Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
The Griffon Vendeen family of hounds originate in the Vendee Region of France. There are four sizes Griffon Vendeen Hounds, the Grand Griffon Vendeen; the Briquet Griffon Vendeen; the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen and the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. As yet only the two basset breeds are known in the UK.
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen and the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen were bred down from the larger hounds to hunt through thick undergrowth. The term Basset means long and low to the ground and does not mean that these hounds are hairy Basset hounds.
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is used to hunt hare and occasionally small deer.
Because of its background the GBGV is an outgoing strong willed hound that is full of fun and generally loves life. He is a pack animal whether it is canine or your family pack he will love to be part of it, GBGV’s do love company and are not suitable for homes where they would be left for long periods on their own, as with most breeds they can become noisy and destructive in this situation. They do need to be taught their place in the ‘pack’ very early in life by firm fair handling, you will usually be rewarded by a well behaved hound who will love and respect you and will always be willing to please. When adult the GBGV does require a good deal of exercise but up to a year old about 20 mins on the lead and a little free running in your garden is all that is required in order for joints and bones to develop properly. If you like to run your dogs off lead this may not be the breed for you as the GBGV will obey his nose rather than your call to return, always remember that this is a scent hound with a strong inbred urge to hunt. GBGV’s have a coarse textured weatherproof coat with a thick undercoat, regular grooming at least once a week, always checking ears and nails should be enough to keep him clean.
On the whole the GBGV is a healthy hound with few health problems.
They have large leathers (ears) and therefore regular attention is needed to avoid a build up of wax and dirt that could cause ear infections.
Epilepsy has been found in the breed and the BGV Club is working with the Animal health trust to arrange DNA testing of any affected animals to establish the mode of inheritance and whether any particular one carries the genes responsible. Epilepsy occurs in most breeds and is not breed specific.
There have been a few rare cases of Hip Dysplasia, Hypothyroidism and Juvenile Pain Syndrome.