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Basset Griffon Vendeen (Grand)

Basset Griffon Vendeen (Grand)

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen (or GBGV for short) is a robust, medium height hound, built slightly longer than they are tall. Consider this a large dog on medium-length legs rather than a medium sized dog. The weather-resistant coat is rough and shaggy, hiding a solidly built, hefty hound beneath. They are known for their characteristic hair over the eyebrows, beard and moustache, giving them a friendly and happy appearance.

The need-to-know
  • Dog suitable for owners with some experience
  • Extra training required
  • Enjoys active walks
  • Enjoys walking one to two hours a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming every other day
  • Non hypoallergenic breed
  • Very vocal dog
  • Not a guard dog
  • May require training to live with other pets
  • Great family dog

Key Facts

Lifespan: 12 – 14 years
Weight: 20 – 30kg
Height: 40 - 44cm for males, and 39 - 43cm for females
Colours: White with lemon, orange, black, sable, tri-colour, or grizzle. 
Size: Medium
Kennel Club Group: Hound


Family-friendly: 5/5
Exercise needs: 2/5
Easy to train: 2/5
Tolerates being alone: 3/5
Likes other pets: 5/5
Energy level: 2/5
Grooming needs: 5/5
Shedding: 4/5


The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is truly a happy-go-lucky dog, believing whole heartedly that they are adored by all humans. Whilst still at heart a working dog, the Grand Basset is typically a very tactile dog who adores physical contact – in particular, they are known for the ‘Grand Hug’ putting their forelegs into a person’s lap and then flopping all their weight into that person. This forces the person to wrap their arms around the hound rather than let it slide to the floor! As the Grand Basset can carry a lot of water and slobber in their beard and face, this can be an unpleasant experience for some and a true delight for others!

Typical of scent hounds, the Grand Basset has a strong nose for scent and a desire to follow it to the bitter end. They are amiable and easy going with other animals and people, and surprisingly athletic for their size and shape.

History and Origins

Health and Common Concerns

Exercise Needs

Space Requirements

Nutrition and Feeding

Grooming Basset Griffon Vendeens

Training Basset Griffon Vendeens

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Did You Know?

  • The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen was developed for hunting wild boar, but also for hunting hare, on foot rather than from horseback. These low-slung hounds could follow a hare (who tend to run in large circles) until the hare gave up and tried to hide by squatting in the undergrowth. Persistence and scenting ability were therefore much more important than speed so despite the reputation hares have for being extremely fast, the GBGV was in fact ideal for this job. 

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