The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is a medium-sized, long-backed, short-legged French scenthound traditionally used to hunt wild boar, deer and rabbit. Today, they are more popular as a pet.
A loose translation of the name would be: Grand (large), Basset (low), Griffon (rough-coated), Vendéen (from the Vendée region of France).
The four breeds of Griffon Vendéen hounds originated over 400 years ago when hunters desired a dog able to traverse the bramble infested, rocky region of the Vendeé. The Basset Griffon Vendéen arrived in the late 19th century and by 1907 the Club du Griffon Vendéen recognized two versions: the larger Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen and smaller Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen.
The other two Griffon Vendéen hounds are the Grand Griffon Vendéen and Briquet Griffon Vendéen.
Weight: Female: 40–44 lbs (18–20 kg) Male: 40–44 lbs (18–20 kg)
Height: Female: 15–17 inches (38–44 cm) Male: 15–18 inches (39–45 cm)
Coat: Rough and straight.
Color: Black & Tan, Black & White, Tri-Color, Fawn & Black, Orange & White, Lemon & White.
Litter Size: 7-12
Life span: 12-14 years
Temperament: Happy, Alert, Well-mannered, Vocal, Courageous, Fast.
Health: Healthy breed. Some may be susceptible to epilepsy and primary open angle glaucoma (POAG).
• The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen was recognized by the AKC in 2018.
ANKC: Group 4 (Hounds)
KC (UK): Hound
UKC: Scenthound Breeds
FCI: Group 6, Section 1.3 Scenthounds: Small #33