Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Medium Griffon Vendeen

(Briquet Griffon Vendéen)

Briquet Griffon Vendeen


ORIGIN

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FCI
France.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
09.01.1999.

UTILISATION

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FCI
Scenthound for hunting with the gun of large game, and also of fox and hare, usually working in a small pack.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 6Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1.2Scenthounds, Medium-sized Hounds
With working trial

UKC
Scenthound

TRANSLATION

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FCI
John Miller and Raymond Triquet.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
It is the only breed having kept this name « Briquet », which means « medium-sized dog ». Selection dates from before the first World War by the Comte d’Elva. It is a harmonious and improved reduction of the Grand Griffon Vendéen, distinguished, rather stocky in its construction. Decimated several times because of wars, the Briquet type reappeared in Fontenay le Comte (Vendée) in 1946. At present, one finds numerous subjects of quality; a team of Briquets won the trophy of France on roe deer in 1995 and numerous teams are unleashed on wild boar.
UKC
Briquet means “medium sized dog” in French, and this is the only breed to retain that name. The Briquet Griffon Vendeen was bred down in size from the Grand Griffon Vendeen, beginning before the First World War. They are used as pack animals on roe deer, wild boar and also on small game. The Briquet Griffon Vendeen was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1996.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Griffon of medium size, receptive and very determined. Rather stocky and well proportioned.
UKC
A Griffon of medium size, well proportioned, and somewhat stocky.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Behaviour: Fine nose; fast dog with pleasant voice, does not refuse bramble; very nimble on rough terrain, hunts rather with nose to the wind.
Temperament: It takes a lot of initiative, has stamina and is robust. It must be equally good at working a cold track, at starting game and at driving it. The Briquet is a passionate hunter; it is up to his master to make im obey.
UKC
The Briquet is a headstrong, robust breed that hunts with stamina and enthusiasm. It is a passionate hunter, and not quick to obey.

HEAD

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UKC
The head is quite light. The toplines of the skull and muzzle should lie in parallel planes.

CRANIAL REGION

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FCI
Quite light, the lines of the skull and the muzzle should be parallel.

Skull

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FCI
Slightly domed, rather short, not very broad.
UKC
The skull is rather narrow, not too long, and slightly domed on top. The stop is well defined.

Stop

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FCI
Well defined.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Strong, black, except for white and orange coats where a brown colour is tolerated; well open nostrils.
UKC
Large and black, except in the orange and white dogs, where a brown nose is acceptable.

Muzzle

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FCI
Straight, rather short, practically of equal length with that of the skull, not too broad at its extremity.
UKC
The muzzle is the same length as the skull, and not too broad at the tip. The nasal bone is straight. The lips cover the lower jaw but are not pendulous.

Lips

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FCI
Not too developed, but covering well the lower jaw; covered with abundant moustaches.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Scissor bite. Incisors set square to the jaws.
UKC
The Briquet Griffon Vendeen has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Dark, large and lively, the eyebrows well pronounced but not covering the eye. The conjunctiva must not be apparent.
UKC
Large and dark, with a lively expression. The eyerims are tight and fully pigmented.

Ears

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UKC
Set low, supple, narrow and fine, rolling inward, and not long enough to reach to the nose.

Leathers

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FCI
Supple, narrow and fine, covered with long hair, ending in a point, well turned inwards and not reaching the end of the muzzle, set low, below the level of the eye.

NECK

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FCI
Long and elegant, without dewlap.
UKC
Long and elegant, with no dewlap.

BODY

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UKC
The chest is quite deep, but not too wide. The ribs are moderately rounded. The back is short and solid, either level or rising slightly towards the hindquarters. The loin is straight, muscular and short coupled, and the croup is flat. The flanks are full, and there is little tuck up.

Back

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FCI
Solid and short, straight or very slightly rising.

Loin

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FCI
Straight, muscled and well coupled.

Chest

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FCI
Not too wide, quite deep, reaching the level of the elbow. Ribs Moderately rounded.

Flank

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FCI
Full. Underline very slightly raised towards the rear.

TAIL

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FCI
Thick at the base, tapering progressively, set high, sabre carriage, but never as a sickle; rather short.
UKC
Set high, thick at the base, and tapering towards the tip. Carried up in saber fashion, but never curled over the back.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Quarters quite strong but without being heavy, vertical and parallel.
UKC
Strong, but not heavy, with long, clean, sloping shoulders.

Shoulder

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FCI
Long, clean and slanting.

Elbow

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FCI
Low set and close to the body.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The legs are straight and strong. The elbows set close to the body, and the pasterns are strong.

Forearm

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FCI
Strong bone structure and straight.

FEET

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UKC
Hard pads, with well arched, tight toes. Nails and pads should be well pigmented.

Forefeet

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FCI
Not too strong, pads hard, the toes well arched and tight, nails solid. A good pigmentation of the pads and nails is desirable.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Well developed, vertical and parallel.
UKC
Well developed, with legs that are vertical and parallel.

Thigh

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FCI
Long and muscled.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The upper thigh is long and muscular. The hocks are moderately bent.

Hock joint

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FCI
Large and well let down. Seen from the back, never cow-hocked nor bandy-legged. Seen in profile, angle of hock moderate.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Active and supple, not jerky nor bouncy.
UKC
Active and supple.

SKIN

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FCI
Rather a little thick but supple. Often marbled in the tricolour subjects. No dewlap.
UKC
The skin is rather thick.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Long without exaggeration, sometimes bushy, harsh to the touch; undercoat well furnished; the belly and the inside of the thighs must not be bare; eyebrows well pronounced but not covering the eye.
UKC
Fairly long, but not exaggerated, the outer coat is harsh and sometimes bushy. There is good undercoat. The eyebrows are well pronounced, but should not cover the eye. The muzzle is covered with a mustache.

COLOUR

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FCI
Black with white spotting (white and black). Black with tan markings (black and tan). Black with light tan markings. Fawn with white spotting (white and orange). Fawn with black mantle and white spotting (tricolour). Fawn with black overlay. Pale fawn with black overlay and white spotting. Pale fawn with black overlay. Traditional names hare colour, wolf colour, badger colour or wild boar colour.
UKC
White and black, white and orange, black and tan, tricolor or fawn of any shade with black overlay, with or without white markings.

SIZE

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Height at withers

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FCI

Males from 50 cm to 55 cm.
Females from 48 cm to 53 cm.
With a tolerance of 1 cm more or less.
UKC
Height at the withers for males is 19.5 to 21.5 inches. For females, it is 19 to 21 inches.

FAULTS

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FCI

Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health and welfare of the dog.
  • Head: Too strong, recalling that of the Grand Vendéen. Depigmentation of the nose, lips or eyelids. Muzzle too long. Pincer bite. Light eye. Leathers too long, flat, smooth haired and high set.
  • Body: Cylindrical or whippety. Back not firm enough. Slanting croup.
  • Tail: Too long or deviated.
  • General appearance: Insufficient bone. Angulation too straight. Slack in pasterns. Toes not tight enough.
  • Coat: Insufficiently dense, hair fine.
  • Behaviour: Timid subject.
UKC

Skull: Broad skull.
Teeth: Level bite.
Nose: Lack of pigment.
Eyes: Light eyes.
Coat: Soft, fine or sparse coat.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Lack of width in the sternal region.
  • Ribs narrow towards the lower part.
  • Kinky tail.
  • Woolly coat.
  • Self-coloured coat black or white.
  • Important depigmentation.
  • Size outside the standard.
  • Noticeable invalidating fault.
  • Anatomical malformation.
Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be disqualified.
  • Fearful or aggressive subject.
  • Lack of type.
  • Prognathism (overshot or undershot mouth).
  • Wall eye, eyes of different colours (Heterochromia).
UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Undershot or overshot bite. Wall eyes. Color that is solid white or solid black, without markings.
Teeth: Undershot or overshot bite.
Eyes: Wall eyes.
Color: Color that is solid white or solid black, without markings.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully descended into the scrotum.