Griffon Nivernais

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Life expectancy

The Griffon Nivernais has a life expectancy of between 11 and 13 years




Adult size

Female Between 21 and 24 in
Male Between 22 and 24 in

Adult weight

Female Between 51 and 60 lb
Male Between 51 and 60 lb
Coat colour
Blue Sand
Type of coat
Long Hard
Eye colour
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More details about the Griffon Nivernais

Griffon Nivernais: Origins and history

His ‘ancestors’ ran with the Gauls, or came over with the Crusades, or both, depending on who you believe, mixing with grey Saint Louis dogs to create monstrous and hard-working dogs of almost mythological stature. But their numbers dwindled during the reign of Francis I, who preferred a white dog, and the Nivernais’ lineage was preserved only by the efforts of certain noblemen. When they lost their heads in the 18th century, the Nivernais’ breath was also cut. Later enthusiasts rebuilt the breed from scratch, using genetic elements of the Grand Griffon Vendéen, the Otterhound, and the Foxhound, although it is whispered that a soupcon of the original Nivernais made its way in, too, through the seed of a rare survivor of that ancient breed.

FCI classification of the Griffon Nivernais

  • Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds

  • Section 2 : Leash (scent) Hounds

Training a Griffon Nivernais

The Griffon Nivernais is not difficult, but requires firm, consistent training to flourish.

Griffon Nivernais: Purchase price

We do not have enough data to set an average price. Looking after a dog of this size typically costs between £70 to £110 a month, including food, medical/insurance, and incidental expenses.

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