Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen
Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens is a short legged, long-backed, hunting breed of dog originating in the Vendée region of France. They are more commonly kept as a domestic pet but still used today to hunt deer, boar, and to track rabbit and hare.
They have a confident and joyful personality, which can sometimes marked as disobedience.
It is a small, low to the ground dog, and is about 50% longer than it is tall.
The GBGV can be traced back to the 16th century originated from Vendee in the west countryside of France. They were bred slightly smaller to cope with the environment that they were used in. There are two varieties of these- the Grand and the Petit. Today these dogs are still used in packs or as individuals.
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a small, low to the ground dog and is about 50% longer than it is tall. They have a leveled topline. The head is in good proportion with the rest of the body. The domed skull is oval in shape. They have a black large nose with wide nostrils. The teeth meet in a level bite or scissors. They have large dark oval eyes. The thin, long, oval, hair covers ears reach to the tip of the nose. The tail is medium in length, covered with hair. The coat is white with combination of orange, sable, lemon, black, tricolor markings. Their length varies from 32 to 40 cm in males and for females it is 31 to 38 cm.
These dogs can be stubborn, active, lively, independent and bold but they are always willing to please. They are not well suited to reside in towns, they are well suited for country life and also get on well with children and strangers and other dogs. They are friendly natured.
The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen is a healthy and carefree breed. They posses hereditary eye abnormalities that include retinal folds and persistent pupillary membranes, which do not affect vision. There have been a few cases of glaucoma reported which is the condition resulting in blindness disorders and epilepsy is infrequently reported and also there have been cases of Hypothyroidism, food allergies and also skin allergies.
This breed of dogs does not require a lot of grooming, a weekly groom is sufficient to remove dead hair and dirt. The areas around the mouth and bottom should be checked and kept clean on a regular basis and trimming of these areas may be required. The coat of the dog should not be trimmed.Their lifespan is almost 12-14 years