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Grand Griffon Vendeen

Size: Large

Weight: 66 - 77 lbs.

Height: 23" - 26"

Life Span: 12 years

Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

Origin: Vendee region of France (Middle Ages)

Also Known As: Large Vendeen Griffon

Group: Sighthound

Category: Companion Dog, Hunting

Exercise Needs

The Grand Griffon Vendeen is an excitable breed that requires walks romps, swims, or games.

Grooming Needs

No special grooming requirements.

Temperament

Docile and friendly, the Grand Griffon Vendeen's stubborn nature can make this breed a handful. These dogs require firm training. As a hunting dog, this breed is best placed with a family that is active outdoors.

Compatibility with Kids

Good with children.

History

First bred during the Middle Ages, the Grand Griffon Vendeen is a descendant of the Italian St. Hubert Hound and the Griffon Nivernais. Its original use was for boar hunting. Unfortunately, the breed became nearly extinct in France during WWII. However, some breeders revived it by introducing Grand Griffon Vendeen bloodlines from other regions. Today, it is still one of the rarest breeds, and is mostly used for large game hunting (wild boar and deer) and as pets.

Pet Facts

This breed has a dense coat that protects its from skin damage and cold weather. However, dense fur between the toes makes it easy for grass seeds and other debris to get trapped.

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