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Griffon Nivernais

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)

Group: Scenthound

Category: Companion Dog, Hunting

Exercise Needs

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.

Grooming Needs

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

Kid friendly


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.

Dog Food for Your Griffon Nivernais

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Bag of Adult Select Formula

Adult Select Formula

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Senior select formula food for older dogs

Senior Select Formula

Formulated for dogs 7 years and older.

Food for dogs with sensitive stomachs

Sensitive Solutions

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