Non-sporting Breeds

Grand Griffon Vendeen

Grand Griffon Vendeen
Pedigree Points
Recognized: AKC, ANKC, CKC, FCI, KC (GB), KUSA
Height: 24-26 in (61 -66cm)
Weight: 66-77 lb (30-35kg)
Coat: Rough, long, and harsh to the touch, never silky or woolly, with a thick undercoat
Color: Solid fawn or hare; white with red, fawn, gray, or black markings; bicolor or tricolor

The Griffons Vendeen are French sporting dogs that occur in a number of varieties, including the Grand and Petit Basset. The Grand is the largest and is reputedly the oldest of the varieties. It is thought to be a descendant of a white Saint Hubert Hound crossed with a tawny and white Italian bitch. The introduction of Nivernais Griffon and setter blood is said to have added stamina and endurance. Originally used for wolf hunting, the Grand is now used for wild boar. The Grand Griffon Vendeen is an intelligent dog that makes a good family pet as well as a hunter. It is independent and loves to wander, so all escape routes should be sealed. It requires considerable exercise, and needs regular grooming with brush and comb.
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