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Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
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Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is still a relatively unusual breed in the UK; their name comes from their physical description, Grand – Large, Basset – Low to the ground, Griffon – Rough coated and Vendeen – (pronounced Von-day-an) from the Vendee area of France.

Basset Griffon Vendeen come in four sizes, Grand (Large), Briquet (Medium) and the two Basset breeds recognised in the UK. Originally only one Basset breed was recognised, in 1907 provision was made for the two sizes of Basset Griffon Vendeen with the founding of the Basset Griffon Vendeen Club. It was not until 1976 however on the persuasion of M. Desamy that the interbreeding of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen (GBGV) and the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen (PBGV) was banned and the two breeds separated.

Grand Basset Griffon VendeenAt between 39cm and 44cm tall and weighing between 18kg and 25kg the GBGV is bigger in every way than the PBGV, his body, muzzle, ears, legs and tail are longer and his thick rough coat more prolific. The GBGV is deep chested, well muscled and has straight forelegs. His head is noble with a domed skull, gentle, large, dark eyes, and large well flared nostrils for scenting, with fine ears, folding inwards and reaching beyond the tip of the nose. He also possesses profuse facial hair giving him a wise and distinguished look and a good voice used freely. His tail is set on high, strong at the base and carried sabre like. He can be tri-coloured or white with any combination of lemon, orange, grizzle or black markings.

Grooming is relatively straightforward requiring a regular weekly comb through to remove any dead hair and dirt. The coat is made up of a soft undercoat and a harsh wiry topcoat which enables the GBGV to hunt in the thorny undergrowth of the Vendee without damaging his skin, this double coat requires occasional hand stripping to preserve the look and functionality of the coat

The GBGV is an intelligent, well balanced scent hound with a huge personality and captivating charm. He is bred to hunt with enthusiasm, stamina and perseverance whilst giving tongue freely (baying). This is evident in the Grands we see today and together with careful and considered breeding has given us a friendly, outgoing, happy hound with a wonderful temperament and disposition who is as at home in the field as he is by the hearth

Plainville HoundsGrand Basset Griffon Vendeen are not for the faint hearted they are first and foremost scent hounds and will love to chase and follow interesting scents with tenacity when out and about, that said they can be trained with commitment and consistency to return although a sensible attitude needs to be adopted when deciding where to allow a GBGV to run off lead for example he is more likely to return to you on an open beach rather than a scent laden woodland walk.

The Grand Basset makes a wonderful, loyal companion for those who are prepared for their boisterous, exuberant and often stubborn nature; they are wonderful happy personalities with the ability to make you laugh out loud every day. However they are extremely intelligent and lively hounds who without suitable exercise and mental stimulation may become difficult and potentially destructive. They are also famous escapologists so a well fenced garden is a must.

Please think long and hard before offering a home to a Grand Basset and ensure that you are able to give him everything that he needs from you, time, care, firm handling and lots of love and understanding. If you are prepared for all that a GBGV can offer you then you will have an unrivalled companion who will make your heart his own.