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Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen
Characteristics, History, and Health

Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, often shortened to GBGV, is a breed of dog originating from the Vendée region of France. These dogs are part of a family of Griffon Vendeen breeds, which includes four variations of size. The GBGV is the larger, longer-bodied version of the breed ("Grand" translates as "large" in French). The breed dates back to at least the 16th century, originally used as hunting dogs due to their exceptional scent-tracking abilities. Their primary role was to track hare and other small game in the rugged terrain of the Vendée region.

Main Info
Alternate Names
Grand Griffon Vendeen, Vendeen Basset
Life Expectancy
13-15 years
Average Male Height
15.5-18 inches
Average Female Height
15.5-18 inches
Average Male Weight
40-45 pounds
Average Female Weight
40-45 pounds
Coat Length
Coat Type
Wiry, Double
Coat Colors
Black & Tan, Fawn, White & Black, White & Gray, White & Lemon, White & Orange, White & Sable, White Black & Tan, White & Grizzle
Coat Pattern

Genetic Predispositions and Health

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is a generally healthy breed, but may suffer from allergies, epilepsy, glaucoma, BGV pain syndrome, hip dysplasia, and hypothyroidism. Genetic testing is recommended, including for the following additional conditions: hyperuricosoria, degenerative myelopathy, and progressive rod-cone degeneration.

Personality and Behavior

GBGVs are known for their friendly and laid-back nature. They are sociable dogs that generally get along well with people and other animals. Despite their typically calm demeanor, they have a strong instinct to track scents, which can sometimes make them stubborn and independent. They are intelligent dogs, but their independent nature can sometimes make them challenging to train. They require patient, consistent training methods and plenty of mental and physical stimulation.

Fun Facts

The breed's name is pronounced 'Grand-Bah-SAY Gree-FOHN VON-day-uhn.'

The GBGV's coat is rough and long, giving them a distinctive, shaggy appearance. Their bushy eyebrows, beard, and mustache contribute to their unique and endearing look.

Despite their size, GBGVs are surprisingly agile and quick. They have a distinctive, fast-paced trot when they're on the scent trail.

The GBGV's keen nose is thought to be second only to the Bloodhound's in terms of scenting ability