred. It is a descendant of the Canis segusius used by the Gauls, through the so-called King's whites and the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne, which is also an ancestor of the Basset Fauve de Bretagne.

A 19th-century painting of a Grand Griffon Vendéen.

There are also several other breeds of Griffons from Vendée, all of them smaller: the Briquet Griffon Vendéen, and the Grand and Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen. Related Griffon breeds include the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne, the Griffon Bleu de Gascogne and the Griffon Nivernais.



  • "Grand Griffon Vendéen" FCI-Standard N° 282, 18 February 2000 Fédération Cynologique Internationale (World Canine Federation) standard;
  • Choron, Sandra and Choron, Harry (2005) Planet Dog: A Doglopedia Houghton Mifflin Books, Boston, ISBN 0-618-51752-9 p. 180;

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