The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is derived, like all bassets, from hounds of superior size, in this case the Grand Griffon. The first selections were made at the end of the 19th century by the Comte d’Elva who was looking for subjects with “straight legs”. But it was Paul Dézamy who was especially responsible for fixing the type. He had understood that in order to catch a hare, dogs of a certain size were needed. He fixed the size at about 43 cm. Today used primarily when hunting with a gun, it is capable of hunting all furry game, from the rabbit to the wild boar. A team of Grand Bassets won the 5th edition of the European Cup for hare.
Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens a long-backed, short legged hunting breed of dog of the hound type, originating in the Vendée region of France. They are still used today to hunt boar, deer, and to track rabbit and hare, but are more commonly kept as a domestic pet.
They are pack dogs, so owners should either spend a lot of time with them or get a second dog or cat. They have a happy and confident personality, which can sometimes manifest itself as disobedience, but they are great companions.
The UK Kennel Club conducted a health survey of Basset Griffon Vendéens (Petit and Grand varieties combined) in 2004. This is apparently the only completed health survey (as of July 16, 2007) that might include Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen, but it is unclear what proportion of dogs in the survey were Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens instead of the more common Petit.
Average longevity of 76 deceased Basset Griffon Vendéens (varieties combined) in the 2004 UK Kennel Club survey was 12.1 years (maximum 17.3 years). Leading causes of death were cancer (33%), old age (24%), and cardiac (7%).
Compared to surveyed longevities of other breeds of similar size, Basset Griffon Vendéens have a typical or somewhat higher than average life expectancy.
Among 289 live Basset Griffon Vendéens (varieties combined) in the 2004 UKC survey, the most common health issues noted by owners were reproductive, dermatologic (dermatitis and mites), and aural (otitis externa, excessive ear wax, and ear mites).
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Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen
- Independent, Happy, Outgoing
- AKC Breed Popularity: Ranks 177 of 193
- Height: 15.5-18 inches
- Weight: 40-45 pounds
- Life Expectancy: 13-15 years
- Group: Hound Group
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Club of America (GBGVCA) was created to help establish and legitimatize the breed in America in 2013, with the goal of getting the breed approved for full registration with the American Kennel Club. As the designated breed club, the GBGVCA plays an important role as the standard keeper and preservation of this rare French scent hound in the United States. As well, they are the ones who dictate what health testing is necessary to preserve this breed for many generations to come. In addition to the care of the breed, it is also the GBGVCA that is unifying community to promote this breed in the United States in healthy and ethical manner—ensuring that these hounds are responsibly cared for for the life of the dog.
Since the full acceptance of the GBGV into the AKC Hound Group in January 2018, the attention has turned to ensuring the public is fully educated on this breed, and to further promote the healthy breeding and participation of GBGV’s in all avenues of performance and conformation. In addition, to be a resource for individuals looking for more information about this breed.