Breeding group : Hounding
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GENERALBreed group: Hounding Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Agility, Hunting, Jogging, Tricks, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 48-53 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Curly
Fur Color: Brown & White, Gray / Salt & Pepper, Light Brown / Golden, White / Cream
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: 12-14 years Rarity: Uncommon Availability: Hard to find
Climate: Not good for cold climate
The Briquet (also known as Briquet Griffon Vendéen and Medium Vendéen Griffon) is a medium size hunting dog with a distinguished shaggy coat. It was originated in France. Descendents of Canis Segusius, the dog was larger in size and was called Grand Griffon Vendéen but was bred down in size prior to World War II. During the WWII, the dog became almost extinct but was thankfully restored by work of Hubert Dezamy, a French Dog Judge. The dog is 20-22 inches tall and weighs between 48-53 pounds. The head is medium-sized and with a medium sized snout. The ears are held in the dropped position and hang down the sides of the head. They are set fairly low on the short head. The eyes are dark, large and lively, the eyebrows well pronounced but not covering the eye. The tail is fluffy and is held in the downward position when the dog is at rest. When their interest is captured by something, the tail is usually raised. The body is stocky but well proportioned and should not appear excessively fatty. The shaggy double coat is medium in length and comes in solid or mixed colors, fawn, light brown, white and orange, white and gray and even tricolor. This dog is lively and spirited and excels as scenthounds but are also used for hunting small game like wild boar and small deer. It is a very good family dog for active families and singles. This dog is NOT recognized by AKC but it is recognized by FCI.
Acceptable colors for this dog are white and orange, white and black, fawn, white and grey, tri-color, and shades of orange and brown.
The Briquet has a double coat that is medium length, bushy and harsh to touch. The under coat is soft and dense and provides the dog warmth in cold season.
Very intelligent with a strong work ethic, the Briquet Griffon Vendeen is a valuable addition to any family or working team of dogs. They are energetic, alert, and attentive and will enjoy a variety of activities with companion dogs and owners. They are most comfortable with plenty of exercise and will need to be taken out for activities at least once per day. This very friendly and even-tempered dog are loyal, loving and very social. They are alert and will signal a warning if an stranger arrives but cannot be a guard dog due to its very friendly and non-aggressive approach. They are very playful and enjoy playing with their toys and with their families. They are very good and well-mannered with children and enjoy playing with them. They get along well with other dogs and pets in the family as this dog is accustomed to working in packs. These dogs enjoy attention and will regularly wag their tails with happiness when they are comfortable and secure. They are particularly patient and will rarely become anxious or bark excessively. The Briquet Griffon Vendeen has considerable stamina and is robust and intelligent. They are self-learners and capable of working with even the most passionate hunters. The Briquet Griffon Vendeen is an obedient dog and will work with his master. These dogs adore affection and will train well with the right amount of positive motivation and feedback. They make an excellent companion, hunting and watchdog.
The Briquet needs thorough brushing atleast twice a week. Its shaggy coat should not be trimmed as it will damage the look of the dog. Dirt and mud should be cleaned from legs and belly of the dog. Bathe when needed. Wiping the coat will also work as an alternative to bathing. Its hair should be checked regularly for infection.
The Briquet Griffon Vendeen is a very sensitive dog and can be trained very easily and methodically. It listens attentively to its master and these are dogs that are fairly easy to train by the average person. The Briquet Griffon Vendeen responds well to commands and will make sure that it follows directions. Although these dogs do not always need a task to complete, they do enjoy learning new tricks and skills.
This highly active dog needs lots of exercise to burn off its high energy levels. They have high energy levels throughout the day. The ideal workout for these dogs is a long walk or jog followed by games played in a park or secure open area. The dog would also like to run off leash in a secure area. The Briquet is not a dog for lazy owners.