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FCI-Standard N° 19
BRIQUET GRIFFON VENDEEN
This illustration does not necessarily show the ideal example of the breed. FCI-St. N° 19 / 18.02.2000
TRANSLATION : John Miller and Raymond Triquet.
ORIGIN : France.
DATE OF PUBLICATION OF THE OFFICIAL VALID
STANDARD : 09.01.1999.
UTILIZATION : Scenthound for hunting with the gun of large
game, and also of fox and hare, usually working in a small pack.
FCI-CLASSIFICATION : Group 6 Scenthounds and related
Section 1.2 Medium-sized Hounds.
With working trial.
BRIEF HISTORICAL SUMMARY : It is the only breed having
kept this name « Briquet », which means « medium-sized dog ».
Selection dates from before the first World War by the Comte
d’Elva. It is a harmonious and improved reduction of the Grand
Griffon Vendéen, distinguished, rather stocky in its construction.
Decimated several times because of wars, the Briquet type
reappeared in Fontenay le Comte (Vendée) in 1946. At present, one
finds numerous subjects of quality; a team of Briquets won the
trophy of France on roe deer in 1995 and numerous teams are
unleashed on wild boar.
GENERAL APPEARANCE : Griffon of medium size, receptive
and very determined. Rather stocky and well proportioned.
BEHAVIOUR / TEMPERAMENT :
Behaviour : Fine nose; fast dog with pleasant voice, does not refuse
bramble; very nimble on rough terrain, hunts rather with nose to the
wind. FCI-St. N° 19 / 18.02.2000
Temperament : It takes a lot of initiative, has stamina and is robust.
It must be equally good at working a cold track, at starting game and
at driving it. The Briquet is a passionate hunter; it is up to his master
to make im obey.
CRANIAL REGION : Quite light, the lines of the skull and the
muzzle should be parallel.
Skull : Slightly domed, rather short, not very broad.
Stop : Well defined.
FACIAL REGION :
Nose : Strong, black, except for white and orange coats where a
brown colour is tolerated; well open nostrils.
Lips : Not too developed, but covering well the lower jaw; covered
with abundant moustaches.
Eyes : Dark, large and lively, the eyebrows well pronounced but not
covering the eye. The conjunctiva must not be apparent.
Leathers : Supple, narrow and fine, covered with long hair, ending in
a point, well turned inwards and not reaching the end of the muzzle,
set low, below the level of the eye.
Muzzle : Straight, rather short, practically of equal length with that
of the skull, not too broad at its extremity.
Jaws/Teeth : Scissor bite. Incisors set square to the jaws.
NECK : Long and elegant, without dewlap.
Back : Solid and short, straight or very slightly rising.
Loin : Straight, muscled and well coupled.
Chest : Not too wide, quite deep, reaching the level of the elbow.
Ribs : Moderately rounded.
Flank : Full. Underline very slightly raised towards the rear.
TAIL : Thick at the base, tapering progressively, set high, sabre
carriage, but never as a sickle; rather short. FCI-St. N° 19 / 18.02.2000
General appearance : Quarters quite strong but without being heavy,
vertical and parallel.
Shoulder : Long, clean and slanting.
Elbow: Low set and close to the body.
Forearm : Strong bone structure and straight.
General appearance : Well developed, vertical and parallel.
Thigh : Long and muscled.
Hock-joint : Large and well let down. Seen from the back, never
cow-hocked nor bandy-legged. Seen in profile, angle of hock
FEET : Not too strong, pads hard, the toes well arched and tight,
nails solid. A good pigmentation of the pads and nails is desirable.
GAIT / MOVEMENT : Active and supple, not jerky nor bouncy.
SKIN : Rather a little thick but supple. Often marbled in the
tricolour subjects. No dewlap.
HAIR : Long without exaggeration, sometimes bushy, harsh to the
touch; undercoat well furnished; the belly and the inside of the thighs
must not be bare; eyebrows well pronounced but not covering the
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. FCI-St. N° 19 / 18.02.2000
Height at withers : Males from 50 cm to 55 cm.
Females from 48 cm to 53 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.
• Too strong, recalling that of the Grand Vendéen.
• Depigmentation of the nose, lips or eyelids.
• Muzzle too long.
• Pincer bite.
• Light eye.
• Leathers too long, flat, smooth haired and high set.
• Cylindrical or whippety.
• Back not firm enough.
• Slanting croup.
• Too long or deviated.
• Insufficient bone.
• Angulation too straight.
• Slack in pasterns.
• Toes not tight enough.
• Insufficiently dense, hair fine. FCI-St. N° 19 / 18.02.2000
• Timid subject.
ELIMINATING FAULTS :
• Aggressive or overly shy dogs.
• 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 width in the sternal region.
• Ribs narrow towards the lower part.
• Kinky tail.
• Woolly coat.
• Self-coloured coat black or white.
• Important depigmentation.
• Size outside the standard.
• Noticeable invalidating fault.
• Anatomical malformation.
• 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.