|United Kennel Club|
Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen
The sequence follows FCI breed standard.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY: 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: Slightly elongated, with straight legs and the general structure of a Basset, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is balanced and elegant.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT: A courageous, passionate hunter, the Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen is tenacious and can be stubborn.
Skull: The skull is long, not too wide, and convex in profile. The occiput is well developed and the stop is well defined.
Nose: The nose is prominent, with well opened nostrils. It is black except in white and orange coats, when it may be brown.
Muzzle: 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.
Jaws/Teeth: The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen has a complete set of evenly spaced, white teeth meeting in a scissors bite.
Eyes: The eyes are large, dark and oval in shape, with tight lids. The expression is friendly and intelligent.
Ears: 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.
NECK: The neck is long, robust and well muscled, without dewlap.
BODY: 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.
TAIL: 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.
FOREQUARTERS: The shoulders are long, clean and oblique.
FORELEGS: 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.
FEET: Strong and tight, with hard pads and solid nails.
HINDQUARTERS: The hindquarters are solid. The hips are apparent.
HIND LEGS: 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.
GAIT / MOVEMENT: Free, easy, and harmonious.
HAIR: 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: 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.
Height at withers: Height at the withers for males is 15.5 to 17 inches. For females, it is 15 to16.5 inches.
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.
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.