Know about Griffon Nivernais

Griffon Nivernais

Origin

It’s undoubtedly that the Griffon Nivernais is a rural boy and as such it demands a significant amount of physical activity. When it’s not assigned to perform hunting duties the dog must be taken for a long and brisk walk every single day. This dog is not the best option for the life in an apartment and it can become quite miserable without an opportunity to run and investigate unrestricted. The master should make sure that the dog is exercised in sufficient degree. The Griffon Nivernais is sensitive to the heat so it would be clever to put off or shorten the walk in unusually warm days.

Griffon Nivernais

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The Griffon Nivernais is an ancient scent hound breed originating in France. The Griffon Nivernais that is seen these days are actually a reconstruction of the ancient dogs of 14th century. The original and much larger Nivernais were kept by French noblemen and were used to hunt wolves and wild boars but they vanished during French revolution. The breed was reconstructed in 1925 using Grand Griffon Vendeen as foundation breed and mixing bloodlines of Otter hound and Foxhound breeds.

 

Portrayal

The modern Griffon Nivernais stand between 21.5-24.5 inches. The dog comes with moderately long head and flat skull. Of same length as skull, the muzzle tapers slightly towards predominant black nose. Lively, piercing and very expressive eyes can be dark or light in color. Long, supple and fine ears are attached at eye level and hang down the head, reaching nose when drawn outwards. The slightly rectangular body has a rather narrow but long and solid back. Deep chest descends to level of the elbows. Moderately long tail is set high, well furnished and carried in a saber fashion. A distinct shaggy coat covers the body and comes in grizzled fashion.

 

Personality

Griffon Nivernais has a solid temperament and they make good pack dogs. Its deep voice and good nose makes it better a hunting dog than its peers. The Griffon Nivernais does not usually have many health problems. It is usually described as a courageous dog. But with its great valor, it is also called obstinate and independent. The training to show the dog who the master is should start when these dogs are puppies, like training for most dogs. This dog loves difficult terrain and thickets in particular. Recently this breed is seeing a renewed interest and the demand for Griffon Nivernais puppies has gone up.

 

Griffon Nivernais

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Grooming

As the primarily working breed the Griffon Nivernais has low grooming requirements. Nonetheless its coat should be brushed systematically and thoroughly preferably on a weekly basis. The ears of the dog should get special attention particularly if the dog has been participating in the hunt. Infrequent baths should be done only when it’s absolutely necessary since water washes off the natural oil of the dog’s hair.

 

Exercise

It’s undoubtedly that the Griffon Nivernais is a rural boy and as such it demands a significant amount of physical activity. When it’s not assigned to perform hunting duties the dog must be taken for a long and brisk walk every single day. This dog is not the best option for the life in an apartment and it can become quite miserable without an opportunity to run and investigate unrestricted. The master should make sure that the dog is exercised in sufficient degree. The Griffon Nivernais is sensitive to the heat so it would be clever to put off or shorten the walk in unusually warm days.

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