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Meet The AKC’s Newest Breed: The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen

Have you heard of the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen? The answer to that question may very well be no. This isn’t surprising: there are actually only about 400 in the US, and likely a similar number in Canada. These cute pups were recently added to the ranks of the AKC’s officially recognized breeds. Joining the Hound Group, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen—or GBGV for short—was recognized January 1, 2018, along with another adorable pooch, the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje. There are now 192 recognized breeds … and we love them all! Read on as a local vet discusses the GBGV.

History

Originally bred in France to hunt rabbits and hares, the GBGV is known for having both speed and stamina. These scenthounds actually can be traced back to the 16th century, and are the ancestors of the Griffon Vendeen, which looks quite similar.

Temperament

These fluffy pooches are known for being smart, sociable, and laid back. They are great with kids, and tend to easily make friends with other pets. In fact, they get lonely without companions, and are generally happier with friendly, furry playmates than they are as only pets. Playful and lighthearted, the GBGV does need proper training from puppyhood, as otherwise they can get bossy.

Exercise

Active and courageous, the GBGV is definitely not a couch potato: they need quite a bit of exercise, even into their senior years. They tend to get very, very interested in following scents. A good leash and/or a fenced yard is a must with these guys: otherwise, they are apt to follow their noses right into mischief! This doesn’t mean that the GBGV won’t thrive in an apartment, however. They typically do just fine with proper exercise.

Appearance and Grooming

The GBGV isn’t a particularly large dog: they weigh about 40-45 pounds, on average. They have a rough but straight coat that looks tousled . . . almost like the doggy equivalent of ‘beach waves.’ They do need regular brushing, however, as otherwise they’ll get quite matted. These pretty pups are typically white with yellow, orange, black, brown, or grey accents. It’s worth noting that their claws grow very quickly, so they need regular pawdicures. Good ear care is also important. Ask your vet for more information.

Do you have questions about caring for a Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen? Call us, your pet hospital, anytime!

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