Size: Medium / Large
Weight: 50 - 55 lbs.
Height: 21" - 25"
Life Span: 12 years
Health Problems: Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.
Origin: France (1200s / 1900s)
Also Known As: St. Louis's gray Dog, Barbouitlard (French nickname meaning dirty)
Category: Companion Dog, Hunting
Due to its hunting nature, the Griffon Nivernais requires daily exercise consisting of long walk, jog, romp or play. This breed loves to run in a fenced yard.
No special grooming requirements.
Serious and focused. The Griffon Nivernais may not be overly-affectionate with people, but it isn't usually timid either. This breed can learn to be affectionate with people if properly handled from an early age. It is a dog that prefers a job to do, and is most often used for hunting birds and small mammals. This breed is happiest with a hunting partner or an active family that spends a lot of time outdoors.
Compatibility with Kids
This breed can be traced back to the 1200s, but nearly became extinct until a revitalization program was put together by French breeders in the 1900s.