Breed Organization United Kennel Club (UKC) Website: http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country France Other Names Vendee Griffon, Griffon Vendeen Bloodhound, Ardennes Hound Life Expectancy No reference material available. Litter Size No litter information available. Breed Group Hound
Breed Description 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. Coat: - 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. Size: - 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).
History 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.
Behavior 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
Health No health information available.
Advice 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.