Griffon Vendéen lighter

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The Briquet Griffon Vendéen is a medium-sized dog, griffin type, of rather compact constitution. Built harmoniously and in a well-proportioned manner, the Briquet Griffon Vendéen has an active and well-released pace, without jerking or jerking.



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Hair type Long
Origin France
Template Average
Head shape Round
Weight and size
Sex Weight Cut
Female From 23 kg to 29 kg From 48 cm to 53 cm
Male From 23 kg to 29 kg From 50 cm to 55 cm
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History of the breed

The development of the Briquet Griffon Vendéen breed and the first selections began in a concrete way a little before the First World War. This work was mainly based on the Grand Vendéen, of which a smaller version was sought to achieve the standards of the current Briquet Griffon Vendéen. The breed’s numbers declined considerably at the end of the 2 world conflicts, then experienced a small improvement from 1946.

The Briquet Griffon Vendéen breed was definitively recognized by the Fédération Cynologique Internationale (FCI) on October 2, 1954. Its official FCI standard in force was published on January 9, 1999.

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Physical features

His hair: long, may have a bushy appearance, rather rough in texture. The outer coat is associated with a well-supplied undercoat. The eyebrows are full, but without covering the eyes.
Its color: white and black, black and tan, black with sand, white and orange markings, tricolor (fawn with black mantle and white variegation), charred fawn or charcoal sand with or without white variegation.
His head: light, well proportioned to the rest of the body. The skull is moderately domed, rather short without being broad. The stop is well marked. The nose is strong, black or brown, the nostrils well open. The muzzle is straight and short, the lips moderately developed, the jaws articulated in scissors.
His ears: set low (below the line of the eye), narrow, not very thick, flexible and ending in a point. Covered with a long hair.
His eyes: large, dark in color, full of liveliness.
His body: well proportioned, robust. The neck is long and elegant, the back solid, short and straight, the loins muscular and strong, the chest not particularly broad, rather developed in height, the moderately rounded ribs and the full flank. The bottom line is raised towards the back.
Its tail: quite short, thick at its base, tapering towards its end, high attachment, carried like a saber blade.

Behavior and character

Barks / howls

Behavior with others

Cohabitation with children
Sociable with other animals
Love strangers

The Briquet Griffon Vendéen is a hunter driven by great passion and a remarkable spirit of initiative. Hound, it is mainly used for shooting large game, hare and fox. the Griffon Vendéen lighter shows off his fine nose, speed, tenacity and endurance on the most difficult terrain. In family, he is gentle and affectionate , never aggressive, especially with children.

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It is important to teach him to recall from an early age . Otherwise, he risks wandering off at the slightest lead that attracts him. Obedience must also be taught to him at an early stage, but without seeking the balance of power. Although it has many qualities, the Briquet Griffon Vendéen can be very stubborn .

Living conditions

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

The Briquet Griffon Vendéen is especially made to live in a rural environment , even if it can adapt to the city if it is walked enough.


Ease of gaining weight

the   Briquet Griffon Vendéen is a rustic and robust dog. Characterized by solid health, he does not fear much at this level. Its double, long and well-supplied hair gives it fairly good protection against the cold and bad weather.

Hypoallergenic breed


Litter size

Between 4 and 6 puppies.

Major concerns
Hip dysplasia
Minor concerns
Occasional concerns
Ear infections
Suggested tests

To protect you from these risks and insure your companion in the event of health problems, Woopets recommends a Briquet Griffon Vendéen dog insurance .

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Life expectancy

Minimum: 10 years

Maximum: 12 years

The life expectancy of a Briquet Griffon Vendéen is, on average, between 10 years and 12 years.

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Maintenance and hygiene

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

The Briquet Griffon Vendéen requires regular maintenance , both in terms of her dress and her floppy ears. Apart from this, he does not require great efforts in this area.

It is recommended to brush the dog 2-3 times a week , using a wire brush or comb, to keep the hair clean and remove dead hair. The inside of its ears should be inspected carefully after outings in the forest or in the countryside. His eyes should also be examined.

If they do not wear out naturally, its claws need to be cut regularly. If you are new to this, it is recommended that you seek advice from a veterinarian. Finally, his teeth must be brushed to eliminate the accumulation of tartar and the proliferation of bacteria.

Price and budget

Purchase price

€ 300
500 €

The purchase price of a Griffon Vendéen lighter is between € 300 and € 500.

Annual maintenance cost

400 €
600 €

The annual maintenance cost of a Griffon Vendéen lighter is between € 400 and € 600.

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The Briquet Griffon Vendéen is not difficult and is satisfied with a balanced and quality industrial diet. His food, to be divided into 2 meals per day, must be adapted to his level of exercise, his age and his size.

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Physical activity

Energy level
Potential to play

The Briquet Griffon Vendéen is a hunter who needs a lot of energy . Without being hyperactive, it requires long daily outings allowing it to express its hunting instincts, to breathe and to move freely. He enjoys accompanying his owner on hikes, jogging and other outdoor physical activities. The sessions of play with his master are also not to be neglected.


Classifications & Standards
(FCI) Fédération Cynologique Internationale
(UKC) United Kennel Club


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FCI Information



FCI Group

Group 6: Hounds, Blood Test Dogs and Related Breeds

Recognized by FCI

Since 1954


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