Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
Although the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is a medium size breed, they are GRAND in every way possible!
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeens are sometimes mistaken for wirehaired Dachshunds or long-haired Basset Hounds. Originating from France, this basset was used to hunt rabbit, but they won't hesitate to take on a larger animal too.
Great Family Dog
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is a perfect family companion. They adore children, and they love other animals (it is recommended having another pet as a playmate for this breed) and being with their family. Early socialization as a puppy will help maintain this friendly trait.
This breed is not meant to be kenneled or left alone outside. Dogs are pack animals and will always have a strong desire to be with their family.
Woof, Woof! Did you hear that?
This breed is a vocal one! They will bark out of excitement, curiosity, play, and to demand attention. Teaching the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen to control excessive barking is important and should be done at a young age.
If you live in an apartment/condo, their size is conducive, but their vocal trait is not. They would do better in the country or suburban living.
Stubborn and Energetic
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen can be trained but will test your limits with their stubborn streak. Patience, consistency, and early training will is the best scenario to help raise a well-mannered dog.
They have an energetic spirit about them and will enjoy playing all day long. This breed needs daily exercise and will enjoy walking or hiking with their family. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen will do best in a family that can include them in their activities.
Droopy Ears Need TLC
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen has typical basset ears: long and droopy. They require regular cleaning to help prevent ear infections. Their coat is considered long and somewhat rough, but they are not heavy shedders. Weekly brushings will help maintain their coat, and professional grooming should be used when needed. Nail trimmings should be done every 8-12 weeks.
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen does not have many health concerns, but some issues include ear infections and skin problems such as dermatitis and mites. Their average life span is approximately 12 years.
As you begin looking for a Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen, please check with rescue organizations first. Every year there are millions of dogs being euthanized - not because they are bad dogs, but because there is no home for them and insufficient resources to care for them at rescue agencies. By adopting a dog, you are truly saving a life!
At the very least, NEVER purchase any dog from a pet store. Unfortunately, those puppies almost always come from puppy mills. Instead, look for a reputable breeder to work with.
On a final note, it is important to spay and neuter your puppy by 6 months old to have a healthy and happy pet for many years to come!
Original Dog Bible, 2nd Edition by Kristin Mehus-Roe