Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 10-15 years
Weight: Male: 23-25, Female: 21-23
Height: Male:18-20.5, Female:18-20
Origin of Name: A Briquet Griffon Vendéen is a breed of hunting dog originating in France.
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Briquette Griffon Vendine, or Medium Griffon Vendine, is a direct descendant of Grand Griffon Vendine. The large Grand Griffon Vendine was used to hunt large game such as wolves and pigs. Hunters preferred small dogs that were more suited to hunting small game such as rabbits. In the early 1600s he began the process of shrinking Grand Griffon Vendeen. To do this he banned the smallest examples of the breed, and possibly mixed into smaller French hunting breeds as well. The Comte d'Alva was highly influential in the creation of the breed. The resulting animal closely resembles the Grand Griffon Vendine, but it is quite small. Briquette Griffon Vendeon became almost extinct as a result of World War II, but the breed was saved from mass extinction by the efforts of French dog fanatic Hugh Djamée.