Breeds of dogs: Briquet Griffon Vendeen

Breeds of dogs: Briquet Griffon Vendeen

Origin, classification and history

Origin: France.
F.C.I classification: Group 6 - hounds and dogs by blood trail.

Among the breeds of French Hounds, the Briquet Griffon Vendéen is the breed that has achieved its own morphological and character stability before any other. Scholars argue that it derives from crosses between the "white dog of the king", the white variety of "Sant’Uberto", the "white-orange Italian Bracco". The experts were a little perplexed about the derivation of the gray spots that sometimes appear on the coat, but then attributed the responsibility to crossbreeding with the "Gray Saint-Louis dog". The hard golden hair would have been transmitted by the "Brittany Fawn". It has been used for many years in large wetsuits for wolf and wild boar hunting, which it still hunts, highlighting boldness, tenacity, speed and passion.

General aspect

Medium sized dog. He is a determined and intelligent dog. It has an elegant conformation and gait. The breed has a short and well proportioned structure. The construction is robust and free of heaviness. The typical aesthetic characteristic of the breed is the particular long and rough coat to the touch. He has an important head.


It is manifested brave and tenacious. He has been selected for decades to be a good human auxiliary, therefore he must prove himself devoted and faithful to his master. She is very affectionate with people she believes to be friends. Being a fairly intelligent breed, it is sufficiently obedient and fairly well trainable. Excellent companion for long walks. He loves being at the center of attention and being taken to new areas.

Briquet Griffon Vendéen (photo

Briquet Griffon Vendéen (photo Alephalpha)


- males from 50 cm to 55 cm
- females from 50 cm to 55 cm.
(tolerance of 1 cm more or less for excellent subjects).
Weight: varies from 21 to 25 kg.

Trunk: chest deep enough and not too wide. Average rounded ribs. Solid and short back; well straight or, better, slightly rising. Straight, muscular and well-supported kidneys.
Shoulder: long, dry and oblique.
Head and muzzle: rather short and light, but without exaggeration. Rounded skull, not too important. Wide and straight muzzle. The frontal sulcus appears even more marked because of the hair, well raised above the eyes. The lips are covered with a thick mustache.
Truffle: black, large and well open.
Teeth: white, complete in development and number.
Neck: long and light, without dewlap.
Ears: soft, narrow and fine, covered with long hair, pointed at the end, well turned inwards and not too long, but attached low below the eye line.
Eyes: large and lively, dark in color. Well-pronounced eyebrows, without covering the eye.
Limbs: straight front. Big forearm. Elbows well descended and close to the trunk. Good skeleton. Hindquarters with long, muscular thighs. Hocks wide and close to the ground, never closed or open. Feet not too big. Hard plant. Well arched and closed fingers. Solid nails.
Movements: flexible. They indicate a nervous animal.
Musculature: rather well developed and quite evident.
Tail: short, with high attachment. Saber blade course, never sickle. Coarse at the root, it tapers towards the end. Spike.
Skin: fairly adherent and elastic.
Hair: long without exaggeration. Sometimes uncultivated. Rough to the touch. Thick undercoat. The belly and the inside of the thighs must not be bare.
Allowed colors: fawn, hare-colored, white orange. White and gray. White and hare-colored. Black and white. Tricolor in the shades mentioned above.
Most common defects: prognathism, enognatism, lack of premolars, non-standard sizes, coat colors not allowed, shy or aggressive character, important subject, overly light subject, elongated structure, head too large, depigmented mucous membranes, ears too long, sunken back, cylindrical body, insufficient ribs, badly oriented hocks, flat feet, too long tail, twisted tail, incorrect movement, monorchidism, cryptorchidism.

curated by Vinattieri Federico -

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