Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The Kennel Club

Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

(Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen)

Basset Griffon Vendeen (Grand)


ORIGIN

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FCI
France.

PUBLISHED

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FCI
09.01.1999.
KC
October 2009

UTILISATION

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FCI
It is the perfect assistant for the hunter with a gun in territories of moderate size. Fastest of all the scenthound bassets, tenacious, courageous, and a little stubborn. It must, from an early age, be accustomed to obeying; its training implies will and punishment, for which he will bear no grudge.

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 6Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1.3Scenthounds, Small-sized Hounds
With working trial

KC
Hound

TRANSLATION

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FCI
John Miller and Raymond Triquet.

BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY

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FCI
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is derived, like all bassets, from hounds of superior size, in this case the Grand Griffon. The first selections were made at the end of the 19th century by the Comte d’Elva who was looking for subjects with « straight legs ». But it was Paul Dezamy who was especially responsible for fixing the type. He understood that in order to catch a hare, dogs of a certain size were needed. He fixed that size at about 43 cm. Today used primarily when hunting with a gun, it is capable of hunting all furry game, from the rabbit to wild boar. A team of Grand Bassets won the 5th edition of the European Cup for hare.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
Slightly elongated overall, it has straight forelegs, the structure of a basset, and must not resemble a small Briquet. It is balanced and elegant.
KC
Well-balanced, medium height, rough coated hound. Slightly longer than height at withers, with straight forelegs. A friendly and intelligent looking hound with noble bearing.

IMPORTANT PROPORTIONS

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KC
A strong, active and courageous hound, possessing great stamina, with a good voice freely used.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Behaviour: Fast, well voiced, a passionate hunter; courageous, loves bramble and scrub.
Temperament: A little stubborn but nevertheless well behaved. It is up to the master to take command.
KC
Happy and outgoing. Independent and a little stubborn, not easily agitated, yet willing to please with firm handling.

HEAD

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KC
A noble head, carried proudly. Skull domed, without heaviness, elongated and not too wide. Well cut away under the eyes. Occipital bone well developed. Stop clearly defined. Muzzle square at its extremity, noticeably longer than from stop to occiput. Bridge of nose slightly roman. Nose protruding, well developed with wide open nostrils. Solid colour. Black except in white/lemon, white/orange coats where brown is tolerated. Lips well developed, just covering the lower jaw and giving the front of the muzzle a square shape. Well covered with long hair, forming good beard and moustache.

CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Without heaviness, convex, elongated and not too wide, well chiselled below the eyes. Occipital bone well developed.

Stop

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FCI
Frontal indentation well defined.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Prominent. Nostrils well open. Black and developed, except for white and orange coats where a brown nose is tolerated.

Muzzle

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FCI
Square at its extremity, noticeably longer than the skull, very slightly convex.
KC
Jaws strong with perfect, regular and complete scissor bite, i.e. upper teeth closely overlapping lower teeth and set square to the jaws.

Lips

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FCI
Quite pendulous, covering well the lower jaw and giving the front of the muzzle a square profile. They are well covered with moustaches.

Jaws/Teeth

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FCI
Jaws strongly developed, scissor bite.

Eyes

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FCI
Of oval shape, large, dark, not showing white; friendly and intelligent expression. The conjunctiva must not be apparent.
KC
Large, dark and oval, showing no white, with a friendly, intelligent expression. Haw not visible. Long eyebrows, standing forward but not obscuring eyes.

Ears

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KC
Supple, narrow and fine, covered with long hair, folding inwards, ending in an oval shape, reaching to just beyond the tip of the nose; set on low, not above the line of the eye.

Leathers

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FCI
Supple, narrow and fine, covered with long hair and ending in an elongated oval, well turned inwards. Low set, below the eye. They must be able to reach beyond the end of the nose.

NECK

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FCI
Long, robust and well muscled. Strong at set-on. Without dewlap.
KC
Long and strong, set into well-laid shoulders; thicker at the base; without dewlap.

BODY

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FCI
Really that of a basset but avoiding an exaggerated length.
KC
Back of good length, without exaggeration, with level topline. Slight rise over solid, well-muscled loin. Prominent forechest, brisket broad and deep. Ribs moderately rounded, well let down to elbow and extending well back. Flanks rather deep, belly never tucked up.

Back

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FCI
Long, broad and really straight, never saddle-backed, and starting to arch its junction with the loin; withers very slightly protruding.

Loin

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FCI
Solid, well muscled, slightly arched.

Chest

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FCI
Chest: Quite broad and well let down to elbow level.
Ribs: Rounded, never flat nor cylindrical. Thorax slightly less broad at elbow level to facilitate the movement.

Flank

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FCI
Rather full, belly never tucked up.

TAIL

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FCI
Thick at the base, tapering progressively, set quite high, carried saber fashion or slightly curved but never on the back or bent at the tip. Rather long.
KC
Rather long. Set on high, thick at the base, tapering gradually, well furnished with hair, carried proudly sabre-like or slightly curved but never too far over the back or bent at the tip.

LIMBS

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FCI
Bone structure developed but lean. It should be understood that bone quality is not a question of volume but of density.

FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
They must be straight with a thick forearm and a very slightly defined but very solid carpal joint (wrist).
KC
Shoulders clean and well laid back; elbows close to the body, never turning out. Forelegs straight, thick and well boned. Pasterns strong and slightly sloping. Knuckling over is unacceptable.

Shoulder

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FCI
Long, clean and oblique.

Elbow

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FCI
Should be neither too close to body nor loose.

FORELEGS

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Forearm

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FCI
Thick, wrists (carpus) should never touch.

FEET

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KC
Large and tight padded. Pads firm and solid. Nails strong and short.

Forefeet

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FCI
Strong and tight with hard pads and solid nails; good pigmentation of pads and nails is desirable.

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Solid and well directed in the axis of the body.
Hip: (Iliac crest): Apparent.
KC
Well boned, strong and muscular with moderate bend of stifle. Heavily muscled thighs with well defined second thigh. Hocks turning neither in nor out.

Thigh

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FCI
Strongly muscled but not too rounded, bone structure and articulations very solid.

HIND LEGS

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Hock

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FCI
Wide and angulated, must never be straight. Seen from the rear, it should not appear turned outwards or inwards.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
The dog in action must give an impression of resistance and ease; the movement must be free and harmonious.
KC
Free with great drive. Front action straight and reaching well forward; hind action easy and elastic, hocks turning neither in nor out.

SKIN

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FCI
Quite thick, often marbled in the tricoloured subjects. No dewlap.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Hard, not too long and flat, never silky or woolly. The fringes should not be too abundant; the belly and inside of the thighs must not be bare; eyebrows well pronounced but not covering the eye.
KC
Rough, of moderate length, with a flat structure, never silky or woolly, fringing not too abundant; thick undercoat. The coat may be tidied, but over-trimming or stylising should be penalised.

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.
KC
White, with any combination of lemon, orange, sable, grizzle or black markings. Tricolour.

SIZE

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KC
Height at withers: dogs 40-44 cms (15¾ -17 ½ ins); bitches 39-43 cms (15 ½ -17ins). A tolerance of 1cm (3/8 in ) more or less is permissible.

Height at withers

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FCI

Males from 40 to 44 cm.
Females from 39 to 43 cm.
With a tolerance of 1cm more or less.

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 short. Flat skull. Short muzzle. Depigmentation of the nose, lips or eyelids. Pincer bite. Light eye. Leathers set high, short, insufficiently turned in or lacking hair.
  • Body: Too long or too short. Lacking harmony. Topline insufficiently firm. Slanting rump.
  • Tail: Deviated stern.
  • Limbs: Insufficient bone structure. Angulation too straight. Hocks too close. Slack in pasterns.
  • Coat: Insufficiently dense, fine hair.
  • Behaviour: Timid subject.
KC
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 and on the dog’s ability to perform its traditional work.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Aggressive or overly shy.
  • Lack of type.
  • Prognathism (overshot or undershot mouth).
  • Wall eye. Eyes of different colours (Heterochromia).
  • Lack of room in the sternal region; ribs narrow towards the lower part.
  • Kinky tail.
  • Crooked or half-crooked forelegs.
  • 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.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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