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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 the characteristic hair over the eyebrows, beard and moustache, giving them a friendly and happy appearance.

12 – 14 years
20 – 30kg
40 - 44cm for males, and 39 - 43cm for females
White with lemon, orange, black, sable, tri-colour, or grizzle.
Kennel Club Group
The need-to-know
  • Dogs suitable for experienced owners
  • Extra training required
  • Generally healthy breed
  • Enjoys vigorous walks
  • Enjoys one to two hours of walking a day
  • Medium dog
  • Some drool
  • Requires grooming once a week
  • Chatty and vocal dog
  • Barks and alerts to visitors/anything unusual
  • Generally friendly with other dogs
  • Gets along with other pets with training
  • Great family dog
  • Needs a large garden
  • Can live in semi-rural areas
  • Can be left occasionally with training
Generally healthy breed

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is generally a hardy breed but, due long backs and short legs they are more likely to sufffer from spinal disorders and joint problems as a result of this;
- Intervertebral disc disease: a condition where there is abnormality in the discs which act to cushion the bones in the spine. The discs can dislodge or burst, which puts pressure on the nerves in the spinal cord leading to back pain and weakness or paralysis of the limbs.
- Angular limb deformities: caused by asynchronous growth of a pair of bones, which appear bowed or rotated and may result in pain and lameness.

The breed are more prone to:
- Ear infections

Priority Kennel Club health schemes and testing: 
None but there are several recommended schemes that the Kennel Club recommends which can be found here.


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.

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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