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Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

Size: Medium

Weight: 40 - 44 lbs.

Height: 15" - 16"

Life Span: 12 years

Health Problems: Epilepsy; ear infections (help prevent by keeping hair inside the ear closely trimmed)

Origin: France (1700s)

Also Known As: Large Vendeen Griffon Basset

Group: Scenthound

Category: Companion Dog, Hunting

Exercise Needs

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen requires frequent exercise due to its hunting nature. Long daily walks are necessary to keep this breed physically fit and mentally alert.

Grooming Needs

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen requires regular grooming.

Temperament

Independent, stubborn and strong-willed, this breed may not be the best fit for a first-time dog owner. However, Grand Bassets are affectionate and have a lower than average tendency to snap or bite. This makes the breed a good companion for children. The breed is also loyal and devoted to its owner, but tends to be reserved with strangers. This breed is highly adaptable to different living environments, and adjusts to city and apartment living well as long as it gets plenty of exercise.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.

History

This breed originated in the Vendee region of France in the 16th century and is a close relative of the larger Grand Griffon Vendeen. The Grand Basset was bred to accommodate low-lying, thick undergrowth during hunting in the countryside. Another smaller variety, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, first occurred in the same litters as the Grand Basset. Originally used for coursing rabbits, today the breed is still used for hunting and as a companion dog.