Briquet Griffon Vendeen



Bred in France for the purpose of hunting hare and other small game, the Briquet Griffon Vendeen virtually disappeared after the World War II. Fortunately, thanks to efforts of Hubert Dezamy, a French dog shows judge, this breed was restored. Even today, the Griffons are extremely rare, not only in the rest of the world but in their home country.

Height: 19-22 inches  Weight: 48-53 pounds  Lifespan: 10-12 years


The Briquet Griffon Vendeen is surprisingly well-built, active and courageous dog. This agile and athletic breed is able to adapt to the most difficult weather and terrain. Griffons are passionate hunters with amazing stamina and fortitude. The most distinctive feature of this breed is its bushy double coat and a short head.


Briquet Griffon Vendeen is fun, cheerful and a playful dog. However, he is independent and not always obedient. Griffon are fine companions for children, they get along well with other dogs and they are not too possessive. The Briquet Griffon Vendeen is dedicated, hardworking and reliable friend.

Coat / Care:

Briquet Griffon Vendeen has a double-layered coat. The outer layer is long, dense and bushy. The undercoat is soft, dense and thick. Griffons come in fawn, light brown, white and orange, white and gray and even tri-colored. Long and thick hair on the muzzle and eyebrows form a distinctive mustache. In order prevent tangling, the coat must be regularly brushed and combed. Bathe your dog only when absolutely necessary. Since this breed is still very rare, there are no specific health problems. Dislocation of the patella is common, though.


The Griffon`s extreme independence and unbending character seriously aggravate the teaching process. Rough or heavy-handed training methods are completely useless. Education should be fair, consistent and respectful, and the teacher should be patient.


Since dogs of this breed have strong herding instincts, the Griffons thrive in a large, safe area where they can roam around and explore. Hence, the Briquet Griffon Vendeen is not suited for apartment living. He needs a significant amount of training, exercise and mental stimulation.

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