Grand (Basset) Griffon Vendéen

Life expectancy

12 years

Age adult

36 months

Height (Shoulder height)

65 cm


33 kg

Coat texture

medium length / undercoat / stiff/rigid / rough

Coat color

white&black, black&red, white&orange, tricolor, sandy, black clouded

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint / elbow dysplasia / deafness / malignant hyperthermia

Food expenses per month in €

about € 68

Suitable for children

Rather yes

Needs a garden

Rather yes

Hunting motivated / needs alternative employment

Rather yes

First dog suitable

Rather not

Allergy friendly

Rather not


Very atletic


Needs much attention

Care and grooming

Low grooming effort

Eager to learn



Needs a lot of exercise


quick and eager to learn / friendly / vivacious / independent / attentive / stubborn

Bred for

hunting dog, hound

Common illnesses

dysplasia of the hip joint / elbow dysplasia / deafness / malignant hyperthermia

Dog type according to FCI

scent hounds and related breeds

FCI description

They have always been used as hunting dogs, have an extraordinary sense of smell and pick up every trace. Running dogs had to follow the game over long distances, sweat dogs search for the injured (sweaty) game and follow it. They have an enormous urge to move and need a lot of exercise and meaningful, species-appropriate occupation. Many breeds, especially sweat dogs, are only handed over to hunters. If you are not aware of what hunting motivation means, you may soon be overwhelmed. Because this instinct cannot be completely trained away.

Dogs of this group are considered friendly, intelligent and social, therefore they are popular companion dogs. Think about whether you can cope with the hunting temperament, because once the untrained hunting dog has a track in his nose he quickly forgets any obedience and is up and away.

Short description

The Grand (Basset) Griffon Vendéen likes running around. He likes to make his one decision during huntig, thererfore, he needs a frim training otherwise he will do as he pleases. This breed needs constant mental as well as physical exercise. Take him on long, extensive walks. He can also join you on hikes or running. The Grand (Basset) Griffon Vendéen regards hunting as a challenge, and should therefore, have opportunities to join hunters.

This information is indicative and adheres to the breed standard. Each animal is an individual and has a personal character, as well as its own needs. Thus, a breed is not a guarantee of certain behaviors, etc.