Breed Organization United Kennel Club Website:
http://www.ukcdogs.com Native Country France Other Names Chien de Pays, Griffon Nivernais Life Expectancy No Information Available Litter Size No Information Available Breed Group Scenthounds - FCI
Breed Appearance The Griffon Nivernais is a medium sized dog,
with a distinctive rough (shaggy) coat, long drop ears, and a long
tail carried up and in a slight curve. The body is longer than most
French hounds, and is constructed more for endurance than for speed.
As a reconstructed breed, the breed standard goes into much more
detail with regards to body proportions, structure, and coat than is
usual for a working dog.
Color of the coat is grizzled in general appearance, light grey to
boar grey. The coat is agouti, with each hair darker at the base
than the tip. White hairs are scattered through the coat. Colors are
fawn very slightly overlaid with black, sable overlaid with black
(gris loup, wolf grey), and fawn overlaid with blue. There may be a
small white spot on the chest.
Breed Description Head: Bony, fairly long, lightly boned
but not small. Skull nearly flat. Slight stop. Straight nosebridge.
Brow bones accentuated by bushy eyebrows. Beard on the chin. Very
prominent nose. Ears: Supple, moderately wide and long, slightly curled toward
the tip. Eyes: Preferably dark. Body: Long. Neck fairly lightly boned, well-knit, without
dewlap. Brisket not broad. Chest let down to elbow. Slight tuck-up.
Level loin. Long back. Tail: Not very long, carried in saber fashion, more tufted in
the middle. Hair: Long, thick, bushy, fairly strong, and hard. Neither
woolly nor frizzy. Coat: Preferably wolf grey or bluish-grey, boar grey, faded
black, or salt and pepper, with tan markings on the cheeks, above
the eyes, on the inner and lower legs, or fawn with a mixture of
black and white hairs, creating a dark cast. Size: Dog: 55 to 60 cm. (21.5-23.5 in).Bitch: 53 to 58 cm.
(21-22.8 in). Weight: Approx. 25kg (55 lb).
History The Nivernais Griffon is one of the very old
hound breeds used on wolves. His ancestors include the Chien Gris de
Saint Louis, as well as Foxhounds and breeds from Auvergne, Vend�e,
and Bresse. Today's Nivernais Griffon was developed in the Morvan
and Ni�vre regions of France. A club for this breed was founded in
1925. After a critical period, the Nivernais Griffon has made a
comeback and careful selection is improving the breed's structure,
speed, and character.
Behavior This wolf tracker of old is still a hardy,
independent, enthusiastic hunter. Although the breed is now calmer
and faster, it is still just as robust. The Nivernais Griffon's
superb nose and remarkable voice also explain why he is so popular
with hunters. He can be affectionate and a good companion, but he
needs a firm owner.
Health A very hearty and robust breed.
Advice He needs space and lots of exercise, as well as
frequent combing and brushing.