Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
Breeding group : Hounding
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GENERALBreed group: Hounding Type: Pure Breed
Talent: Hunting, Watchdog
PHYSICALSize: Medium Weight: 40-45 lbs Fur length: Ears: Flappy Fur type: Straight
Fur Color: 3 Colors, Black & White, Brown & White
ATTRIBUTESLife Expectancy: About 10-15 years Rarity: Common Availability: Easily available
Climate: Good for every climate
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is a hunting breed of dog of the hound type, originating in the Vendée region of France. They are long-backed and short-legged. They were bred and still used today to hunt deer, boar and to track hare and rabbit although they are more often used by families as a domestic pet. This dog, also called GBGV, was bred down from the larger hounds to hunt through thick undergrowth. The term Basset means long and low to the ground. As natural pack dogs, it would be best that owners either spend lots of time with them or consider getting a second dog. They have a happy, playful and confident personality which can sometime evolve into disobedience but they are wonderful family companions. As long as the dog is provided with proper leadership and sufficient exercise, these dogs would make a great house pet as they are living happy and well-balanced.
This dog's coat color normally comes in Black with Tan markings, Fawn with Black markings, Fawn with White markings or Tricolor.
The dog's coat is hard, not too long and flat while not silky or wooly. Their eyebrows should never cover the eyes while it is well pronounced. The fringes should never be too apparent.
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is independent, active and stubborn dogs that need a patient and understanding owner. They are wonderful, friendly and gets along well with children and other dogs. Dogs that are best suited for the country life. They should never be trusted with non-canine pets as their hunting instincts could kick in anytime. The dog's strong scent means they require a well-secured fence for their family's yard or garden. This dog craves human attention and should never be left alone for long periods of time.
The dog requires weekly grooming to remove dirt acquired from their 'hunts'. Hair around their mouth and bottom should be cleaned regularly and may need trimming. This is a mandatory routine to keep the hair clean and tangle-free due to this dog's type of hair. Frequency of the brushing would greatly depend on the lifestyle and activity level of the dog. Two to three times a week should be enough. Otherwise, it can be done more often. The dog's toe nails should be clipped on a bi-monthly basis or as needed. Their toe nails can be worn down from walks on cement or out in the field. Ask the family vet or the breeder to teach you how to do this as it is the only grooming that can be done at home especially if the dog has been trained to have it done. The dog's ears will need cleaning every time they are bathing. Depending on the dog's lifestyle, it can be done once a month of less often. Hunting dogs that usually go out in the field with longer hair on their ears can gather little critters that stake a claim in this area due to the warmed and damp environment. Black or red little flecks, shaking of the ears or pawing at the area of the ears should be watched out for as these are signs that the ears need attention. Ear cleaning solutions with antibiotics are available for use with a Q-tip. Dog ear canals are longer than people's. A visit to the family vet to check their deeper ear area at least four times a year is required especially if the dog is demonstrating ear problem symptoms.
These dogs are highly intelligent by nature making them highly trainable. However, their hunting skills would sometimes get in the way. An interesting scent could make them go hunting in an instant. Because of this, they are not naturally obedient. Thus, training needs to be done in a patient and consistent manner without being harsh. Positive training is the best way to train the dog. Dogs, especially hunting dogs, should be trained from a very young age or they will develop a destructive behavior. They can destroy your home and yard within minutes to feed their craving to hunt for things. As long as a positive training is enforced, the dog's training should not be as difficult as some would think it is as the dog is smart and very willing to please their owners. The dog requires a strong upper-hand and strong obedience training along with a definite course in leash training. Owners of this dog should be naturally active or likes to hunt as this is a dog that would not lie around much. Walks are usually a part of their exercise unless a very large backyard is available. The dog's leash should never be removed when out for a walk as the dog will be gone in a New York minute hunting for something for prey. A part of this dog's life training should be a safe environment that the dog can call its own. Crate training is an excellent tool to keep the dog secured while everyone is gone for the day. Make sure that the dog's favorite toys are also inside the pen to keep them busy while no one is around. However, they should never be left alone frequently as these dogs need human companionship and will literally become depressed without it. Negative behavior can develop if such routine will go on.
You might think that the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is a small dog but be warned of their very high energy level. They can live in an apartment but make sure that they get the exercises that they deserve. Play can be enough to drain their energy but as most dogs, their primal instinct to walk and migrate will need to get satisfied. Make sure that their walks will emphasize that the dog is a pack member by making them heel to the side or behind the human handler. These dogs can be strong-willed and they could act as pack leaders when they feel no one is accomplishing that important task.