FCI-Standard N° 33 /
14. 02. 2001 / GB
PUBLICATION OF THE ORIGINAL VALID STANDARD:
It is the perfect assistant for the hunter with a gun in territories
of moderate size. Fastest of all the scenthound bassets, tenacious,
courageous, and a little stubborn. It must, from an early age, be
accustomed to obeying; its training implies will and punishment, for
which he will bear no grudge.
Group 6 Scenthounds and related breeds.
Section 1.3 Small-sized Hounds. With working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY:
The Grand Basset Griffon Vendéen is derived, like all bassets, from
hounds of superior size, in this case the Grand Griffon. The first
selections were made at the end of the 19th century by the Comte
d’Elva who was looking for subjects with «straight legs». But it was
Paul Dezamy who was especially responsible for fixing the
type. He understood that in order to catch a hare, dogs of a certain
size were needed. He fixed that size at about 43 cm. Today used
primarily when hunting with a gun, it is capable of hunting all
furry game, from the rabbit to wild boar. A team of Grand Bassets
won the 5th edition of the European Cup for hare.
Slightly elongated overall, it has straight forelegs, the structure
of a basset, and must not resemble a small Briquet. It is balanced
Behaviour: Fast, well voiced, a passionate hunter; courageous, loves
bramble and scrub.
A little stubborn but nevertheless well behaved. It is up to the
master to take command.
Skull: Without heaviness, convex, elongated and not too wide, well
chiselled below the eyes. Occipital bone well developed.
Stop: Frontal indentation well defined.
Prominent. Nostrils well open. Black and developed, except for white
and orange coats where a brown nose is tolerated.
Muzzle: Square at its extremity, noticeably longer than the skull,
very slightly convex.
Lips: Quite pendulous, covering well the lower jaw and giving the
front of the muzzle a square profile. They are well covered with
Jaws/Teeth: Jaws strongly developed, scissor bite.
Eyes: Of oval shape, large, dark, not showing white; friendly and
intelligent expression. The conjunctiva must not be apparent.
Leathers: Supple, narrow and fine, covered with long hair and ending
in an elongated oval, well turned inwards. Low set, below the
eye. They must be able to reach beyond the end of the nose.
Long, robust and well muscled. Strong at set-on. Without dewlap.
Really that of a basset but avoiding an exaggerated length.
Back: Long, broad and really straight, never saddle-backed, and
starting to arch its junction with the loin; withers very slightly
Loin: Solid, well muscled, slightly arched.
Chest: Quite broad and well let down to elbow level.
Ribs: Rounded, never flat nor cylindrical. Thorax slightly less
broad at elbow level to facilitate the movement.
Flank: Rather full, belly never tucked up.
Thick at the base, tapering progressively, set quite high, carried
saber fashion or slightly curved but never on the back or bent at
the tip. Rather long.
Overall view: Bone structure developed but lean. It should be
understood that bone quality is not a question of volume but of
FOREQUARTERS: They must be straight with a thick forearm and a very
slightly defined but very solid carpal joint (wrist).
Shoulder: Long, clean and oblique.
Elbow: Should be neither too close to body nor loose.
Forearm: Thick, wrists (carpus) should never touch.
Overall view: Solid and well directed in the axis of the body.
Hip (Iliac crest): Apparent.
Thigh: Strongly muscled but not too rounded, bone structure and
articulations very solid.
Hock: Wide and angulated, must never be straight. Seen from the
rear, it should not appear turned outwards or inwards.
and tight with hard pads and solid nails; good pigmentation of pads
and nails is desirable.
MOVEMENT: The dog in action must give
an impression of resistance and ease; the movement must be free and
Quite thick, often marbled in the tricoloured subjects. No dewlap.
HAIR: Hard, not too long and flat,
never silky or woolly. The fringes should not be too abundant; the
belly and inside of the thighs must not be bare; eyebrows well
pronounced but not covering the eye.
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:
Males - from 40 to 44 cm, Females - from 39 to 43 cm. With a
tolerance of 1cm more or less.
Any departure from the foregoing points should be considered a fault
and the seriousness with which the fault should be regarded should
be in exact proportion to its degree and its effect upon the health
and welfare of the dog.
- Too short.
- Flat skull.
- Short muzzle.
- Depigmentation of the nose, lips or eyelids.
- Pincer bite.
- Light eye.
- Leathers set high, short, insufficiently turned in or lacking
- Too long or too short.
- Lacking harmony.
- Topline insufficiently firm.
- Slanting rump.
- Deviated stern.
- Insufficient bone structure.
- Angulation too straight.
- Hocks too close.
- Slack in pasterns.
- Insufficiently dense, fine hair.
- Timid subject.
- Aggresive or overly shy.
- Lack of type.
- Prognathism (overshot or undershot mouth).
- Wall eye. Eyes of different colours (Heterochromia).
- Lack of room in the sternal region; ribs narrow towards the lower
- Kinky tail.
- Crooked or half-crooked forelegs.
- Woolly coat.
- Self-coloured coat black or white.
- Important depigmentation.
- Size outside the standard.
- Noticeable invalidating fault. Anatomical malformation.
clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities shall be
Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.