Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
Other names: Basset Griffon Vendéen (Grand), GBGV
This chirpy but business-like bearded lady is a rarity on British soil, but that could easily change since her appeal is clear to see. Her unique coat, friendly expression, and a passion for being with other living creatures make the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen an interesting choice for a family. Bred to be a hunter (particularly of hares, for which her size was carefully engineered), she is more athletic and with greater stamina than you might think to look at her. She is generally healthy and will fit as neatly into an apartment setting as she does into the countryside.
Key facts about the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
Origins and history
This bearded lady was first cultivated to catch hares in the Vendée region of France in the 16th century, and she became known as the Basset Griffon Francais. The Griffon divided into four distinct breeds over the years, of which the Vendeen is one.
FCI breed nomenclature
Group 6 - Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1 : Scent hounds
Physical characteristics of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
Female : Between 15 and 17 in
Male : Between 16 and 17 in
Female : Between 40 and 44 lb
Male : Between 40 and 44 lb
There are many options: Black and white; black and tan; fawn and white; fawn with black and white; fawn and black. These colours may be arranged as spotting or overlay, and colour names associated with this handsome Basset’s many looks include hare, wolf, badger, and wild boar colour.
Type of coat
Hard, flat, with some fringes.
This noble little tyke resembles several other types of dog while carving out her own unique look on the scene. Shortish, compared to her body that goes on and on, her fur has an effortlessly woolly look. Great flappy ears echo her hairy chops, a leitmotif that finds its expression also in her eyebrows. But despite these affectations, she has the strength and stamina of an athlete, as you can see from the taut tones of her trunk and legs. Never let her soulful eyes and geriatric facial hair convince you that she is frail or weak.
Good to know
This dog can and has been trained to track humans such as missing persons and escaped convicts.
She is among the warmest and most affectionate of dogs.
She loves to play and is not nearly so serious as she looks.
This dog is generally level-headed, although her hunting instincts can rock the boat.
She is every bit as intelligent as she looks, but can also be a bit stubborn.
She was bred to hunt rabbits and retains that instinct still.
Fearful / wary of strangers
She can be most enthusiastic towards unfamiliar company.
One of the few challenges of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is that she can get a little lost in her own plans and ideas, as is the case with many a hunting dog.
Behaviour of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
She really isn’t too keen on being left alone, so should be acclimatized to solitude from a young age, if necessary.
Easy to train / obedience
She’s intelligent and driven, and wants to please her master. However, like so many promising students she can grow stubborn if she finds herself bored by repetitive exercises or meaningless routines.
As long as her needs are met, she doesn’t really bark excessively, or without good reason.