Griffon Nivernais

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The Griffon Nivernais is a medium-sized hunting dog, rustic in appearance, dry and characterized by its hard and shaggy coat. Built for endurance, it also stands out for its robustness and resistance.



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Hair type Long
Origin France
Template Average
Head shape Long
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 25 kg to 25 kg From 53 cm to 60 cm
Male From 25 kg to 25 kg From 55 cm to 62 cm
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History of the breed

In all likelihood, the Griffon Nivernais has for ancestors the dogs of the Hautes-Pyrénées and the Gray Dogs of Saint-Louis , a breed that has now disappeared. It was part of the French royal packs for a long time, until François I decided to replace them with other varieties. It will then experience a significant decline, but a handful of enthusiasts from the Nivernais country will continue the breed while retaining a few representatives.

Subsequent contributions of English Foxhound, Otterhound and Griffon Vendéen operated towards the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th will bring it closer to current standards. The Griffon Nivernais club was founded in 1925. The breed was definitively recognized by the FCI on December 15, 1959.

Griffon Nivernais Pictures

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Physical features

His hair: long, bushy, thick and quite rough in texture. The eyebrows are rather full, but without covering the eyes of the dog. A slight beard is also visible.
Its color: charcoal (the ends of the hairs are darker than their bases), whatever the color, more or less dark fawn, with fawn markings on the eyebrows, cheeks, chest, limbs and under the tail. Possibly scattered white hairs, even a white spot on the chest.
His head: slightly more than average in length, lean. The skull is almost flat, moderately broad, with a little marked stop.
Its ears: not very thick, of medium width and length, rather turned inwards at their terminations, drooping, of medium attachment and well furnished with hair.
His eyes: ideally dark in color, displaying a penetrating and lively gaze. The conjunctiva is not visible and the eyelids are well colored.
Its body: of length slightly greater than the height, with the relatively narrow withers and blending harmoniously with the neck, the sturdy back and of good length, the solid loins, the rather thin croup and the lean musculature, the chest not very wide and the bottom line a little raised towards the rear.
Its tail: of moderate length, thicker in the middle, set high and carried a little below the horizontal. Reached upwards and slightly curved when the dog is in action.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Griffon Nivernais is an energetic dog, full of vivacity , endowed with a remarkable spirit of initiative and great courage . Combined with its enduring character, all this makes the Griffon Nivernais an excellent hunting dog , particularly gifted against wild boar. Despite his somewhat sad appearance, he is dynamic and never fearful. He prefers to hunt alone or in small groups. At home, he can be a very good companion, due to his attachment to his master and his family, even if it is especially for hunting that he is appreciated. This dog can sometimes be stubborn and independent .

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Living conditions

Suitable for apartment living
Good for new masters
Love it hot
Love the cold

The Griffon Nivernais is not made to live in the city, let alone in an apartment. Appreciating family life, he will prefer spacious and open environments .


Ease of gaining weight

Rustic and robust dog, the Griffon Nivernais tolerates cold and bad weather very well , but is more sensitive to heat. It is not exposed to any particular risk of pathologies. Like most dog breeds with floppy ears, he can suffer from ear infections if his ears are not supervised.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size


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Life expectancy

The life expectancy of a Griffon Nivernais is, on average, less than 0 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

Ease of maintenance
Cost of maintenance
Hair loss
Drool level
Ease of grooming

The Griffon Nivernais is a dog with a rustic coat that does not require a lot of maintenance work. It must remain regular to avoid skin and hair problems. The ears should be inspected constantly to prevent ear infections.

The Griffon Nivernais needs to stay active in order to live happy and fulfilled. He is a born hunter who cannot deprive himself of his long daily outings and who will appreciate in particular evolving on difficult terrain.

It is recommended to brush the dog weekly. Grooming and bathing are not necessary.

Price and budget

Purchase price

400 €
800 €

The purchase price of a Griffon Nivernais is between € 400 and € 800.

Annual maintenance cost


The annual maintenance cost of a Griffon Nivernais is between NC and NC.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play


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