Fédération Cynologique Internationale

United Kennel Club

Grand Griffon Vendéen

Grand 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 used by hunters with or without guns, of large game, stag, roe-deer, wild boar, fox, generally in a pack or individually as a limer (dog held on a lead and used for picking up a cold trail).

CLASSIFICATION

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FCI
Group 6Scent hounds and related breeds
Section 1.1Scenthounds, Large-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
Initially only the Grand Vendéen existed. It was a short-haired variety of Vendéen descending from the « Greffier » (Early 16th century - Translator’s note.) or from the so-called « King ’s white hound »*. Neither should we forget mentioning the « griffon fauve de Bretagne » in its origins because the former enters for an important part into the bloodlines of the « Greffier ». The « Chien Gris de St. Louis » and the « Griffon de Bresse » (descendant of Segusian ancestors) brought as well their contribution to the creation of the Grand Griffon.
UKC
In the early 16th Century, a breed known as the Grand Vendeen existed. It was a short coated Vendeen bred down from ‘the King’s white hounds’. When the Grand Vendeen was crossed with several of the other Griffon breeds, the Grand Griffon Vendeen was born. It was used on large game such as stag, roe deer, wild boar and fox, generally in a pack. The Grand Griffon Vendeen was recognized by the United Kennel Club January 1, 1996.

GENERAL APPEARANCE

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FCI
A very old breed, French in type, receptive and determined, distinguished in its shapes and gaits. Well proportioned construction, robust without heaviness.
UKC
A distinguished breed, very French in type, the Grand Griffon Vendeen is well proportioned and robust without being heavy.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT

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FCI
Behaviour: Fine nose, has a beautiful voice; assiduous on the track, does not refuse thorny undergrowth, needs large territories.
Temperament: Docile, but wilful and passionate, needs to be kept well in hand.
UKC
Docile, but willful and passionate because of its strong hunting instinct, the Grand Griffon Vendeen has to be kept well in hand.

HEAD

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CRANIAL REGION

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Skull

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FCI
Seen from the front, rather well domed, but not too wide between the leathers.
UKC
The skull is not too wide. Viewed from the front, it is fairly well domed. The stop is slightly defined.

Stop

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FCI
Slightly defined.

FACIAL REGION

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Nose

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FCI
Strong, black except for white and orange coats where a brown nose is tolerated; nostrils well open.
UKC
Large, with well opened nostrils, the nose is black except in white and orange dogs, which may have brown noses. It must be fully pigmented.

Muzzle

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FCI
Of equal length to that of the skull, strong, straight or slightly convex.
UKC
The muzzle is as long as the skull. It is strong, and has a straight or slightly convex nasal bone. The lips are pendulous and well cover the lower jaw, giving the muzzle a square appearance.

Lips

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

Eyes

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FCI
Dark colour, large and bright, the eyebrows well pronounced but not covering the eye. The conjunctiva must not be apparent.
UKC
The eyes are large, dark and bright, with tight rims that are fully pigmented.

Ears

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UKC
The ears are supple, narrow and fine, ending in an elongated oval. They are set below the level of the eye and must reach beyond the end of the nose.

Leathers

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FCI
Typical of a French scenthound, they are supple, narrow and fine, covered with long hair and ending in an elongated oval, well turned inwards; low set below the level of the eye, they must be able to reach beyond the end of the nose.

NECK

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FCI
Elegant, without dewlap.
UKC
Elegant, with no dewlap.

BODY

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UKC
The chest is deep to the elbow but not too wide. The ribs are long and moderately rounded. The back is solid, and is straight or slightly sloping. The loin is well muscled and the croup is flat. The flank is slightly tucked up.

Back

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FCI
Solid, straight or rising very slightly.

Loin

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FCI
Well muscled.

Chest

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FCI
Chest: Not too wide, quite deep, reaching elbow level.
Ribs: Moderately rounded and long.

Flank

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FCI
Rather dawn up but well filled.

TAIL

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FCI
Thick at the base, tapering progressively, set high, carried as sabre tail, but never as a sickle; rather long.
UKC
The tail is rather long, thick at the base, and tapering towards the tip. It is set high and carried in saber fashion, but never curled over the back.

LIMBS

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FOREQUARTERS

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FCI
Powerful.
UKC
The forequarters are powerful, with long, lean, sloping shoulders.

Shoulder

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FCI
Long, lean and oblique.

Elbow

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FCI
Close to the body.

FORELEGS

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UKC
The elbows are close to the body, and the forearms are straight with strong bone and fairly upright pasterns.

Forearm

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FCI
Strong bone construction, straight.

FEET

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UKC
Well arched and tight, with solid pads and strong nails. Good pigment is preferred.

Forefeet

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

Hind feet

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FCI
See Forefeet.

HINDQUARTERS

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FCI
Hip bones solid. Apparent.
UKC
The hindquarters are solid, with hip bones that are apparent.

Thigh

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FCI
Long and muscled.

HIND LEGS

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UKC
The thighs are long and muscular. The hock joint is broad and well let down, with moderate angulation.

Hock joint

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FCI
Broad and well let down; seen from the rear, neither cow-hocked nor bandy-legged; seen in profile angle of hock moderate.

GAIT / MOVEMENT

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FCI
Supple, even, active.
UKC
Supple, even and active.

SKIN

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FCI
Not too fine, supple. Often marbled in the tricolour subjects. No dewlap.

COAT

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HAIR

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FCI
Long without exaggeration, sometimes bushy and harsh (coarse and hard); undercoat dense; the belly and the inside of the thighs must not be bare; eyebrows well pronounced but not covering the eye.
UKC
Fairly long, coarse and hard, with a dense undercoat. The eyebrows and moustache are well pronounced, but the eyebrows must not cover the eyes.

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 name hare colour, wolf colour, badger colour or wild boar colour.
UKC
White and black, white and orange, black and tan, tricolor, fawn with black overlay (with or without white spotting). Traditional colors such as hare, wolf, badger or wild boar.

SIZE

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Height at withers

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FCI

Male from 62 cm to 68 cm.
Female from 60 cm to 65 cm.
With a tolerance of 1 cm more or less.
UKC
Height at the withers for males is 24.5 to 27.5 inches. For females, it is 23.5 to 25.5 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. Muzzle short. Depigmentation of the nose, lips or eyelids. Pincer bite. Light eye. Leathers set high, short, insufficiently turned in or lacking hair.
  • Body: Lacking volume. Appearance too heavy. Topline not firm enough. Croup falling away.
  • Tail: Deviated.
  • Limbs: Insufficient bone. Angulation too straight. Hocks too close. Slack in pasterns.
  • Hair: Insufficiently dense, fine hair.
  • Behaviour: Timid subject.
UKC

Skull: Flat skull.
Teeth: Level bite.
Eyes: Light eyes.
Ears: High set ears. Short ears.
Coat: Coat too fine.

DISQUALIFYING FAULTS

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FCI

  • Shyness or aggressiveness.
  • Lack of type.
  • Prognathism (overshot or undershot mouth).
  • Wall eye. Eye of different colours (Heterochromia).
  • Lack of space in the sternal region; ribs too narrow towards the lower end.
  • Kinky tail.
  • Woolly coat.
  • Self coloured coat black or white.
  • Important depigmentation.
  • Size outside the standard.
  • Noticeable invalidating defect.
  • 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. Dudley nose. Wall eyes. Kinked tail. Woolly coat. Solid white or solid black.
Teeth: Overshot or undershot.
Nose: Dudley nose.
Eyes: Wall eyes.
Tail: Kinked tail.
Coat: Woolly 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.