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Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

(Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen)

Basset Griffon Vendeen (Grand)

Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen


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
UKC
Scenthound

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.
UKC
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen originated in France. It is derived, as are all the Bassets, from the larger, longer-legged hounds, in this case from the Grand Griffon. This breed is the fastest of all the scenthound bassets and is excellent on hare, but is used on all furry game. The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1996.

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.
UKC
Slightly elongated, with straight legs and the general structure of a Basset, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is balanced and elegant.

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.
UKC
A courageous, passionate hunter, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is tenacious and can be stubborn.

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.
UKC
The skull is long, not too wide, and convex in profile. The occiput is well developed and the stop is well defined.

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.
UKC
The nose is prominent, with well opened nostrils. It is black except in white and orange coats, when it may be brown.

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.
UKC
The muzzle is longer than the skull. It is squared off at the end, and slightly convex in profile. It is well chiseled below the eyes. The lips are quite pendulous and covered with a moustache.

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.
UKC
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors 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.
UKC
The eyes are large, dark and oval in shape, with tight lids. The expression is friendly and intelligent.

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.
UKC
The ears are low set, below the level of the eye. They are supple, narrow and fine, and must reach beyond the end of the nose. They are well turned inward.

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.
UKC
The neck is long, robust and well muscled, 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.
UKC
The body is that of a Basset but avoids excessive length. The chest is broad and let down to the elbow. The ribs are rounded, but the thorax is slightly less broad at elbow level to facilitate movement. The withers are slightly protruding and the back is long, broad and very straight. The loin is solid, well muscled and slightly arched. The flank is very full, 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.
UKC
Set quite high, thick at the base and tapering to the end, the tail is quite long and is carried gaily in saber fashion. Never on 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.
UKC
The shoulders are long, clean and oblique.

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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UKC
Straight, with a strong, thick forearm that has bone that is dense but lean. The elbows should be in line with the body but not tight. The wrists should never touch.

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.
UKC
Strong and tight, with hard pads and solid nails.

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.
UKC
The hindquarters are solid. The hips are apparent.

Thigh

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

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The thighs are strongly muscled but not too rounded. The hocks are wide and angulated, never straight. Seen from the rear, the pasterns are vertical.

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.
UKC
Free, easy, and harmonious.

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.
UKC
Hard, not too long, and flat, not silky nor wooly. The fringes should not be too apparent. The eyebrows are well pronounced, but do not cover the eye.

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.
UKC
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.

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.
UKC
Height at the withers for males is 15.5 to 17 inches. For females, it is 15 to16.5 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 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.
UKC

Teeth: Level bite.
Nose: Butterfly nose.
Eyes: Light eyes.
Ears: Ears set high, short ears, straight ears that do not turn inward.
Coat: Insufficient coat. Fine coat.

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.
UKC

Unilateral or bilateral cryptorchid. Viciousness or extreme shyness. Albinism. Overshot or undershot bite. Dudley nose. Wall eyes. Crooked or half crooked forelegs. Kinked tail. Wooly coat. Solid white or solid black.
Teeth: Overshot or undershot bite.
Nose: Dudley nose.
Eyes: Wall eyes.
Forelegs: Crooked or half crooked forelegs.
Tail: Kinked tail.
Coat: Wooly coat.
Color: Solid white or solid black.


Anatomical Features of the dog

N.B.:

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