Briquet Griffon Vendéen

The Briquet Griffon Vendéen has a disheveled look and is a good hunting and companion dog. He will become tolerant, obedient and make a family very happy if he benefits from a proper education that shows him where he belongs and how he should act. He will then become the best of companions.

Height 48 to 55 cm
Weight 22 to 25 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 14 years
Hair Loss High
Excercise Need High
Home country France

Quick Overview of the Briquet Griffon Vendéen


  • Intelligent and determined
  • Rather tenacious
  • Strong, vigorous and obstinate character
  • Affectionate and calm


  • Stocky look
  • Strong constitution
  • Rather rough hair to the touch
  • Big dark eyes


  • Hardy and robust
  • Rarely ill
  • No particular disease

Temperament of the Briquet Griffon Vendéen

The Briquet Griffon Vendéen is intelligent, determined and rather tenacious. With a strong, vigorous and obstinate character, he needs a firm hand for his education. Well adapted to the family, he is very affectionate and calm at all times. However, he is to be watched with the younger ones. Independent by nature, he is sometimes disobedient and can even bite.

His rather well established temperament must be mastered very early on.

This hound, used in gun hunting, for most game except rabbits, also has good companionship skills, but must absolutely know who the master is in order to assume his role in the family.

Breed Appearance

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Of average size, the Briquet Griffon Vendéen has a well-proportioned but rather compact silhouette. This stocky looking dog has a solid build but also a certain elegance.


Between 52 and 55 cm (20.47 to 21.65 inches) for the male
Between 48 and 53 cm (18.90 to 20.87 inches) for the female


Between 23 and 25 kg (50.71 to 55.12 pounds) for the male
Between 22 and 24 kg (48.50 to 52.91 pounds) for the female


His coat can vary in shades of charcoal fawn, charcoal sand, black with fawn markings, black with sand markings, black with white stripes, charcoal sand with white stripes, fawn with black and white stripes, black with white stripes, several bicolour or tricolour variations are also allowed.


His rather rough hair is long, but not too much, and still looks rather tousled.


His head has a slightly domed skull and a well marked stop. His large eyes are a beautiful dark color. His fine ears are narrow and very flexible and point inwards. His nose is black.

According to the FCI breeds nomenclature, this breed belongs to group 6, section 1 and is #19

Characteristics of the Briquet Griffon Vendéen

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Life in an apartment
Good first dog
Tolerates solitude
Tolerates cold weather
Tolerates hot weather
Friendly with children
Friendly with strangers
Friendly with other animals
Hair loss
Drooling level
Easy to care for
Robust health
Easy to train
Tendency to bark
Tendency to nibble
Instinct to hunt
Adventurous spirit
Energy level
Level of intensity
Need for exercise

Tips About this breed

Naturally independent, he sometimes tends to do as he pleases. His upbringing must be early and firm.

An education to match his temperament is necessary and the master has to dominate him very early.

It is up to the master to be obeyed and not the dog to decide, this is what the Briquet Griffon Vendéen must understand at a very young age in order to live with everyone.

The Briquet Griffon Vendéen is lively and very energetic but not very patient with young children. It is preferable to supervise him in their presence.

Despite this, he is generally loyal, affectionate and calm with his family members.

The city doesn't suit him so much because he prefers, by far, the wide open spaces where he can spend all his energy. His great liveliness and energy make him appreciate the countryside and large gardens.

Health of the Briquet Griffon Vendéen

Hardy and robust, this dog is rarely sick. No particular disease affects him and his life expectancy is acceptable even if it is relatively short compared to other specimens of the same size.


His beautiful long, drooping ears are to be watched and his coat must be maintained on a regular basis. A good brushing several times a week ensures a beautiful, healthy, disheveled coat. No other particular maintenance is necessary.

History of this breed

Selected before the first great war by the Count of Elva, the Briquet Griffon Vendéen is a "bonzaï" version of the Grand Griffon.

The name "Briquet" means "medium size".

The breed lost a lot of specimens during the two great world wars and was almost totally decimated.

However, it managed to survive and it was around 1947 that it resumed its expansion in the town of Frontenay-le-Comte in France.

In 1969, a new standard was written following the combination of Great Anglo-French and Billy's blood.

Nowadays, many quality specimens can be found in France. In 1995, a batch of Briquets won the French Cup.

Hunting or companion dog, this dog with a doggie look has magnificent qualities for either of the two functions.

Generally prized for wild boar and deer hunting, he is well adapted to difficult terrain and very agile.

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