The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen (GBGV) is a well-balanced breed with and is the tallest among the Basset varieties. This dog is built longer – it has the longest legs among the Bassets, the longest body and the longest ears. This rough-coated Basset has a rustic appearance and is characterized with having a strong, active and brave personality that possesses a huge amount of energy and stamina. The noble head is carried proudly and has a clearly defined stop, square muzzle with a protruding nose and wide nostrils which gives it a good sense of smell. The muzzle is covered with long hair that forms a good beard and moustache. It has large, oval-shaped eyes that are dark in colour with no white visible that gives out a friendly and intelligent expression. The long eyebrows extend slightly forward but do not obscure the eyes. The low-set, long ears are covered in long hairs, folded inwards and end in an oval shape, reaching just beyond the tip of the nose when pulled forward. The teeth form a regular and complete scissor bite. The head is supported by a long and muscular neck that is thicker at the base. The front legs are straight and have thick bones with slightly sloping pasterns. The hindlegs are equally well-boned and muscular with moderately bent stifle. The hairy tail is thick at the base then tapers gradually to the end, set on high at the back of the body and carried proudly like a saber or it may also be carried slightly curved but not too far over the back. The double coat is made of thick undercoat with rough outer coat. Coat colours are tricolour and white with a combination of lemon, orange, sable, grizzle or black markings. Males have a typical height of 40-44 cm while females stand between 39-43 cm from withers.
All dog breeds have different levels of intellect. Some dog breeds; working dogs in particular, are very independent thinkers and have been evolved to be very intelligent. Typically, a highly intelligent dog does well in obedience training and other activities. A highly intelligent dog can be very demanding and do require lots of physical and mental stimulation. If you’re looking for a relatively laid-back dog, that doesn’t require lots of mental and physical stimulation, then you must fully understand the level of intelligence of your dog breed of choice.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, you must fully understand their intellect levels and their specific levels of energy. To keep your dog well-balanced and happy, their needs must be met and maintained.
All dog breeds have different needs when it comes to the level of exercise they require. For the high energy dogs; which are your typical working dogs, they have a lot of energy and require lots of daily exercise along with plenty of mental stimulation. A highly energetic dog breed would suit an individual or family that is equally as active and loves the outdoors. There are also breeds that have relatively low exercise needs, such as toy dog breeds. Although they require daily exercise and mental stimulation, they’re just as happy chilling at home with their loved ones. This type of dog breed would suit an individual or family that prefers the peace and quiet and relaxation.
Before deciding on your chosen dog breed, Mypetzilla recommends that you research the exercise needs and whether you’re well equipped before committing to buying or adopting a particular dog breed.
There are several dog breeds that are known and potentially predisposed to developing health related conditions. Sensible breeding can help prevent the onset of health related conditions and this should always be taken into condition when researching your dog breed of choice. Before committing to a dog, you should speak to the breeder about any health related conditions that may affect the dog you’re looking to buy or adopt. You can also request to see any test results from genetic testing.
There are many dog breeds that tolerate children really well and are not affected by the constant noise and need for play-time. However, there are some dog breeds that don’t do very well with children and can become frustrated and snappy. That being said, all children should be shown how to handle and care for a dog in their home and should always be supervised when playing. As much as a dog can become annoyed and snappy with a younger child, the child can also become less tolerant and misbehaved towards the dog.
Mypetzilla recommends that you always supervise play-time between your children and dog. Children need to respect the boundaries and feeding time for the dog and likewise for the child. We also strongly advise that play-time doesn’t get out of control and too rough which can cause injury to both child and dog.
There are lots of dog breeds that are well suited to living in an apartment. It’s worthwhile noting that you need to check that you’re allowed dogs in your building before committing to bringing one home. If you do decide to own a dog and are living in an apartment, then you must make sure that they have plenty of room to roam around and frequent walks outside to prevent them from becoming bored and depressed.
Mypetzilla recommends that you check as to whether you’re allowed dogs in your apartment building and to fully ensure your apartment is dog proof before committing fully to bringing a dog home.
All dog breeds shed to some extent, some more than others. With this, all potential dog owners should be aware of this, as it will be a matter of putting up with some hair or lots of hair being left around the house. Depending on the dog breed, there are certain times during the year where some dog breeds shed the most and this is typically around spring and autumn. However, there are some dog breeds that shed all year round.
If you’re very house-proud, they you may want to choose a dog breed that sheds very little. Mypetzilla strongly recommends that you fully research your dog breed of choice and their shedding levels before committing.
All dog breeds require different levels of grooming. Some dog breeds are easier to maintain than others and only require a weekly brush to help keep their coat in good condition. There are some dog breeds that require regular trips to the grooming parlour and this can come at a huge cost. Either way, all dog breeds require their coat and nails to be maintained and cared for.
Mypetzilla strongly advices that potential owners research the grooming needs and associated costs with their desired dog breed before fully committing.
Barking is a necessity for your dog to communicate. However, it can also be a nuisance to yourself and fellow neighbours if it’s not kept under control. If you live in an apartment, then you’re better off choosing a dog breed that doesn’t bark as much. If you live further out and far from civilisation, then it’s worthwhile looking into a dog breed that does bark and will bark to alert you of any other company on your property.
Mypetzilla advices that you research the behaviours of your dog breed of choice and whether this would work for you and your family. It’s worth noting that dogs can be trained to bark less and this will take a lot of effort and training from the owner.
Majority dog breeds form very close relationships with their owners and as a result can become very stressed when left alone for a period of time. If a dog is suffering with separation anxiety then they’re very likely to become destructive around the home as a way of dealing with their anxieties. Dog breeds that do form strong bonds with their owners are better accustomed to a household where one member of the family remains home, whilst the others are out, this is to help avoid further anxieties and destructive behaviours.
Mypetzilla recommends that all potential owners research their dog breed of choice on their bonding abilities and how well-adjusted they are to being left alone at home. It’s also worth noting that you should never leave your dog for longer than 4 hours alone at home.
There are certain dogs breeds that have very high intellect and therefore easier to train than other dog breeds. There is also a downside to this; as fast as they learn the new trick or command, they can easily pick up bad habits just as quick. Other dog breeds that don’t rank as high on the intellect scale require patience and plenty of reward treats from their owners during training.
Before committing to a certain dog breed, Mypetzilla advices you to fully research your dog breed of choice and their level of training needs.
All dog breeds have different energy levels. The working dog breed has one of the highest energy levels in comparison to the low-energy dog’s breeds such as the Toy dog breed group. To keep a dog truly happy, healthy and well-balanced, their energy levels must be met.
High-energy dog breeds need lots of exercise and mental stimulation. High energy dog breeds would suit an active family or person. Dog breeds that are considered as low-energy, love to spend the majority of their time relaxing and sleeping in their favourite, comfy spot. A low-energy dog breed would suit an individual that equally loves the quiet life and relaxing lifestyle. Of course, low-energy dogs still need their daily walks and mental stimulation, just not as much as a high-energy dog breed.
Mypetzilla recommends that potential owner research fully on the type of dog breed that would suit their existing lifestyle and to also take into consideration the dog breeds energy levels and exercise requirements.
Before you decide on what dog breed would be suitable for you and your family, you must consider whether they’re a friendly dog breed and if you already have other pets within the household. For homes that already have dogs and other domestic pets, then it’s wise to choose a dog breed that has a friendly personality and temperament.
There are some dog breeds that mix well with other dog breeds and there are others that don’t suit one another and this could potentially cause issues later on down the line.
Another important point to consider is whether the dog breed of choice is friendly towards people and children.
Mypetzilla recommends to research fully on the right dog breed for your family and to also consider their temperament and characteristics.
The Basset Griffon Vendeen as the name suggests, originated in the Vendée region of France. It is a French scent hound which was originally bred to hunt furry game such as rabbit, hare and wild boar. Between 1830 and 1870, a French dog breeder named Comte le Couteulx de Canteleu was the first to write about dogs with wiry head, long, falling ears with fine, short coat. These dogs that he described are well regarded as the ancestors of the modern-day rough-coated Griffon Vendeens. From 1863 and the years that follow, these basset-type, short-legged French scent hounds were already being used in pack hunting and shown in dog shows although there were no clear distinction between smooth-coated and rough-coated varieties. In 1870, Le Comte d’Elva began to develop Griffon Vendeens with both straight feet or slightly turned-out feet. By 1880, he had achieved enough success to form two separate packs of shorter-legged bassets used for hunting with a gun and the other for hunting larger game which earned him the title of “Father of the Basset Griffon Vendeen”. By the onset of the 20th century, Leon Verrier dominated the smooth-coated Basset breeding while Paul Dezamy dominated the rough-coats. It was Dezamy who would later wrote the breed standard in 1909 with references to the two sizes of the Basset with classification based on whether the dog is larger (34-38cm) and has straight legs (Grand) or smaller (38-42cm) with semi-crooked leg (Petit). However, it was only in 1977 that the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen and the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen became officially separate breeds.
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is described as “happy and outgoing”. It is an independent breed which can be a little stubborn especially if it deems your instructions as not worthy of following. It is not easily agitated or disturbed but is always willing to please its owner whenever it is given the chance. It has an excellent sense of smell which can quickly put its nose into action and follow interesting scent. It is a jolly breed that loves people whether they are immediate family or strangers.
The GBGV as a puppy can have a naughty and ill-behave character so it requires an intensive training session from a firm but gentle handler in order to raise a well-balanced dog. With that being said, it is an intelligent dog that loves to please and will quickly learn new things. Early and consistent training plus as much exposure with other animals and people as much as possible is vital especially throughout the breed’s adolescent life.
The coat of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is made of thick undercoat with rough outer coat that requires sufficient grooming. Weekly brushing and combing with a pin brush will help remove loose and dead hair and control shedding. This breed sheds very little to no hair. Bathe only when necessary. Pay close attention to the long ears as they can quickly get ear infections if not properly taken care of. Always trim the hair on the feet and in between pads and check for debris which can hurt the feet and cause injuries.
A survey conducted in 2004 found out that the leading causes of death for this breed are cancer, old age and heart failures. It can live for about 12 to 14 years. The most common health issues associated with the GBGV are skin allergies including dermatitis, certain eye problems and reproductive-related concerns
All Basset Griffon Vendeens whether Grand or Petit were originally bred to hunt the wide open countryside of France where they originated. Owing to this ancestry, this breed requires a huge amount of exercise on a daily basis. It is not an ideal pet to have in an apartment life in the city. It needs space to move around and it needs a lot to fulfil its daily requirements of physical activity. An ideal home for the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is a family that lives in the countryside with a large farm where this breed can put its hunting talent into action.
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen has a jolly and confident personality which makes it very good with older children. It is a pack animal and is used to hunting with other dogs so it goes along very well with other dogs and even cats. However, it has a strong prey drive and will hunt down smaller animals like hamsters, rabbits, and other similar-looking pets.