At A Glance

Size: Medium

Weight: 50 - 55 lbs.

Height: 21" - 25"

Life Span: 12 years

Griffon Nivernais

Also know as: St. Louis's gray Dog, "Barbouitlard" (French nickname meaning "dirty")

Group: Hound

Origin: France (1200s / 1900s)

Today's Role: Companion Dog, Hunting

History and Facts: 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.

Temperament / Behavior
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.

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

Special Needs
Exercise: 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: No special grooming requirements.


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