Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen

Despite his slight tendency to stubbornness, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is rather wise and obedient, if the master is up to his temperament. Well educated, he makes a formidable companion for family and hunting. Today, this great hunter has become a highly appreciated companion dog.

Height 39 to 44 cm
Weight 18 to 20 kg
Life expectancy 12 to 14 years
Home country France

Quick Overview of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen


  • Affectionate and faithful
  • Loyal and rather obedient
  • Courageous
  • Very sociable nature


  • Rather elongated build
  • Elegant and harmonious silhouette
  • Very pleasant general appearance
  • Large dark oval eyes


  • Rather robust
  • Rarely ill
  • No genetic defects
  • No particular pathology

Temperament of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen

Affectionate, faithful, loyal and rather obedient, he can still be stubborn. This fast, brave and passionate little hunter has an excellent, but strong character and very sociable nature.

The education of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen must take into account his strong temperament and his master must dominate him well.

Fast and tenacious when hunting, he is rather affectionate, sociable and calm in family. Very attached to his master, he is generally quite docile but remains endowed with a strong temperament that it is important to master from an early age.

This faithful and adorable little dog is sociable with everyone, which makes him a poor guardian but an excellent companion.

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Breed Appearance

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The rather elongated build of this small size dog gives him a Basset hound morphology and straight limbs.

His elegant silhouette is very harmonious. His well-developed bone structure reveals his capacity for work. His general appearance is very pleasant to look at.


Between 40 and 44 cm (15.75 to 17.32 inches) for the male
Between 39 and 43 cm (15.35 to 16.93 inches) for the female


Between 18 and 20 kg (39.68 to 44.09 pounds) for the male
Between 18 and 20 kg (39.68 to 44.09 pounds) for the female


The color of his coat may vary.

White and black (black with white stripes), black and red (black with red marks), black and sandy (black with sandy patches), white and orange (fawn with white stripes), tricolor (fawn with black coat and white stripes), sable, sandy with white patches and sable are all acceptable possibilities.


His harsh coat is not too long, it is flat but never woolly or silky.

Fringes are accepted, but they should not be too abundant. Eyebrows are usually very pronounced but do not cover the eyes.


His skull is convex and the stop well marked. His large oval shaped eyes are dark.

His pretty narrow ears are flexible and fine and should generally extend beyond the tip of the nose.

His nose is completely black. His good length tail is carried slightly curved or sabre-bladed.

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

Price and monthly budget

Price you can expect to pay for a Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen puppy: between 700 € / $ 1 / £1 and 900 € / $ 1 / £1
These prices are indicative and may vary from breeder to breeder

Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen pictures

Tips About this breed

Ideal for rabbit hunting, he is able to follow and flush out rabbits very easily thanks to his small size.

He is well shaped, fast and very brave and has a real passion for hunting.

Well adapted to medium size areas, he can easily penetrate all bushes, even the thorniest ones.

The Grand Gasset Griffon Vendéen is the fastest of all Bassets.

Firmness and willpower are necessary for the teacher to successfully complete his education. It must be adequate in order to dominate him and instill the prohibitions to be respected.

On the other hand, his socialization is innate and generally does not cause any learning difficulties.

He is compatible with all types of owners. Even if he was originally created for hunting, he is more and more used as a companion dog.

He can make everyone happy as long as he gets his daily exercise. He is by no means a sedentary dog, despite his small size.

Health of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen

Rather robust, he is rarely sick and generally enjoys very good health.

His life expectancy is also very acceptable. Fortunately, the breed is not affected by any genetic defect or particular pathology.


In order to maintain a healthy and beautiful coat, regular brushing is recommended.

His ears should also be inspected regularly. However, no further special maintenance is required.

History of this breed

Originally from France, he was created in the 19th century from the Grand Griffon Vendéen by the Count of Elva. Later, the type was set by Paul Dezamy.

Seeking straight-legged subjects, the aim of his creation was to obtain a hunting dog that could take a hare on the run. Paul Dezamy understood that get such a result, he needed dogs of a minimal size.

The breed enjoyed great popularity throughout the 19th century. It is the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen which, according to Count Le Couteulx de Canteleu, was the best worked breed and with the most common sense, both through exchange of breeding dogs and selection.

The main priorities were the improvement of health, vigour, strength and drive.

The breed club was created in 1907, by Paul Dezamy. Later, Abel Dezamy took over from his father-in-law at the head of the club and continued the progress by establishing certain standards to pursue the improvement of the breed already started by the founder of the club.

Abel was assisted by his son Hébert in 1967 who later took over from his father in 1975. Around 1999, the official breed standard was set.

He was first used as a hare pointing dog, but later for hunting rabbit, wild boar and all types of game animals.

This hound can run after unwounded game or chase wounded game by smell. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is compatible with all family situations and is now mainly used as a companion dog.

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