FCI / Country of Origin (France) Breed Standards          

The Grand Basset Griffon Vendeen          

The Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen         

Date of publication of the Standard - 14 February 2001
Date of publication of the Standard - 14 February 2001
TRANSLATION : John Miller and Raymond Triquet.
ORIGIN : France.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID
STANDARD : 09.01.1999.
UTILIZATION : Devil in the country, angel in the house, that's our
basset. It is a passionate hunter, that must, from an early age, get
used to obeying. Perfect assistant to the hunter with a gun on
territories of medium size, specialist for rabbit, but no other game
escapes from it.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION : Group 6 Scenthounds and related breeds.
Section 1.3 Small-sized Hounds.   With working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : For a long time the Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen had the same standard as the Grand Basset, only the size was different (from 34 to 38 cm). The result in utilization was not very brilliant, because they were semi-crooked and as heavy as the Grand Basset. That is why that M. Abel Dezamy created a separate standard for them. To define this hound, let us remember what Paul Daubigne wrote : « It is no longer a small Vendeen by simple reduction of the height, but a small Basset harmoniously reduced in all his proportions and in its volume, that is naturally endowed with all the moral qualities which presuppose the passion for hunting». A team of Petit Bassets won the first edition of France's Cup on rabbit.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Small, active and vigorous hound, with a slightly elongated body. Proud tail carriage. Coat hard and long without exaggeration. Expressive head; leathers well turned inwards, covered with long hair and set below the level of the eye, not too long.

BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT :  Behaviour : Passionate hunter, courageous, likes the bramble and scrub. Temperament : Docile but wilful and passionate.

HEAD
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Slightly domed, not too elongated nor very broad, well chiselled under the eyes, the occipital protuberance quite developed.
Stop : Frontal indentation defined.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Prominent, well developed; nostrils open, black apart from the
white and orange coats where a brown nose is tolerated.
Muzzle : Much shorter than that of the Grand Basset but nevertheless
very slightly elongated and straight. Muzzle square at its end.
Lips : Covered with abundant moustaches.
Jaws/Teeth : Scissor bite.
Eyes : Quite large with an intelligent expression, showing no white;
the conjunctiva must not be apparent. The brows surmounting the
eyes stand forward but should not obscure the eyes. Eyes must be of
a dark colour.
Leathers : Supple, narrow and fine, covered with long hair, ending in
a slight oval, turned inwards and not quite reaching the end of the
muzzle. Well set below the level of the eye.
NECK : Long and strong; well muscled; strong at set on; without
dewlap; carrying head proudly.
BODY :
Back : Straight, topline level.
Loin : Muscled.
Croup : Well muscled and quite wide.
Chest : Not too wide. Rather deep, reaching the elbow level.
Ribs : Moderately rounded.



TAIL : Set high, quite thick at its base, tapering evenly to its tip;
rather short, carried sabre fashion.

LIMBS :
Overall view : Bone structure quite strong but in proportion to size.


FOREQUARTERS :
Shoulders : Clean, oblique, well attached to the body.
Forearm : Well developed.
Wrist (carpus) : Very slightly defined.


HINDQUARTERS :
Thigh : Muscled and only slightly rounded.
Hock : Quite wide, slightly angulated, never completely straight.




FEET : Not too strong, pads hard, toes very tight, nails solid. Good
pigmentation of the pads is desirable.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Very free and effortless.
SKIN : Quite thick, often marbled in tricolour subjects. No dewlap.


COAT
HAIR : Harsh but not too long, never silky or woolly.
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.



SIZE : 
Height at withers : From 34 to 38 cm.  With a tolerance of 1 cm more or less.


FAULTS : 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.
Head :
· Too short.
· Flat skull.
· Depigmentation of nose, lips or eyelids.
· Short muzzle.
· Pincer bite.
· Light eye.
· Leathers set high, long, insufficiently turned in or lacking hair.
Body :
· Too long or too short, lacking harmony.
· Topline insufficiently firm.
· Slanting croup.
Tail :
· Deviated stern.
Limbs :
· Insufficient bone.
· Lack of angulation.
· Slack in pasterns.
Hair :
· Not dense enough, fine hair.
Behaviour :
· Timid subject.


DISQUALIFYING FAULTS :
· Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
· Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities
shall be disqualified.
· Lack of type.
· Overshot or undershot mouth.
· Wall eye/Eyes of different colours (Heterochromia).
· Lack of space in the sternal region : ribs too narrow towards the
lower part.
· Kinky tail.
· Crooked or half-crooked forelegs.
· Woolly coat.
· Self-coloured black or white coat.
· Important depigmentation.
· Size outside the standard.
· Noticeable invalidating fault. Anatomical malformation.


N.B.:
· Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.
· Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical
conformation should be used for breeding.
TRANSLATION : John Miller and Raymond Triquet.
ORIGIN : France.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID
STANDARD : 09.01.1999.
UTILIZATION : 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.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION : Group 6 Scenthounds and related breeds.
Section 1.3 Small-sized Hounds. With working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : The Grand Basset Griffon
Vendeen 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.

GENERAL APPEARANCE : Slightly elongated overall, it has
straight forelegs, the structure of a basset, and must not resemble a
small Briquet. It is balanced and elegant.


BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT :  Behaviour : Fast, well voiced, a passionate hunter; courageous, loves bramble and scrub.
Temperament : A little stubborn but nevertheless well behaved. It is
up to the master to take command.
HEAD
CRANIAL REGION :
Skull : Without heaviness, convex, elongated and not too wide, well
chiselled below the eyes. Occipital bone well developed.
Stop : Frontal indentation well defined.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : 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
moustaches.
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.
NECK : Long, robust and well muscled. Strong at set-on. Without
dewlap.
BODY : 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
protruding.
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.
TAIL : 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.
LIMBS
Overall view : Bone structure developed but lean. It should be
understood that bone quality is not a question of volume but of
density.
FOREQUARTERS :
General appearance : 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.
HINDQUARTERS :
General appearance : 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.
FEET : Strong and tight with hard pads and solid nails; good
pigmentation of pads and nails is desirable.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : The dog in action must give an impression
of resistance and ease; the movement must be free and harmonious.
SKIN : Quite thick, often marbled in the tricoloured subjects. No
dewlap.
COAT
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.
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.
SIZE :
Height at withers : Males from 40 to 44 cm.
Females from 39 to 43 cm.
With a tolerance of 1cm more or less.
FAULTS : 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.
Head :
· 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 hair.
Body :
· Too long or too short.
· Lacking harmony.
· Topline insufficiently firm.
· Slanting rump.
Tail :
· Deviated stern.
Limbs :
· Insufficient bone structure.
· Angulation too straight.
· Hocks too close.
· Slack in pasterns.
Coat :
· Insufficiently dense, fine hair.
Behaviour :
· Timid subject.

ELIMINATING FAULTS :
· Aggressive or overly shy.
· Any dog clearly showing physical or behavioural abnormalities
shall be disqualified.
· 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
part.
· 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.

N.B.:
· Male animals should have two apparently normal testicles fully
descended into the scrotum.
· Only functionally and clinically healthy dogs, with breed typical
conformation should be used for breeding.