Briquet Griffon Vendéen
(aka: Medium Vendeen Griffon, Briquet, Griffon Vendeen)
Briquet Griffon Vendeen Description
The Briquet Griffon Vendeen is a medium-sized dog with a notable shaggy white coat. "Briquet" translates to medium-sized and the Vendeen Griffon is a popular companion dog throughout Europe. It is a harmonious and level-headed dog that is distinguished from other sizes because of its rather stocky construction.
The Briquet Griffon Vendeen is a very receptive and sensitive dog. It is stocky but well proportioned with a firm snout and long, dropping ears on the sides of its head. The head is medium-sized and the dog has a medium sized snout. The tail is short and will stick straight out when the dog is alert, anxious, or happy. This dog stands tall and confident, and has medium legs in proportion to its overall height and length.
This light dog is often used for hunting small deer and there are two main sizes of the species. A rough coat and compact structure define these hounds, and they have a lively bearing and outlook. They have large, dark, and expressive eyes that show very little white; they also have a naturally friendly and intelligent expression. The ears are supple and narrow, and covered with long hair. The mouth has a scissor bite that is level and consistent.
The Briquet is a passionate hunter with stamina and fortitude. It should be able to pick up a cold trail as well as a hot one. Like its close relations the other vendeen hounds, the Briquet relishes its time outdoors with its family. While they are not high-strung, they are lively and enthusiastic dogs. Bred to work in packs as well as on their own, they get along well with other dogs and aren't overly possessive about anything. They are fine companion for children.
Griffons don't particularly take to being told what to do. They don't mind being cajoled, bribed, or played with, and if these things lead them to do something their owner likes, then everyone is happy.
The Briquet Griffon Vendeen is a happy hound, is very willing to please and rarely aggressive. In the early days in Britain, the dog was simply coined "The Happy Breed."
The tousled appearance of the Griffon comes naturally, and any trimming is highly discouraged. Its double coat must be brushed and combed. The burrs and mud it picks up in its travels need to be brushed off its legs and belly. Its long ears can harbor infection and should be cleaned regularly.
The Briquet Griffon Vendeen originates from France, and is a descendant of the Vendeen hounds of the Gris de St. Louis. The World War II era eliminated many lines of this dog and they are still relatively unknown in France. The Briquet Griffon Vendeen is one of four rough-coated breeds from the west coast of France, mostly in the Vendee region. The Vendeen Hounds of Gris de St. Louis may have been the earliest ancestors of all four varieties.
In France, the dog was bred down in size by the Comte d'Elva from the Grand Griffon Vendeen, a dog of similar construction but much larger in height and structure. It was a direct descendent of the Canis Segusius used by the Gauls. Many royal family members used the dog as a French show dog where it was restored, and now stands today. Although it is a rare breed, it continues to attract admirers from around the world. It is important to remember that these dogs were developed to hunt small game by scent, and are quite capable of hunting in different types of weather and climates. They are a hardy but friendly breed and will display their skills in a loving environment.
The Briquet Griffon Vendeen presents a training challenge due to their extreme independent and single-minded nature. They will not respond to harsh or heavy-handed methods. Training must be done with firmness, fairness, patience, and consistency.
Due to the rarity of this breed there are minimal health issues. There have been low incidences of patella luxation and distichiasis.