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Vendee Griffon Breed Description

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Breed Organization

United Kennel Club (UKC)

Native Country

Other Names
Ardennes Hound, Griffon Vendeen Bloodhound, Flanders Hound

Life Expectancy
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Litter Size
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Breed Group

General Description

Vendee Griffon is a breed of hunting dog originating in France. It was the first of the Vendée griffons to be bred from the Greffier whose lineage dates back to the 16th Century. There are also several other breeds of Griffons from Vendée, all of them smaller: the Briquet Griffon Vendéen, and the Grand and Petit Basset Griffon Vendéen. Related Griffon breeds include the Griffon Fauve de Bretagne, the Griffon Bleu de Gascogne and the Griffon Nivernais.

Breed Standard

Head: Long, not too broad. Fairly short in the Medium Vendee Griffon. Fairly domed skull. Pronounced stop. Nosebridge straight or slightly curved. Thick mustache. Shorter muzzle in the Small Vendee Griffon Basset.
Ears: Set on low. Supple, narrow, thin, covered with long hair. Turning considerably inward.
Eyes: Fairly large, dark.
Body: Strong. Long in the Large Vendee Griffon Basset, not as long in the Small Vendee Griffon Basset. Fairly long neck without dewlap. Chest deep and not very broad. Fairly rounded ribs. Solid loin. - Great Vendee Griffon: well-muscled loin. Solid, short back.- Medium Vendee Griffon: loin straight and muscular. Solid, short back.- Large Vendee Griffon Basset: very muscular, broad croup. Long, broad, staight back.- Small Vendee Griffon Basset: well-muscled, fairly broad croup. Muscular, straight loin.
Tail: Set on high, fairly long, thick at the base, tufted, tapering toward the tip. Carried in saber fashion.
Hair: Not excessively long, harsh to the touch, neither silky nor woolly. Thick undercoat. Eyebrows well pronounced in the Great Vendee Griffon, sometimes bushy in the Medium Vendee Griffon. Moderate feathering in the Vendee Griffon Bassets.
- Solid-color: a shade of fawn, hare, whitish-grey.
- Bicolor: white and orange, white and black, white and grey, white and tan.- Tricolor: white, black and tan. Whitish hare. White, grey, and tan.
- Great Vendee Griffon: 60 to 65 cm. (23.5-25.5 in).
- Medium Vendee Griffon: 48 to 55 cm. (19-21.7 in).- Large Vendee Griffon
Weight: - Great Vendee Griffon: approx. 35 kg. (77 lb).
- Medium Vendee Griffon: approx. 29 kg. (64 lb).
- Large Vendee Griffon Basset: approx. 18 kg. (39.7 lb).
- Small Vendee Griffon Basset: approx. 15 kg. (33 lb).


The Vendee Griffon comes in four varieties or sub-breeds:- The Great Vendee Griffon, initially the only variety. It is believed to be descended from the Chien Blanc du Roy (or Greffier), the Brittany Fawn Griffon, the Chien Gris de Saint Louis, and the Bresse Griffon. Hunters used this variety to track wolf and wild boar. The Vendee Griffon club was founded in 1907. By 1946, the "breed" was virtually extinct. It was revived under the guidance of M. A. Dezamy, the club's president. A new standard was published in 1969. Crosses with the Billy and the Great Anglo-French Hound made the breed more lightweight, faster, and more disciplined;- The Medium Vendee Griffon, touted as "a well-balanced and improved version of the Great Vendee Griffon." This variety was developed in the early twentieth century by the Count of Elva. After World War II, it was crossed with the Grey Porcelaine Harrier;- The Large Vendee Griffon Basset, descended from the Great Vendee Griffon. P. Dezamy was aiming for a typical basset with straight legs; and- The Small Vendee Griffon Basset, more compact and angular, also the smallest and most popular variety. Bandy or half-bandy forelegs are tolerated. Together with the Beagle and the Brittany Fawn Basset Hound, this variety is the most commonly used small game pack hound.


The Vendee Griffon is known for his solidity, hardiness, vigor, and stubbornness. He is often independent and strong-willed, rather than obedient. With his good voice and keen nose, the Great Vendee Griffon is a pack hound once used on wolf. He is not afraid of rough terrain and water. In large game hunting, faster and more obedient pack hounds are preferred. In shooting, he competes with the Medium Vendee Griffon. The Great Vendee Griffon hunts deer and especially wild boar.The Medium Vendee Griffon hunts nearly all game except rabbit. He is used especially on deer and wild boar.The Large Vendee Griffon Basset, the fastest of all the bassets, is determined, can maintain a quick pace, and penetrates even the thorniest thickets. This variety was developed for hare hunting and shooting.The Small Vendee Griffon Basset is energetic, bold, and very lively. He is remarkable at launching the hunt. Hunting individually or in pairs, he is the ideal rabbit dog. He is widely used on pheasant. Calm, affectionate, and friendly, Vendee Griffons make good companions. Most Small Vendee Griffon Bassets are companion dogs. They need firm training.

Vendee Griffons are not city-dwellers. They are better suited to country life, because they need space and lots of exercise. They require regular brushing and attention to the ears.


Hunting dog, Pet.


No health information available.

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