Dog Breed Group: Hunting Dog
Life Span: 13-15 years
Weight: Male: 19-20.5, Female: 18.5-20
Height: Male: 16-18, Female: 15-17
Origin of Name: Grand Basset Griffon Vendéens a long-backed, short-legged hunting breed of dog of the hound type.
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Griffen Vanden Hounds has gone through more than 400 years of development to produce today's Griffon-coated French Hound: Grand Griffen Vandenen, Briquet Griffon Vendenenen, Grand Basset Griffen Vendenenen and Petit Basset Griffon Vendenen.
In general, French hoods develop into the breeds they make today to suit the special needs of their geographic regions. Wendy's dense, thorny, stony area required a hardy breed of dog and a coat with mental and physical stamina to resist bricks. In addition, hunters of lower classes who did not own horses needed a slower pace, so that they could easily keep up. Their solution was to shorten the dog's legs and, through development and breeding, created a low-set dog. By the end of the 19th century, the Basset Griffon Vanden had evolved as part of France's Basset breeds, combining both stiffness and short legs.
Working further in producing the exact size and proportions required to hunt different game, the Club du Griffen Vandenen was founded in 1907 by two of Basset Griffen Vandenen, The Grand Basset Griffon Vanden and Petit Basset Griffon Vanden Varieties were recognized.
By the 1950s, the Grand was separated into its own standard and considered a separate breed, although interbedding between Grand and Petit was not banned until 1977.