At A Glance

Size: Large

Weight: 66 - 77 lbs.

Height: 23" - 26"

Life Span: 12 years

Grand Griffon Vendeen

Also know as: Large Vendeen Griffon

Group: Hound

Origin: Vendee region of France (Middle Ages)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Hunting

History and Facts: 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.

Temperament / Behavior
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.

Breed-Related Health Concerns
Excellent health record. No known hereditary conditions.

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

Grooming: No special grooming requirements.


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