The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen was considered the same breed as the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen until 1950, and interbreeding was allowed until 1975. The Grand is taller, larger, longer-snouted, and always has straight legs. Since the breeds have been split, the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen has become the more popular of the two dogs.
Since this breed is considered to be a member of a group of simimliar dogs that developed on around the same time, for more information about this breeds history please refer to history section of the main Basset Griffon Vendeen article. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is currently found in fewer countries around the world than the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, and is recognized by fewer kennel clubs. However, this dog is developing a following away from France. In America, the United Kennel Club began registering Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens in 1996. The American Kennel Club currently registers the breed through the Foundation Stock Service program. Breeding efforts in the United States are spearheaded by the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen Club of American, or GBGVCA. In modern times the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen remains comparatively rare.
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is quite distinctive in appearance. The breed has the short and long body which is common to all Basset breeds, but the legs are somewhat longer and straighter. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is a rather short breed with males being between 15½ and 17 inches tall at the shoulder and females being between 15 and 16½ inches tall at the shoulder. Just because the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is short, does not mean the breed is not heavy. Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens typically weight between 40 and 44 pounds.
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen has a long snout and nose. This increases the area available for smell receptors, which improves the dog’s tracking and hunting ability. Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens have long, drooping ears. It is said that the ears collect scent particles and buffet them towards the dog’s nose, but this is disputed. The ears are low-set, usually below the dog’s eyes. Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens have seemingly extra skin on the jowls and face, which is largely obscured by the dog’s coat.
Perhaps the most distinctive feature of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is the breed’s wiry coat. The coat should have two layers, a dense undercoat and a coarse outercoat. This coat gives the breed excellent protection from the elements, and allows for the breed to work in and around water more than most hound breeds. Developers of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen cared more about the dog’s functionality and hunting prowess than its coat color. As a result the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen can be found in several colors, including white and black, black and tan, black and light tan, white and orange, tricolor, fawn and black, and other typical hound colors. In American, the breed is typically thought of as being white and black. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen’s fur forms prominent mustaches and eyebrows, which may partially obscure the dog’s eyes.
The dog’s body is somewhat elongated as is the case with all Basset breeds. The dog’s legs are quite short, but not nearly as short as some other Basset breeds. The breed should always have straight legs, unlike the kinked or bent legs of the shorter Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is surprisingly muscular, particularly around the legs, although it is difficult to notice through the thick fur. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen has a long tail, which is usually held upright in a saber-like position.
The temperament is fairly uniform across the three types please see the "Basset Griffon Vendeen Main Page" for more information.
The grooming requirements are fairly uniform across all three types please see the "Basset Griffon Vendeen Main Page" for more information.