Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen

KC Pedigree, Medium

Moderate shedding

Not good for first time owners

Bred to hunt rabbit/hare in the rocky, dense Vendee region of France, the Grand Basset and the Petit Basset were interbred until 1977. Until then, and for a few years afterwards, a big dog at 12 months was called the Grand; a small one, the Petit.


Attractive to ...

Someone that wants a longer-backed dog than the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen. The Grand has a longer tail, ears and muzzle, too.

Not the best for ...

Someone that wants a taller type of Petit Basset. This isn't always guaranteed. A big Petit can be the same height as a small Grand!



Cross between





A bit smaller than a Labrador.

Exercise Needs

High (Two hours or more)
Without sufficient mental and physical exercise will probably do the wall of death around the living room!


If not hand stripped will go fluffy. If you don't pluck their fur in the old fashioned way they transform from spikey to soft.


Moderate shedding
All canines drop some hair, think of it as dog glitter!

Life expectancy

12 years

Good first dog?



Tailwise is consistently rated as Excellent

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