Grand Griffon Vendeen
A Grand Griffon Vendeen is a French breed used for hunting. This breed exists since 16th Century and is also the first of the Vendee Griffons which were bred. This breed is the descendant of the Canis Segusius which were used by the Gauls. There are even some other breeds of the Griffons from Vendee, which are all smaller: these are the Briquet Griffon Vendeen and the Grand and Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. One can also find some other related Griffon breeds which are the basset Fauve de Bretagne, the Griffon Nivernais and also the Griffon Bleu de Gascogne.
During the early 16th century, there was a Grand Vendeen breed which was developed by the breeding between the short coated Vendeen and the white hounds of King. When this Grand Vendeen was crossed with various other Griffons, it gave birth to another breed named as the Grand Griffon Vendeen. This breed was majorly used in large hunting games to hunt sta, wild boar, roe deer and even the fox but they did this task usually in packs.
The Grand Griffon Vendeen breed was recognized by the United Kennel club on January 1, 1996.
The Grand Griffon Vendeen is a distinguished French type breed which has a well proportioned and robust body structure without being heavy.
The Grand Griffon Vendeen does not have a wide skull. When it is viewed from fornt, the skull is found to be fairly doomed. If this breed has a flat skull, then it is one of the faults. This dog has a strong muzzle which is as long as the skull with a straight or slightly convex nasal bone. The pendulous lips cover the lower jaw and give the muzzle a square look. The Grand Griffon Vendeen has a complete set of even spaced teeth which are white in colour and meet in a perfect scissors bite. They generally possess a large black nose with well opened nostrils. The eyes are large, bright and dark with fully pigmented tight rims. They have supple, narrow and fine ears which are set below the eye level and end above the nose in an elongated ovular shape.
The Grand Griffon Vendeen has an elegant neck which shows the absence of dewlap.
The Grand Griffon Vendeen has a deep chest and long and rounded ribs. They have a solid back which may be straight or slightly sloped. This breed has tight and well defined feet along with the solid pads and strong nails. Generally, this breed has a long tail which is thick at the base and tapering towards the end. The coat of the Grand Griffon Vendeen is fairly long. Coarse and hard and has a dense undercoat. They have well pronounced moustache and eyebrows which should not cover the eyes. The Grand Griffon Vendeen vary in height from 24.5 to 27.5 inches in males and 23.5 to 25.5 in females.
The Grand Griffon Vendeen is generally docile but also wilful and passionate and because of their strong instinct towards hunting, they are mostly kept in fences or in hands.
Faults and Disqualification
The body structure of the Grand Griffon Vendeen may show some of these faults, like, flat skull, level bite instead of scissors bite, fine coat, light eyes or high set or short ears.
The size of the dog may disqualify it from the breed. It is supposed to be neither oversized nor undersized. The colour of the coat should never be solid white or black and the coat should not be woolly at all. The kinked tail, wall eyes, Dudley nose and overshot or undershot teeth are also a big reason for their disqualification.